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By: Isaiah Silva

The Las Cruces Rotary Club recently gave NMSU’s College of Engineering a gift of nearly $128,000.

The donation was made to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship. The Las Cruces Rotary Club has now given NMSU more than $2 million.

During the men’s basketball game on February 4, 2017, Rotary President Christopher Dulany, former president Alex Keatts and Bill Harty presented a check to the NMSU Foundation and Chancellor, Garrey Carruthers.

“We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous gift from the Rotary Club of Las Cruces to support our students,” Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering Dean, said.

The Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship was created in 1980. The scholarship awards and recognizes engineering students at New Mexico State with a GPA higher than 3.0. According to Bill Hardy, Rotary Club Treasurer, Alec Hood had an interest in mechanics and engineering. Through his will, he established the scholarship that has helped and will help engineering students.

“The Alec and Margaret Hood Scholarship has already benefited the lives of numerous students since 1985 and will now support more deserving students for many years to come,” Dean Reddi said.

A rotary club is a group of volunteers that want to help the community. According to lascrucesrotary.org, they “build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.” Thus, keeping true to their slogan, “Service before Self.” They devote a lot of their time being selfless and helping those in need. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.

Rotarians get involved with their communities, connect with other professionals, share time and experiences with young people, support global causes, and use their skills to help others.

The Las Cruces Rotary Club was founded in 1923. Since then, it has kept its relationship with NMSU tight. Many of the buildings on campus are named after club members.

Alec Hood was a World War I veteran, owned a business in Las Cruces, and was a long time member of the Las Cruces Rotary Club. His wife, Margaret Hood was a journalist. She was also wrote mystery novels.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to increase our support of university students in honor of Alec C. Hood’s long and dedicated service to Rotary and our community,” Bill Harty said.

It is thanks to the selflessness of others that many students will get to further their education. For information on the Las Cruces Rotary Club, visit lascrucesrotary.org.

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