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Ndamukong Suh tours Nebraska Engineering with first recipient of his scholarship

2012 Smarter Planet 4th place, Nebraska SEER team

From left, Ndamukong Suh stands with Matthew Siter, first recipient of the scholarship Suh established with the UNL College of Engineering; with them are Eddy Rojas, director of UNL's Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and UNL College of Engineering Dean Tim Wei.

NFL Detroit Lions defensive player Ndamukong Suh—Nebraska Engineering alumnus and former Husker standout--announced Matthew Stier of Blair as the first recipient of the scholarship Suh established with the UNL College of Engineering.

The feeling is “awesome,” said Matthew Stier—who graduated May 19 from Blair High School and begins studies at UNL this August in the Construction Management program. Being awarded the Suh Scholarship “was very exciting,” Stier said. “I’ve always been interested in engineering, and I chose to study construction management at UNL because of the hands-on learning.”

Suh accompanied Stier and his family on tours of the UNL engineering buildings, Memorial Stadium and other campus locations. They ended the day with a reception hosted by the Suh Family Foundation at Lincoln’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts, where Suh introduced Stier to guests including representatives of Husker Athletics and the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.

Suh said, “My hope for Matthew is that he runs with this opportunity and enjoys his experience at UNL.”

The Ndamukong Suh Scholarship provides $10,000 for an aspiring engineer to study at UNL. Prior to being the 2010 second overall draft pick, Suh pledged a record-setting $2.6 million gift to his alma mater, with $600,000 dedicated to start an endowment fund to support the dreams of future engineers. As a UNL student, Suh was a scholarship recipient and valued the positive influence on his experience.

Suh has extended his philanthropy by helping Detroit’s inner city youth with a focus on education, health and wellness. He has provided supply-filled backpacks, visited students in multiple schools and made hospital visits in the community. In his parents’ homelands of Jamaica and Cameroon, he has offered support including the adoption of a school.

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