In 2003, Fred C. Benson, a professor at Texas A&M Kingsville passed away. A few of his friends, family, and students got together and created the Fred C. Benson Endowed Civil Engineering Scholarship in his memory, funding it year by year. However, after a number of years, the endowment was left $680 short of its $25,000 goal.
The ASCE Corpus Christi Branch found out about the incomplete endowment and decided to help. In February the Corpus Christi Branch and the Texas A&M University Kingsville Student Chapter held a joint meeting, where among the typical meeting happenings, a check was presented to the faculty for the remaining balance, completing the endowment. The endowment has earned interest since 2004 and has already paid out over $17,000 to students.
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Submitted by: Stephen L Skrobarczyk, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE
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