Baltimore-headquartered Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. has pledged $300,000 to the city’s Morgan State University (MSU) to help construction management and engineering students stick with their degrees amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and to secure its pipeline of talented professionals.
Currently 24 graduates from MSU’s School of Architecture and Planning/School of Engineering work at Whiting Turner’s 50 offices across the U.S., and the company doesn’t want financial hardship to derail future employees’ studies, according to Global Construction Review.
The commitment entails $100,000 a year over the next three years to the university. ‘
Baltimore native Tim Regan is Whiting-Turner’s president and chief executive. News that some students were being forced to stop their matriculation because of financial hardship reached him from a Whiting-Turner senior vice president who sits on the advisory board of MSU’s School of Architecture and Planning.
“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,” he said. “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.”
As a result of the donation, a number of MSU students will be able to stay in school and continue their education.