Trustee establishes scholarship for underrepresented students in engineering

(June 19, 2019) Kennesaw State University alumna Catherine Land-Waters ’83, a member of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, recently established a scholarship to support underrepresented students majoring in either industrial engineering technology (IET) or systems and industrial engineering (ISYE).

Catherine Land Waters“I believe that a post-high school education will have the greatest impact on a person’s life compared to most anything else they can do,” Land-Waters said. “A college education not only prepares a student for a career, but it teaches discipline, diligence, perseverance, money management and how to deal with the highs and lows of life. I believe that an education can break the cycle of poverty. I am always so proud to see the number of first generation students at the scholarship luncheon.

“So why did I establish the scholarship? Very simply, I want to help make attending college a reality for someone. What better investment could there possibly be?”

The Catherine Land-Waters Endowed Scholarship provides financial support to an IET or ISYE major in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State. Land-Waters created the endowment with gifts totaling $25,500.

“The Catherine Land Waters Endowed Scholarship is a wonderful example of generosity of our alumni who value the opportunities that their education afforded them and want to give that same opportunity to another,” said Renee Butler, interim dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and a professor in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department. “We cannot underestimate the impact that financial assistance helps our students, especially in this time when student debt is at an all-time high. I am excited that this scholarship is the first scholarship designated specifically for an IET or ISYE student and that emphasizes underrepresented groups. We know that the solutions produced are better when engineers with varied backgrounds work on society’s most challenging problems.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, the KSU student must also be a freshman enrolled full time with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

After joining the Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation in 2007, Land-Waters stayed on to serve the KSU Foundation after consolidation. She has been president of Southeastern Gas Engineering LLC since 2006 after more than 25 years with AGL (Atlanta Gas Light) Resources Inc., now called Southern Company Gas. Positons Land-Waters held with AGL Resources include senior vice president of business technology, vice president of customer service, service center manager and corrosion/communications engineer.

A generous giver to the University for over 30 years, Land-Waters earned her Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering technology in Marietta, Georgia, at what was then called Southern Technical Institute. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University.

On April 18, 2019, Land-Waters met with Butler and Dr. Gregory L. Wiles, an assistant professor and chair of the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department, on Kennesaw State’s Marietta campus for a scholarship signing ceremony.

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