Paying It Forward: Alumnus Helps Secure TIEHH Scholarships

Terracon Foundation has given $551,000 in philanthropic gifts since its inception in 2008.

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(l-r) KP Singh, Erin Loyd, David Klein, Todd Anderson, Phil Smith and Adam Finger

Thanks to help from an alumnus, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University (TIEHH) recently received $7,200 from Terracon engineering consulting firm to provide six scholarships for graduate students.

Todd Anderson, interim director of TIEHH, said master’s graduate Adam Finger, who now works as a project manager at Terracon, helped to secure the money for four current graduate students and two new ones this fall. The money came from the Terracon Foundation, which has given a total of $551,000 in philanthropic gifts since its inception in 2008.

“Adam approached us about submitting a proposal to the foundation for some scholarship money,” Anderson said. “He was willing to champion the proposal internally.  We asked for $7,200 for 6 scholarships for our grad students. These awards from Terracon would just be another way to recognize some of our best students.”

Finger said he was happy to help current and future students with scholarship money  in the same way he was helped.

“When I came to Texas Tech in ’01, I was a graduate student, and I got some of the departmental scholarship money,” he said. “That kind of helped me out back then. So, it was kind of neat to come full-circle and give back.”

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms.

TIEHH is a major location for environmental and health sciences research at Texas Tech. The Department of Environmental Toxicology is the academic home for the core faculty at TIEHH as well as graduate students conducting research on the integration of environmental impact assessment of toxic chemicals with human health consequences.


The Institute of Environmental and Human Health was created in 1997 as a joint venture between Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to assess the impact of toxic chemicals and diseases on the physical and human environments, including air, water, soil and animal life.

Researchers investigate elements in the environment, both those that are naturally occurring such as disease and those caused by humans, such as nuclear activity, pollution or chemical or bioterrorism, which negatively impact the environment. It is one of the few labs in the country dedicated to environmental toxicology.


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