By Morgan Eichensehr
Feb. 19, 2021
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. will give Morgan State University $300,000 over three years to help maintain the pipeline of construction and engineering workers being produced by the Baltimore college.
The committed funds, which will be delivered in portions of $100,000 across the next three years, will be used to provide financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in construction management and engineering with a focus on construction at Morgan State. The move comes in response to the financial barriers some of the historically black university’s students and their families have faced amid the coronavirus pandemic. The university and construction management firm hope the funds will help to keep Morgan State students who are pursuing careers in the construction industry enrolled through graduation.
The university explained that Whiting-Turner’s CEO Tim Regan recently reached out to Morgan State leadership after an unnamed Whiting-Turner senior vice president, who serves on the advisory board of Morgan’s School of Architecture and Planning, had informed his company’s leadership that a number of students were being forced to unenroll because of financial challenges related to the pandemic.
“Nothing could be more important to the future of our company than supporting the pipeline for extraordinary talent that we see from great schools like Morgan,” Regan said in a statement. “I know from personal experience that getting support at those crucial and difficult points can be the difference between success and failure, between rising up and falling back.”
Whiting-Turner has an existing and growing relationship with the college. The company selects interns from the School of Architecture and Planning and the School of Engineering each year, and there are currently 24 Morgan State graduates who work for the company at locations nationwide.
Morgan State noted the construction firm has made modest monetary contributions to the school over the years, but this $300,000 is the largest contribution Whiting-Turner has committed to Morgan State to date.
“As a result of this generous commitment from Whiting-Turner, a number of Morgan students will be able to stay in school and continue their education to complete their degrees and become employees in the construction industry,” David Wilson, Morgan State’s president, said in a statement.
Source: The Baltimore Business Journal
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