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Keppel AmFELS Continues its Support of Higher Education with New Gift 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 9, 2013 – Keppel AmFELS, one of the largest offshore fabrication yards on the Gulf of Mexico, made a gift of $50,000 to The University of Texas at Brownville at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, in the courtyard of the Biomedical Sciences Building.
 
Student Phong Nguyen stands with Dr. Juliet V. García, UTB President, and G.S. Tan, President and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, along with Keppel AmFELS employees and members of UTB faculty and administration.
Student Phong Nguyen stands with Dr. Juliet V. García, UTB President, and G.S. Tan, President and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, along with Keppel AmFELS employees and members of UTB faculty and administration.
The President and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, G.S. Tan, made the presentation to Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UT Brownsville.
 
“Keppel AmFELS is just the kind of business every community wished they had,” García said. “In addition to providing employees with good jobs, they have been funding scholarships at our university for many years.”
 
García said Keppel AmFELS, located at the Port of Brownsville, provides a model of how companies can become engaged in their communities, not only by providing good jobs but also by helping employees to progress in both professional and personal development.
 
“Adding to our scholarship fund is a good, relevant way we can invest in the human resources to help create a skilled workforce that is the key to our business,” Tan said. “Today’s gift does not bring us up to $100,000 yet, but we hope to meet that goal next year. Keppel AmFELS has always supported UTB and will continue to do so.”
 
The gift will go toward an existing Keppel AmFELS Endowed Scholarship.
 
Phong Nguyen, a mathematics student who has received funding from the scholarship, attended the presentation.
 
“I am pleased with my decision to attend UTB,” said Nguyen, who is in the Mathematics 4+1 Program to achieve his bachelor’s and master’s degrees on an accelerated schedule. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average and hopes to graduate in fewer than the expected five years.
 
Mathematics student Phong Nguyen speaks to the group.
Mathematics student Phong Nguyen speaks to the group.
Nguyen, a 2010 Hanna High School graduate, was born in Indonesia where his parents took refuge after escaping Viet Nam. At the age of two, the Nguyen family was reunited with an uncle who sponsored their immigration to the United States. He grew up in El Monte, California, and moved with his family to Brownsville, entering Hanna High School as a junior.
 
“I am especially grateful for the Keppel AmFELS scholarship,” Nguyen said. “The funds helped considerably for me to take summer courses last year, and I plan to apply for another scholarship for next semester.”
 
For more information on applying for a scholarship, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 956-882-8277 or financialaid@utb.edu
 
For more information on giving opportunities at UTB, contact Laurie Howell at 954-882-4334 or laurie.howell@utb.edu.
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