Development Spotlight

Anita Hall Frost graduated in 1978 with her bachelors in bioproducts and biosystems engineering, during a time when female students were often not encouraged to enter engineering or accepted in the profession. She was one of only a few female engineering students at the entire university. Fortunately, Anita had the support of Dr. David R. Thompson, a faculty member in BBE from 1970 to 1985. Dr. Thompson had an unwavering support for individuals in pursuit of making the world a better place. He made Anita feel like she belonged and could succeed as an engineering student and professional.

To honor Dr. Thompson’s instrumental role in her success, Anita has established the Dr. David R. Thompson Scholarship in the BBE department. This scholarship will carry on Dr. Thompson’s legacy of championing individuals who are using engineering for the common good.

To learn more about opportunities to support CFANS student scholarships, and research, visit the Give to CFANS webpage.