Colorado State University - Pueblo professor honors parents with engineering scholarship
PUEBLO – Engineering students at Colorado State University-Pueblo have a new source of financial support. Dr. Jane M. Fraser, chair of the Department of Engineering, endowed a scholarship in honor of her parents, called the John M. and Jean C. Fraser Engineering Scholarship. To celebrate the new scholarship, community members will join President Joe Garcia, Fraser, and engineering faculty for departmental tours and a signing ceremony featuring Speedy the Robot as part of the University’s Convocation Week. The John M. and Jean C. Fraser Engineering Scholarship signing ceremony and Engineering Community Convocation Celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 16 in the Technology Building Foyer.
As an educator and engineer, Fraser recognizes that students often balance family, work, and education. Fraser’s commitment to CSU-Pueblo and the Department of Engineering prompted her to establish the scholarship, which honors her parents by inspiring students to remember John’s and Jean’s contributions to society.
“My parents believed in education. My father was an immigrant and my mother was the daughter of an immigrant. They both knew that education was the key to success in this country,” said Fraser.
John Fraser was a telecommunications engineer for Bell Labs and for Hughes Communication Satellite. He was a major contributor to technology that sent multiple signals on a single telephone line, to the first transatlantic telephone cable, and to the communications satellite system for Indonesia. Before his death in 2009, he completed his autobiography, Muddling Through. A copy of the book will be provided by Fraser to each scholarship recipient. Jean Fraser was active in volunteer organizations and helped establish fundraising projects in Brielle, N.J., and Torrance, Calif. Fraser’s parents also were active in politics and in local volunteer organizations in New Jersey and California.
“My parents believed strongly in giving more than taxes to the communities in which they lived,” said Fraser.
“Not only has Dr. Fraser devoted her career to raising-up students and building a world-class engineering program, but she now also has dedicated substantial financial resources to see that her vision for engineering students continues into perpetuity,” said DenaSue Potestio, executive director of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. “Fraser is the epitome of a philanthropist.”
To be eligible for the Fraser scholarship, a student must be an undergraduate majoring in industrial engineering or engineering and must articulate how the scholarship will make a difference in achieving his or her professional goals.
“We have a great engineering program and great engineering students. I hope this scholarship can give a boost to someone,” Fraser said.
For more information or to RSVP for the Aug. 16 event, call the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380.