thank-you gift
From left are Sam Dawson, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Benjamin Setterbo
and UTSA Dean Mauli Agrawal as Romo presents Dawson with a thank-you gift
for the scholarship donation.

Pape-Dawson donates to UTSA engineering college

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Aug. 6, 2007)--The UTSA College of Engineering recently received $100,000 from Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. to establish an endowed scholarship. The largest private scholarship donation ever received by the engineering college, it will be used to support eligible students in civil or environmental engineering.

"We see the impact that UTSA is having on San Antonio and recognize the quality of engineering graduates coming out of this university," said Sam Dawson, chief executive officer, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. "These students have been academically challenged and are equivalent in ability and potential to some of the graduates we've hired from larger universities in the state."

"We have 70 percent of our students on financial aid and many come from families where the parents have never been to college," said C. Mauli Agrawal, dean of the UTSA College of Engineering. "Pape-Dawson has a long history of support for UTSA, and this donation will help future engineering students for many generations to come to earn a college degree."

The first scholarship recipient is Benjamin Setterbo, a 20-year-old sophomore civil engineering major from Rockport, Texas.

"I am ecstatic and thankful for this scholarship that will help pay for college and help me earn my degree," said Setterbo. "I am also fascinated by the idea that one day I could be driving down the road and see a building that I helped construct."

Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. provides civil and environmental engineering and related surveying services to the public and private sector throughout South Texas.

UTSA's College of Engineering, one of the nation's leading producers of Hispanic engineers, offers high-quality doctoral, master's and ABET-accredited bachelor's degree programs. The college's four departments -- Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering -- have prepared thousands of graduates for successful careers in the public and private sectors and higher education. Over the past five years, the college has seen a 90 percent increase in enrollment with more than 2,100 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in its programs.

For more information, visit the UTSA College of Engineering Web site.

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