A $50,000 scholarship presented by Dallas-based engineering design, consulting, and professional services firm Mbroh Engineering will be the first endowed scholarship for students in the Diversity Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) and will also support the UT Dallas chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), according to a statement.
Mbroh Engineering granted UT Dallas the $50,000 gift on Comets Giving Day, which is expected to impact the education of future students at the university.
“I realize that there are top talented young people who would benefit from a little financial support,” Anthony Mbroh, president of Mbroh Engineering, said in a statement. “If the scholarship allows them to focus on achieving excellence, then we will have achieved our goal.”
Since the Diversity Scholars Program launched in 2010, it has aided more than 200 students in receiving scholarships. The organization has also strived to create an increasingly diverse enrollment of students within the university, according to a statement.
“The students in the program participate in an academic success initiative where they meet monthly with a scholarship advisor and participate in leadership, professional and personal development workshops,” Raul Hinojosa, director of community engagement at UT Dallas, said in a statement. “Mbroh Engineering’s commitment to establish an endowed scholarship for a Diversity Scholar is a life-changing investment in a student’s future.”
The commitment was sparked by Mbroh’s college experience at Oklahoma State University. Looking back on the financial aid he received and his participation in the university’s NSBE chapter made Mbroh decide that he wanted to give the same support and encouragement to aspiring engineers.
“As a young man in college following the loss of my mother to cancer, it was through the grace, support and encouragement of many people that I completed my college education and later found success in engineering,” Mbroh said. “If this scholarship helps a gifted engineer continue his or her journey to success, then this is all of the gratitude we need.”
Mbroh also previously made a leadership commitment to the Executive Council at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science after becoming interested in the school’s approach to engineering and research, according to him.
“The quality of education, particularly in the Jonsson School, is among the best in Texas and across the country,” Mbroh said. “As a Dallas-based engineering firm, having a partnership with a nationally rated top-tier engineering school that happens to reside in our backyard is a perfect match.”
Improving education, however, can become more influential by working with the industry so that students can focus on current issues that coincide with what they learn in the classroom, according to the dean of the Jonsson School Dr. Stephanie Adams.
Mbroh Engineering will be a part of this effort as its team plans to mentor and provide practical education to UT Dallas students.
“Our task is to produce an engineer who is agile and flexible in their thinking and brings a variety of perspectives to the challenges you’re asking them to solve,” Adams said in a statement. “Partners like Mbroh make a Jonsson School education accessible to the diverse community of students whose experiences and ideas we want to include in our problem-solving.”
Along with creating the endowed scholarship, Mbroh Engineering also made a commitment to volunteer on the Jonsson School Executive Council and to support programs such as the Big Idea Competition and Undergraduate Success Scholars. The company’s leaders hope that its efforts will set the tone for others on Comets Giving Day.
“My hope is that people who have created success and now have financial flexibility will reach out to the next generations and provide the same helping hand that was afforded to them,” Mbroh said.
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