Tim Willis (’88, EE) watched his father work two jobs to pay for his college education, so he knows how hard it can be for a family to send their children to college.
To help alleviate those struggles, Willis donated $25,000 to the Keep Me Kettering Scholarship Fund.
“Students, when they Co-op, have the opportunity to earn money and help pay for their education, but not everyone has money to pay for the full tuition, and sometimes they’re not always eligible for financial aid,” Willis said.
Founded in 2014, the Keep Me Kettering Scholarship Fund provides support to students who struggle financially. Students can use the money to pay for tuition. Since its inception, the fund has raised more than $2 million, helping 243 students in need. This year, 41 students have received support from the Keep Me Kettering Scholarship Fund.
Willis, who is Vice President of Global Supply, Manufacturing and Strategy for Aeva Inc., a California-based company that produces LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles, said his time at Kettering helped him learn how to best manage his time and face challenges to be successful.
“I’ve never shied away from difficult assignments or challenges, and I think that has to do with Kettering preparing us to take on challenges and not being afraid to work hard,” he said.
He said giving to the Keep Me Kettering fund will give other students that opportunity too.
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