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New Scholarship Fund to Benefit Biomedical Engineering Students

September 4, 2003

Dr. Robert C. Eberhart, former director of the Biomedical Engineering Program in The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, and his wife, Carol, have established an endowed scholarship fund in their names to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students majoring in biomedical engineering at UTA.

The Eberharts contributed $10,000 to provide initial funding for the scholarships; additional gifts may be made to the endowment fund. The Robert and Carol Eberhart Scholarship Fund was established to recognize the growth in size and stature of the Biomedical Engineering Program at UTA and the excellence of the student body.

“By acknowledging their academic achievements via this endowment, Mrs. Eberhart and I hope to encourage excellent students to pursue graduate biomedical engineering education and careers in the field,” said Dr. Eberhart.

Dr. Eberhart served as chairman of the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at UTA and the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas from 1983 to 2001. During his stewardship, the Biomedical Engineering faculty at UTA grew from two to five full-time members and enrollment grew six-fold. A five-year, dual-degree program with the Department of Biology, leading to a BS in Biology and an MS in Biomedical Engineering, was also initiated during this time and has thrived.

Dr. Eberhart is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has served in leadership positions in several national organizations and on publication editorial boards. Carol Venel Eberhart holds an MS in Education and taught for several years at the Winston School in Dallas, where she pioneered the development of a combined English and humanities curriculum. She later taught at the Episcopal High School in Dallas, where she developed a broad treatment of world history.

A Biomedical Engineering Scholarship Committee, elected by the program faculty, will select the annual recipients. Application forms will be available in the Biomedical Engineering Program office, room 220 in the Engineering Lab Building.

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