A Generous Apprentice
As a college freshman, Bob Winot '71 worked a 40-hour week at the General Electric plant in Somersworth. After an eight-hour workday at his apprenticeship, he'd drive to campus for night classes, stay late to do homework, then finally head home to sleep. It was a routine he would repeat every day for three and a half years.
"You really had to want it to put in that kind of effort but I never wanted to quit," recalls Winot, who grew up in a working class family in Cavendish, Vermont. He graduated from UNH in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from UNH in 1974. Now retired from a successful career at IBM, Winot has pledged $2 million of his estate to create scholarships in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences that will cover the cost of tuition for as many as four students each year. The scholarships will be awarded to students from New Hampshire and Vermont who demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
"I wanted this scholarship to be significant enough that a deserving kid wouldn't have to work as hard as I did and would be able to get out of college debt free," Winot explains. "This might mean they don't have to work at a full-time job and can live on campus and go through college the traditional way."
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