Scholarship Established to Honor Karl Brenkert Jr.

August 2011 By

Dear Friends,
We are writing to let you know of a special opportunity to honor former Dean Karl Brenkert Jr., who passed away in May at the age of 89.

Dr. Brenkert served as dean of Ole Miss School of Engineering from 1964 to 1979 and continued to teach mechanical engineering courses until his retirement in 1989. Brenkert mentored many students and was popular among them. During his tenure, he boosted the school's enrollment, budget and academic profile, adding professional disciplines and a doctoral program in engineering. To honor Dr. Brenkert, friends are setting up a Karl Brenkert Jr. Scholarship fund in his memory. The fund needs a $25,000 endowment to provide a $1,000 annual scholarship for an undergraduate engineering student. However, the endowment is $15,000 short. An anonymous donor recently pledged a $7,500 donation as a challenge for donations of equal amounts to fully establish the scholarship fund.We two former colleagues of Dr. Brenkert are writing to solicit your assistance.

If you are interested in contributing, contact Sarah Hollis at the UM Foundation at or 800-340-9542. Checks should be made the University of Mississippi Foundation, with Brenkart Scholarship (01660) in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to UM Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677. Gifts also can be made online at

Thank you,
Sam DeLeeuw, Chair and Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering
Sam Wang, F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Director Emeritus of NCCHE