Terre Haute native makes $1 million donation to Rose-Hulman, forms new scholarship program

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced a $1 million donation Tuesday from Terre Haute native David Hannum and his wife, Kathy, to form a new scholarship program.

Spanning four generations, David is one of 12 members of the Garmong/Hannum families to graduate from Rose-Hulman. He said the impact Rose-Hulman made on his life and business is a key reason why he donated $1 million to establish a new scholarship fund supporting future graduates of Vigo County high schools.

The scholarship fund will cover a student’s full tuition for four years. Prospective scholarship candidates must meet Rose-Hulman’s academic entrance requirements, rank in the top 5% of their graduating class and be accepted into the Noblitt Scholars program.

“Rose-Hulman changes lives through its demanding academics and quality facilities, excellent and caring faculty and staff, and special campus community,” Hannum, a 1981 mechanical engineering alumnus and president of Garmong Construction Services, said. “Rose-Hulman changed my life. So, Kathy and I want local students to benefit from Rose-Hulman well into the future.”

The Hannums added that they hope the scholarship supports well-rounded students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields who have also demonstrated “outstanding leadership skills through a variety of past teamwork experiences”.

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons expressed his appreciation that the Hannums share Rose-Hulman’s commitment to make the college accessible for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

“The Garmong family has a proud history at Rose-Hulman and the David and Kathy Hannum Scholarship Fund will continue to strengthen those bonds, while making it possible for more high-achieving Wabash Valley students to attend in the future,” Coons said.

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