New endowed scholarship will support NMSU civil engineering students

Writer: Charlotte Tallman

The NMSU Foundation announced that Bud and Sharon Waters of Kaneohe, Hawaii, have created the JB Waters Endowed Scholarship for the Civil Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. JB “Bud” Waters is a 1973 civil engineering graduate of NMSU.

Waters worked for NMSU as he attended school, and then began a 41-year career working for Hunt Building Company in El Paso, Texas. In 1991, Hunt transferred him to Oahu to manage their construction on the island. He is currently a senior vice president for Moss Construction Managers, LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hunt and Moss merged construction operations in 2014.

The gift will fund the perpetual endowment and the income will be awarded annually to students majoring in civil engineering from the southern New Mexico area. The scholarship is expected to fund all tuition, books and fees for one or more undergraduate students.

Bud and Sharon Waters grew up in Las Cruces and said they funded the scholarship to give back to NMSU and the southern New Mexico community.

Students can apply for the scholarship through Scholar Dollar$ online at from Oct. 1 through March 1 each academic year.

New Mexico State University is New Mexico’s land-grant institution, and serves as a comprehensive research institution of higher education dedicated to teaching, research and service at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NMSU was awarded a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and is NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution and home to the first honors college in New Mexico.

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