Mbroh Engineering, a Dallas-based engineering design, consulting and professional services firm, made a $50,000 gift for Comets Giving Day that will have a major impact on future generations of UT Dallas students. The company’s gift will create the first endowed scholarship for the University’s Diversity Scholars Program while also supporting the UT Dallas chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
“I realize that there are top talented young people who would benefit from a little financial support,” said Anthony Mbroh, president of Mbroh Engineering. “If the scholarship allows them to focus on achieving excellence, then we will have achieved our goal.”
Created in 2010, the Diversity Scholars Program aims to increase the diversity of students enrolling at UT Dallas by providing scholarships for high achieving students who show significant financial need. During its first decade of operation, the program has supported more than 200 students.
“The students in the program participate in an academic success initiative where they meet monthly with a scholarship advisor and participate in leadership, professional and personal development workshops,” said Raul Hinojosa, director of community engagement at UT Dallas. “Mbroh Engineering’s commitment to establish an endowed scholarship for a Diversity Scholar is a life-changing investment in a student’s future.”
Anthony Mbroh was inspired by his own college experience to support UT Dallas. While attending Oklahoma State University, he received financial aid and was a member of his alma mater’s NSBE chapter.
“As a young man in college following the loss of my mother to cancer, it was through the grace, support and encouragement of many people that I completed my college education and later found success in engineering,” Mbroh said. “If this scholarship helps a gifted engineer continue his or her journey to success, then this is all of the gratitude we need.”
The company was also impressed by UT Dallas’ academic programs, students and faculty and its innovative approach to engineering and research. Last year, Mbroh Engineering made a leadership commitment to the UT Dallas academic program by joining the Executive Council at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
“The quality of education, particularly in the Jonsson School, is among the best in Texas and across the country,” Mbroh said. “As a Dallas-based engineering firm, having a partnership with a nationally rated top-tier engineering school that happens to reside in our backyard is a perfect match.”
Dr. Stephanie Adams, dean of the Jonsson School, understands that involving industry can accelerate the education of future engineers ready to take on society’s most pressing issues.
“Our task is to produce an engineer who is agile and flexible in their thinking and brings a variety of perspectives to the challenges you’re asking them to solve,” Adams said. “Partners like Mbroh make a Jonsson School education accessible to the diverse community of students whose experiences and ideas we want to include in our problem-solving.”
In addition to their scholarship support, the company will also work with UT Dallas to provide practical education and mentoring to students.
“We understand the value in blending traditional education with practical knowledge,” Mbroh said. “This is why we not only created the endowed scholarship but also made a commitment to volunteer on the Jonsson School Executive Council and to support programs such as the Big Idea Competition and Undergraduate Success Scholars.”
As members of the local community and advocates for the future of engineering in the region, company leadership hopes that others will follow their lead on Comets Giving Day.
“My hope is that people who have created success and now have financial flexibility will reach out to the next generations and provide the same helping hand that was afforded to them,” Mbroh said.
– By Daniel Steele
The University of Texas at Dallas