Local Engineering Firm Launches Scholarship InitiativeBy Andrew Sherwood
For many years, the UConn School of Engineering has been proud to partner with locally owned engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill. As part of their continued investment in UConn, the company has launched a new matching gift initiative that will increase funding for the Fuss & O’Neill Endowed Scholarship Fund.
At a reception held at Cheney Hall in Manchester, Peter Grose, president and CEO of Fuss & O’Neill, announced that the company plans to invest up to $30,000 over the next three years into the scholarship endowment. During this time, the company has pledged to commit a total of $15,000 to the scholarship fund. In addition, Fuss & O’Neill will match all private gifts made to the endowment, for a total of up to $15,000.
“UConn is a leader in the engineering field,” said Grose. “The partnership we have enjoyed with them has figured prominently into the success we’ve enjoyed as a company. As we look into the future of Fuss & O’Neill, we are excited to continue supporting and working with top engineers and scientists who graduate from the UConn School of Engineering.”
“This is a very exciting and rewarding time to be part of the UConn School of Engineering,” said Dr. Ross Bagtzoglou, Head of UConn’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. “With our continued growth, it is vital that we have the resources to provide scholarship opportunities. This will allow us to continue attracting the top students and provide them with tools necessary to be successful. We are very grateful for this increased investment by Fuss & O’Neill. It will provide great value for our current and future students.”
Through the years, many individuals with ties to the University of Connecticut have worked for Fuss & O’Neill. Currently the company employs 42 UConn alums, including Katy Carrol ‘82, who has worked in graphic design and marketing for more than 25 years.
For Katy, the University of Connecticut has always been an important part of her life. Both of her parents graduated from UConn (Kenneth Uliasz ’55 & Joanne Uliasz ’58) and currently her son Cody is a senior on campus studying journalism.
Through this new matching gift program, she will have the opportunity to support both her employer as well as the school that has meant so much to her and her family.
“Having the chance to support both of these wonderful organizations makes me feel right at home,” she said. “I am a proud alum, so it means a lot to know I work for a company that shares the same commitment to UConn that I have.”
Awarded annually since 1999, the Fuss & O’Neill Scholarship has played a pivotal role in the lives of many talented engineering students at UConn. This year the scholarship was awarded to seniors Kevin Pierce and Alex Freeman.
“My whole experience as a student at UConn has been amazing,” Pierce said. “The Fuss & O’Neill scholarship has been incredibly helpful. It’s opened up so many doors and opportunities for me. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”
“I am very thankful to receive the Fuss & O’Neill scholarship,” Freeman said. “Seeing how much this scholarship has helped me, has inspired me to one day give back to UConn so future students can enjoy the same opportunities that I have.”