Published in: The St. Louis American
Eight years ago, Tony and Kim Thompson committed to endow a scholarship fund for minority graduate students at Webster University. This fall, they achieved their goal of funding a $100,000 endowment by donating the final $30,000 to the Kim and Anthony Thompson Endowed Scholarship.
"It's been said that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," said Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster's School of Business & Technology.
"Tony's investment in his alma mater helps us continue to bring the best education to our students. We celebrate him as an outstanding alumnus and friend of Webster."
Thompson, founder and CEO of Kwame Building Group, graduated from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Business Administration in finance. In 2003, Thompson received the Webster University Distinguished Alumni Award.
"We hope to ensure a stronger minority presence in the future workforce by helping minority students achieve their higher educational goals," said Thompson.
Kwame Building Group has been named one of the top 50 companies in the nation most supportive of historically black college and university engineering schools, and was one of just five companies on the list that was not a Fortune 500 firm.
The firm also sponsors scholarships at Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, the Interdenominational Theological Center, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, The University of Missouri at Columbia, Ranken College, St. Louis Community College, Washington University, Webster University, Fontbonne University and Maryville University.
Kwame Building Group is a program and construction management firm providing estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers.
Public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Dallas, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
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