The legacy of kindness, hard work and generosity left behind by UH engineering alumnus William A. Brookshire† (BSChE '57) continues to live on at the Cullen College, where hundreds of undergraduate students receive significant support for their education through Brookshire scholarships.
The 2017-2018 recipients of the Brookshire scholarships gathered for a Luncheon in Brookshire’s honor at the UH Hilton on March 6 .
Undergraduate students at the Cullen College have rigorous course schedules and many work full-time jobs to pay for their education. The Brookshire scholarships allow these students the opportunity to focus on their education, internships, research, professional development and extracurricular activities.
Brookshire, a chemical engineering alumnus, had a very similar college experience. He was the first in his family to earn a high school diploma.
“I had to work a full-time job during the day while attending night classes to finish my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Houston,” Brookshire has said.
Acknowledging the unique challenges faced by students who work while earning their engineering degrees, Brookshire founded two scholarships to help ease their financial burdens while recognizing their dedication to hard work and their engineering education.
The William A. Brookshire Scholarship is for students taking a full course load (12 hours) and working at least 20 hours a week, and the William A. Brookshire IMPACT Scholarship is for students who are working, taking a full course load and paying for college on their own with no outside financial support.
At the Luncheon, scholarship recipients took turns sharing how the scholarship has helped them personally and professionally.
† Brookshire, co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2017.