As an ECE adjunct faculty member, Dr. Bill Eads understands firsthand the financial challenges that some electrical and computer engineering students face. That is why Dr. Eads and his wife, Marcia, decided to establish the Eads Family Scholarship.
"Over the past several years, I have seen plenty of students struggle financially while taking a full course load and working many hours," said Dr. Eads. "It really makes it difficult for them to focus their attention on learning difficult material." He added, "Marcia and I believe that one of the most effective uses of our charitable contributions is to help alleviate the financial burden for serious students who really need the assistance."
The Eads Family Scholarship will support one electrical or computer engineering freshman per year for the next four years, beginning this fall. The scholarship recipients must have a high school G.P.A. of 3.2 or better and demonstrate financial need. Each scholarship is renewable, provided the selection criteria are met.
Dr. Eads, who joined the ECE department in 2002 after a longstanding career with Hewlett-Packard, enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for engineering and real-world experiences to help students learn complex concepts. Mrs. Eads also shares a passion for education, having served for 20 years as an elementary school teacher in Loveland, Colorado. Dr. and Mrs. Eads have three children, all of whom received college degrees.
Dr. Eads noted, "We would like to encourage others who have enjoyed successful careers as a result of their engineering education to also support future generations of students, whether by teaching or by giving scholarships or scholarship endowments. We believe it is one of the best ways to help ensure successful engineering careers for years to come."