SOUTHFIELD — A bequest of more than $5 million will be used to fund full scholarships for engineering students at Lawrence Technological University.
The money comes from a trust established by George and Dorothea G. Mink of Clinton Township. Mrs. Mink died in May 2013, and her husband, a former student, died two months later. They had no children.
The engineering scholarships, funded with the income from the permanent endowment, will be awarded starting with the fall semester in 2016.
Mink had several patents for material-handling apparatus.
Dennis Howie, LTU’s interim vice president of advancement, said that the George and Dorothea G. Mink Endowed Scholarship in Engineering is one of the largest for LTU’s College of Engineering. The scholarships will be awarded primarily on academic merit, with financial need and other factors to be taken into consideration. The annual scholarships will be renewable if certain academic standards are maintained.
The scholarships will help Lawrence Tech attract and retain more top students, according to LTU President Virinder Moudgil.
“This generous bequest will have a profound impact on the lives of our students,” Moudgil said. “We are so grateful that Mr. and Mrs. Mink chose to share the priceless gift of a great education with so many other students today and for generations to come.”
This is the second endowed scholarship fund for engineering students recently announced by Lawrence Tech. The Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association has donated $750,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund for undergraduate mechanical engineering students.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.