Celebrating Our Donors: Students

Support Talented Students

The College provides a comprehensive experience that ensures our alumni are well-equipped. Resources for first year graduate fellowships both increase our ability to attract the most qualified students and help them meet their required expenses and advance each department’s important research initiatives. Undergraduate scholarships assist the nearly 60 percent of our student population eligible for financial aid in meeting their required expense without amassing significant debt. Scholarships provide deserving students with an opportunity to turn their extraordinary potential into accomplishment.

Rachel Koh, who recently completed her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont, is the first recipient of the Kenneth A. Lloyd Fellowship, awarded to this highly-qualified incoming doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department. Mr. Lloyd graduated from the College of Engineering in 1973, having majored in mechanical engineering, and is currently the vice president and general manager of Electro Switch Corporation in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Alumnus Paul Engel (B.S.’74, Computer Systems Engineering) and his wife Debi Engel have been long-time supporters of the College of Engineering, and their legacy here includes a scholarship they established in 2000 and named after the local company they co-own. The scholarship is officially called the Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. Scholarship Endowment, which supports students from Western Massachusetts who are matriculating in the College of Engineering. The company is a manufacturer and supplier of Polyofin, PVC, TPU, TRE, and low-smoke halogen insulated low-temperature thermoplastic-shielded and unshielded cables. Quabbin employs approximately 100 workers. In total, the renewable scholarship has supported 11 undergraduates since 2000. 

Thomas J. Laramee, who received his B.S. (1994) in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and his M.S. (1997) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from UMass Amherst, has created the Al Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. George Albert (Al) Russell, who passed away in April after a brief illness. Dr. Russell taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for 34 years after earning his doctorate in 1968. Mr. Laramee currently serves as Principal Engineer of Zulily, Inc., a successful Internet startup in Seattle. Mr. Laramee pledged a cash gift of $32,000, $2,000 of which will fund the first Russell Scholar for the 2012 – 2013 academic year, while the $30,000 endowment is being invested.