Donors' Commitment Provides Support for Students
For Richard Hermsen and his wife, Beverly, education has always been important. Richard earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, followed by a master's and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. He was fortunate to receive scholarships to help with his own educational pursuits and used his education to pursue a career in the space and defense industry, followed by a teaching career at Cal Poly Pomona. Upon retiring to Las Vegas, he began auditing classes at UNLV in the biological sciences department.
"I was interested in the subject matter and wanted to learn more," Richard says. This love of knowledge and commitment to learning prompted the Hermsens to establish a scholarship fund for students in biological sciences.
"I really feel that the area of biology is important and will remain important through the 21st century," Richard says. The Hermsens believe that contributing to other students' academic pursuits is a good investment. In addition to the newly established scholarship fund, they have also included UNLV in their estate plans to ensure that the students and programs in the biological sciences continue to be able to provide resources and opportunities for future generations of talented and innovative scientists.
"A young, bright scientist in biological sciences can contribute a lot to society, and that would make us happy," Richard says.