COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — Agilent Technologies today presented $69,132 in support of student scholarships at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The presentation occurred during the monthly University of Colorado Board of Regents meeting that was held at the campus.
The donation represents a longstanding Agilent and Hewlett-Packard Corporation connection with the university and will provide scholarships for approximately 20 students at CU- Colorado Springs.
“Our continued support of the university, especially in light of today’s difficult business climate, is a demonstration of how much we value and appreciate CU-Colorado Springs,” said Jerry Schaefer, Director of Global Financial Services for Agilent and site manager of Agilent’s Colorado Springs facility.
Local Hewlett-Packard managers began matching the amount of tuition assistance dollars paid to employees for engineering and upper-level business courses each year, with a like amount to the school in the mid-1960s. The majority of Hewlett-Packard activities in Colorado Springs became part of Agilent Technologies during the spin-off in 1999. Agilent Technologies has continued this support.
Hewlett-Packard cash and in-kind gifts to CU have exceeded $15.8 million and Agilent gifts to CU exceed $650,000.
“I am deeply grateful for the continued support of Agilent Technologies of this campus and the students who attend this university,” CU-Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley said. “They are an excellent example of community and university partnership.”
In 1962, David Packard located a division of Hewlett-Packard Co. in Colorado Springs. As a condition of locating the company, he insisted that Colorado Springs have a university with an engineering college to help HP employees maintain and sharpen their skills. Packard’s collaboration with the late Colorado Governor John Love was a critical element in the development of CU-Colorado Springs. The university began offering classes in 1965 and is now the fastest growing university in Colorado.
The Agilent donations will be designated for two $1,000 scholarships for students who are members of the Society of Women Engineers. Three additional $1,500 scholarships will be earmarked for students who participate in the Chancellor’s Leadership Class. The remaining scholarship funds will be available to other students based on demonstrated financial need and scholarship ability.
Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company’s 41,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the web at www.agilent.com.
CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,000 students annually.