"So, when we became aware of what the Kettering program had already initiated and it was well-established when we established our foundation, we said this is the way we would like to expand our support of the University,” he continued. “We’ve been extremely pleased with the results of the program in general, and obviously, we’re pleased with the part we’ve been able to play to help students be able to have that experience and to be able to help faculty also be able to participate.”
Thanks to their endowment, 31 students have received support this year.
The impact of these scholarships as well as the many others the University offers has been immeasurable.
Isaac Neice (‘24, ME) received a scholarship from the Roger Lachele Student Endowment, which helped him afford to attend Kettering.
“This scholarship is really making a difference in my world,” Neice said.
The Valentine Foundation Scholarship had a similar impact on Gabriel Johnson (‘23, Engineering Physics).
“I cannot express how much it aids me and allows me to go to school with much less stress,” he said. “... This scholarship is an incredible help to me and really allows me to focus all of my efforts on school.”
Reading the letters from recipients of the Dr. Hoagland '53 and Carol Hoagland Scholastic Achievement Award is encouraging for its donors.
“They are always grateful, and it’s encouraging to read that,” Lawrence said.
He was able to pay for his time at Kettering with earnings from his Co-op but received grants to attend graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He said he appreciated that support and wanted to help others.
“We set up a scholarship for scholastic achievement, and I wanted to do that because the scholastic achievement I achieved at Kettering opened up doors for me, so I wanted to provide those opportunities for others,” Lawrence said.
He said he hopes the students who received the scholarships will give back when they achieve success in their careers, and at least one recipient has already indicated that’s what she’ll do.
“You inspire me to give back,” Megan Eschelbach (‘22, ME) wrote in a letter to the Hoaglands. “When my time as a graduate student is up, I plan to follow your lead and give back through a scholarship as well. I cannot tell you how much it truly helps to receive this scholarship. It has alleviated my stresses and worries about the cost of college so that I can focus on my learning.”