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New SCE Student Collaborative Space Dedicated

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A $59,000 gift from Burns & McDonnell and UMKC SCE alumni who are employees of the engineering firm, is responsible for the new “student collaboration space” which was officially opened at a dedication reception on June 5.
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UMKC Free Enterprise Center Planned

SCE is excited about the recent UMKC announcement that the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo., has made a significant contribution to support a new Free Enterprise Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus.  The Plaster Foundation’s contribution, described as “a significant seven-figure gift,” follows a $5 million pledge last fall from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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SCE Scholarship Students Give Thanks To Their Donors

“Without your generosity, we couldn’t educate some of what I consider to be the best and brightest students in the Kansas City region, the nation, and the world,” said Dean Kevin Truman as he thanked the donors attending the 2012 SCE Scholarship Luncheon which brought together SCE’s scholarship donors and their student scholars. Connecting our donors and students gave our SCE student scholars the opportunity to express their appreciation to their donors. Donors learned firsthand how their support helps our SCE computer science and engineering students and the impact it has on their scholarship students’ lives and careers. Student speaker, Kelsey Knoche, electrical and computer engineering senior, captured the hearts of all attending with her personal story of how important this support has been for her.

Christopher Kinzel, P.E. of HDR, a Kansas City engineering company, talked about the long-term benefits Kansas City engineering and computer science firms realize by supporting and encouraging the next generation of engineers, information technologists and computer scientists. He noted there are many ways companies and individuals can help. HDR endowed the HDR Scholarship in 2007 and it provides an internship opportunity.

This year, four newly endowed scholarships were recognized at the luncheon and their donors honored for their generosity and commitment to our computer science and engineering students. They are the 1) Bayer Scholarship; 2) Black & Veatch Scholarship; 3) Dave Hermance Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA and 4) The Chandra Scholarship Fund. Minda Mason, SCE Director of Major Gifts, noted that SCE awarded 8 new scholarships this year and that these 4 newly endowed scholarships will continue to support deserving students in perpetuity.

SCE appreciates greatly all our scholarship donors. Thank you! We are proud of our scholars and appreciate how they are often our campus leaders, serving in key roles in student government, participating in community service and raising the level of academic performance in our classrooms.

Luncheon Honors SCE Scholarship Donors!

The 2011 SCE Scholarship Luncheon brought together SCE’s scholarship donors and student scholars currently benefiting from our donor sponsored scholarships. Connecting our donors and students gave our scholarship recipients the opportunity to express their appreciation to their donors. Donors learned firsthand how their support helps our SCE computer science and engineering students and the impact it has on their scholarship students’ lives and careers. Two student speakers, Riddhiman Das and Taya Upkes, captured the hearts of all attending with their personal stories of how their scholarship changed their lives. Donor Debby Dilks talked about her personal reasons for supporting students via scholarship, including how her own father’s struggle to obtain an education and her mother’s dedication to women’s intellectual equity underlined and motivated her family’s endowment of two scholarships.

SCE was proud to recognize six new or newly endowed scholarships this year, four of which were newly endowed in 2011! They are the 1) Ankit Agarwal Computer Science Scholarship Fund; 2) Dr. C. Quinton Bowles Memorial Scholarship Endowment; 3) Black & Veatch Scholarship; 4) Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship; 5) SCE Alumni Scholarship Fund and 6) Sprint Scholarship. Three of the four newly endowed scholarship donors were present and recognized for their generosity and commitment to our computer science and engineering students. Minda Mason, Director of Major Gifts for SCE, emphasized that 70% of our SCE students qualify for some sort of scholarship support and that our SCE scholarship recipients are frequently our campus leaders , serving in key roles in student government, participating in community service and raising the level of academic performance in our classrooms.

It is with great appreciation that Dean Kevin Truman and Chancellor Leo Morton thank all of our scholarship donors!