Three Clarkson Alumnae Create $30,000 Engineering Endowment
Only eight years after their graduation, three members of the Clarkson University Class of 1992 have created a $30,000 endowment for the University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
The Clarkson University NSBE Endowment Fund is the result of a commitment by LaDawn R. Holley and Lori Brown Griggs, both of New York, and Taunglea Sims Ambroise of Brooklyn, N.Y., all original members of Clarkson’s NSBE chapter when it was founded in 1990. Their employers, Agilent Technologies, Goldman Sachs & Company and Gateway, respectively, provided matching gifts for a portion of the donation.
NSBE is a professional society dedicated to increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The national organization has over 10,000 members in 270 collegiate, 75 pre-college and 75 professional chapters in the United States, Canada and overseas.
The Clarkson University NSBE Endowment Fund will provide financial support for chapter operations, conference travels and annual recognition dinners. The funding will also help support the chapter’s community service programs and volunteer work, such as organizing a book drive and co-sponsoring a corporate reception on campus.
Clarkson president, Dr. Dennis Brown, praised the commitment of the trio, saying, “So often, we hear about alumni who make the selfless decision to give back to their alma mater 20, 30, even 40 years after their graduation. Young alumni who create endowments for the benefit of future students are the exceptions, not the rule. The NSBE Endowment Fund set up by LaDawn, Lori and Taunglea is an inspiration for others to make a similar effort on behalf of Clarkson.”
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