Donor Stories


Donor Stories

Our donors are invaluable partners, helping to ensure a Lawrence Tech education is as accessible as it is exceptional. Their support takes many forms—from annual gifts to in-kind donations to bequests—and each has their own unique reason for giving to LTU. They power scholarships, educational technologies, research, new buildings and academic programs, athletics, and more.

But what they all have in common is their impact on students. Our donors dare to make a difference at LTU so that Blue Devils can make a difference in our communities—and around the world!

We hope their stories inspire you to make an impact too.

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What are you passionate about supporting at Lawrence Tech? Do you want to inspire others to contribute to the university? We’d love to hear from you!


Gene Dickirson, BSME '73 

Gene’s career ambitions in Detroit’s automotive industry brought him to Lawrence Tech, which gave him the flexibility to attend night classes while working full time. He’s been giving back to the school he says gave him so much for almost 40 years!

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Bernard White, BSCE'80 

Bernard believes there are three phases in one’s life. You learn, you earn, and then you reach a point where it’s time to “give back” – to think about how you can help support the nextgeneration.

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Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell (Friend of LTU and Scholarship Donor, Legacy Society Member) 

After joining the committee for LTU’s annual golf outing, Karen discovered that the university felt more like home than her own alma mater. Thanks to a matching gift program through DTE Energy, she’s been able to establish an endowed scholarship to support students who share her love of architecture.

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Ken Cook

Ken Cook, BSEE’64 

Ken came to LIT as a student in the 60s and has stuck around ever since. The reason he’s stayed is the same reason he gives back – how much he values what he calls the LTU “family”.

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Niki Kennedy

Nicole Kennedy, MD, MSE, MS, BSEE'95 

It might seem like quite a jump to make, from Electrical Engineering to Medicine, but she says surgery is the ultimate engineering job!” Her path may not be typical, but it’s been a rewarding one and it all began at Lawrence Tech.

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