Yahoo! Makes Donation to Texas Tech Engineering

Yahoo! has announced that its co-founder, Jerry Yang, will donate $250,000 to the Texas Tech University Center for Engineering Outreach over the next two years.

Written by Cory Chandler

DATE: Dec. 12, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

Funding to Benefit Center for Engineering Outreach

Yahoo! has announced that its co-founder, Jerry Yang, will donate $250,000 to the Texas Tech University Center for Engineering Outreach over the next two years.

Funds from Yahoo!’s gift will provide support for the Center’s K-12 efforts to educate students about engineering, encourage students to pursue engineering careers, and prepare students to succeed in university engineering courses.

The gift from Yahoo!, made by Yang's private foundation, is in honor of Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T. Whitacre is an alumnus of the College of Engineering at Texas Tech.

"Leaders like Ed Whitacre could be sitting behind Texas school desks today," Yang said. "We hope this gift will inspire him or her to embrace technology as a path to the future."
AT&T and Yahoo! are strategically allied to deliver co-branded broadband services to millions of customers nationwide. Their five-year alliance extends Yahoo! services for photos, music and video-on-demand to AT&T’s DSL broadband, wireless and Wi-Fi customers.

“This generous donation from Yahoo! will make a tremendous difference to our Center for Engineering Outreach and its ability to encourage many young people to pursue an engineering or computer science career,” said College of Engineering Dean Pamela Eibeck.

In addition to providing the world’s largest online network of integrated services, Yahoo! and its employees are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. Yahoo!’s community relations program, Yahoo! for Good, connects people with causes to make a positive impact in the areas they live. Yahoo! for Good has a strong history of helping K-12 schools through programs like DonorsChoose, a Web-based philanthropy program that connects donors with schools to help provide learning materials for K-12 classrooms.

Founded in 1994 by David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! has evolved into a global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share and create information. The worldwide company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with regional offices in Dallas.

CONTACT: Robert Waller, Center for Engineering Outreach, Texas Tech University, at (806) 742-3451 ext 232, or r.waller@ttu.edu.