M.C. Gill Establishes Scholarships in Area of Composite Materials

28 January 2007

Merwyn C. Gill has established the M.C. Gill Scholarship Program at The University of Arizona to support full-time graduate students who are studying in the area of composite materials.

M.C. Gill, who is 96, is the chairman of the board of M.C. Gill Corp. a living pioneer of the composites industry. His company, then called Peerless Plastics Products, Inc., began operation in a garage in Montebello, Calif. in 1945. The $460,000 gift will provide scholarships in perpetuity.

According to information provided with the scholarships, ""Mr. Gill's commitment to the composites industry is steadfast and, with this gift to the university, he hopes to provide educational opportunities for the best and brightest yet to come.""

Tom Peterson, dean of the UA College of Engineering, praised Gill and his wife, Hester, for their selfless commitment to graduate engineering education. ""M.C. has focused his entire life on activities, both inside and outside his company, that facilitate fulfilment of the American Dream,"" Peterson said. ""He is an ardent supporter of the Boy Scouts of America; his alma mater, USC; and, now, to our great benefit, the College of Engineering at UA. It is truly an honour to know both of them and to be the recipients of their incredible generosity.""

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