A graduate from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has gifted £10,000 for a scholarship to support BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students.
Gerry Donnelly studied the course at UWS 38 years ago and has pledged the money due to his own positive experience at the University, where he won the prestigious Eccles Scholarship for international travel. Mr Donnelly - a prominent member of the American Institute of Civil Engineering - used the scholarship to go to the United States and subsequently launched a successful 38-year career with engineering giant, STV Incorporated.
Professor Carl Schaschke, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “We are delighted to accept Gerry’s generous gift.
“Gerry has had a fantastic career in civil engineering and we are grateful for his support. We look forward to awarding two of our students the Gerry Donnelly Civil Engineering Scholarship later this year.”
Launched on 1 October, the scholarship will see £1000 being awarded to two third-year BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering students annually, with the funding programme running for five years.
Although he now lives in the US, Mr Donnelly is originally from Neilston and maintains close links with Scotland. After a recent visit to UWS’s Paisley campus, Mr Donnelly decided he wanted to give something back to the University, in recognition of the significant, positive impact that his time at UWS had on his career.