Russell T. Crockett Jr. (CIT'87) credits his Carnegie Mellon education and student advisors' support with playing crucial roles in his success in the chemical industry.
Now Crockett's returning the favor – by establishing an endowed legacy diversity scholarship with a $50,000 donation.
"The Carnegie Mellon experience has been so valuable and has opened so many doors for me over the last 20 years, I have no choice but to give something back," explained Crockett.
"When I tell people I went to Carnegie Mellon, it stops them in their tracks," he said. "It tells people you've been through an exceptional experience."
Crockett established the scholarship fund to support the legacy of the Carnegie Mellon Action Project (known now as the student advising center called CMARC) and the efforts of Dr. Norman Johnson, Dr. Marion Oliver and others like them who were instrumental in strengthening diversity at the university.
He added, "If alums are reading this story, I want them to stop and think about the doors that opened for them because they graduated from Carnegie Mellon. And if they have it in their spirit to want to give back, to do just that."