More than $1.29 million in scholarships were awarded to 537 Mizzou Engineering students at Thursday’s annual Scholarship Dinner.
At the event, recipients had the chance to meet and commiserate with the individuals, families, friends and faculty of the College who funded their scholarships.
Jim Kissick was one of the hundreds of supporters of Mizzou Engineering and its students, and he served as the night’s keynote speaker. Kissick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MU in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He founded Kissick Construction Company in 1994 and is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
He spoke to attendees about the opportunities a quality education provides and the legacy it can leave, as well as the importance of a strong work ethic and helping out future generations.
“Everyone in here will graduate this year or in two or three years. Understand that somebody has paid it forward for you to earn this scholarship, you truly have an obligation to do the same. I challenge you, once you graduate, don’t wait to give back, don’t put it off,” he said.
“It’s so rewarding to pay it forward. If you get in the habit, I promise you will feel so good about what you are doing.”
Scholarship funds help Mizzou Engineering students blossom into future engineering leaders and technically-proficient engineers. Financial support helps ease their economic concerns, supporting their focus on classwork, research and extracurricular activities.
MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa thanked the College’s supporters for their generosity and illustrated several examples of the world-class achievements of Mizzou Engineering students.
“Each year brings with it another crop of brilliant undergraduate and graduate students eager to seize the experiential learning opportunities that few places but Mizzou can provide,” Loboa said. “Our research expenditures continue to climb, and we recently added even more world-class faculty to help train you, our soon-to-be globally-renowned engineers, and reach heretofore untrodden territory in the research world.
“Since I’ve joined the College of Engineering, I’ve been nothing less than impressed by the achievements of our brilliant undergraduate and graduate students. And I want to do everything I can to ensure these students continue to have the resources they need to thrive.”