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Boeing Company Gives Again to Virginia Tech
October 8, 2008

In 2007 Virginia Tech’s Student Engineers’ Council announced the creation of an endowment to benefit student design teams at the university. During the fall semester of 2007, The Boeing Company increased the size of this endowment with a gift of $50,000 from its Global Corporate Citizenship disaster relief team budget and a second gift of $15,000 from its grants program.

This fall, Boeing representative Marc Sheffler, a senior engineering manager with the aerospace giant, was back on campus to award another $10,000 to the fund.

When the Student Engineers’ Council created the endowment in the spring of 2007, it used $105,000 of money it generated from the career fair it hosts annually on campus. In 2008, the group added another $125,000 to the fund. Today, it generated a total of $305,000, more than halfway to its goal of $500,000 by 2010.

By creating the endowment, the council created a permanent funding source for the dozens of engineering design teams in the college, explained Lynn Nystrom, faculty adviser to the student group.

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