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Fitting Tribute

Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation endowment benefits engineering, science

Vought Aircraft dates to 1917 when Chance Vought partnered with Birdseye Lewis to create the Lewis & Vought Corp. Over nine decades the company built more than 15,000 military aircraft.

Vought died in 1930, but the company that bears his name, Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, continues to make its mark in the aviation industry.

To extend his legacy, the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation has established the Chance Vought Engineering and Science Endowment at UT Arlington. The gift will provide scholarships to engineering and science students and assist K-12 outreach efforts. Twenty percent of the endowment will support UTeach Arlington, which recruits engineering and science students for careers as high school math and science teachers.

Vought and UT Arlington have a history of collaboration, primarily through a cooperative education program with the College of Engineering and College of Science that started in the 1960s. The relationship played a major role in the company’s decision to establish the endowment.

“Vought hired many UT Arlington co-op students,” notes Dillon Smith, treasurer for the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation. “They became valuable, long-term employees.”

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari calls the partnership a fitting tribute that could fuel discoveries and benefit society in unforeseen ways.

“Through this endowment, aspiring engineers and scientists will be given the tools they need to lead future generations into technological frontiers that we can barely imagine today,” he says.

Cathie Barrington, the foundation’s financial manager, says strengthening engineering and science education is important to current and former Vought employees.

“We look forward to continuing Chance Vought’s legacy,” she says, “not only through these future leaders, but also in our relationship with UT Arlington.”