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Diversity Challenge

Engineering Diversity Endowments

Commitments received as of April 30, 2017: $805,090
Diversity Challenge Goal: $1,000,000

In 2018 the Tickle College of Engineering will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the Minority Engineering (Scholarship) Program. From this singular and highly successful start, initiated by former dean Fred Peebles and led by the incomparable Fred Brown, the Office of Engineering Diversity emerged. Today, three professional staff members serve over 400 students and provide support for over 15 programs.

Alumni leaders Dwight Hutchins (MESP Group 9), Cavanaugh Mims (MESP Group 9), and Rodney Brooks (MESP Group 8) have challenged alumni and friends to invest in the legacies of Fred Brown and Jim Pippin by philanthropically supporting three strategic funds:

  • The Engineering Diversity Excellence Endowment
  • The Fred Brown, Jr. Minority Academic Endowment
  • The James Pippin Pre-College Program Endowment

The goal:  $1 million between December 2011 and December 2018

To participate in the ongoing work that continues the legacies of Fred Brown and Jim Pippin – providing access and opportunity – click “Give Now” to make a gift or set up a pledge. All pledges and gifts documented by December 31, 2018, regardless of their end date, will be counted.  Thank you for your support!


Participation Percentage by MESP Group Members

December 1, 2011 – March 31, 2017


Total Donors by Class Year

December 1, 2011 – March 31, 2017

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