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Doosan and Bobcat Company donate $3 million to NDSU for scholarship endowment

Doosan and Bobcat Company donate $3 million to NDSU for scholarship endowment


(FARGO, N.D. — January 2015) Doosan and Bobcat Company have announced their continued support of innovation in education by donating $3 million to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The State of North Dakota will match the donation, adding $1.5 million — making the combined gift of $4.5 million the single largest gift to establish a scholarship endowment in NDSU history.

Prior to a press conference announcing the gift, the formal agreement was signed by NDSU President Dean Bresciani and Doosan Group Chairman YM Park. Scott Park, president and CEO of Doosan Infracore Bobcat Holdings Co., Ltd.; and Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan and Bobcat Company, North America and Oceania, were also present. Chairman YM Park traveled to Fargo for the ceremonial signing from Seoul, South Korea. YM Park is also chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

When fully funded, the endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year in perpetuity, benefiting countless students and their families. STEM programs, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, are particularly important to Doosan and Bobcat, and this expanded partnership with NDSU becomes the centerpiece of the company’s STEM-related community involvement efforts. Some scholarship distribution will start this year as endowment funding begins.

“STEM-related areas help fuel innovation, which is the very foundation of our business and the key to our future,” Goldsbury said. “This endowment will help students fulfill their aspirations in engineering and other innovation-related professions. They may end up working for Doosan and Bobcat Company, but even if they stay and put their talents to work at other companies in the state or region, it’s a benefit to our communities.”

Doosan and Bobcat Company began a research partnership with NDSU in 2005, becoming the anchor tenant at the NDSU Technology Incubator, part of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. Through the partnership, Bobcat established engineering and product testing facilities that include 15,000-square-feet of floor space for up to 50 Bobcat employees, a working technology lab and an indoor machine testing area. The partnership expanded in 2013 with a one-time $400,000 donation from Doosan and Bobcat Company, and $200,000 in additional grants through North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence. The program paired research and development hubs across the state’s university and college campuses with private companies, in an effort to stimulate greater economic growth.

“Our collaboration with NDSU has already resulted in great things for the university and Doosan and Bobcat Company,” Goldsbury said. “We consider our presence at the NDSU Technology Incubator an additional R&D hub for Doosan and Bobcat, so we are committed to ensuring it remains strong and attracts the brightest, most promising young individuals with access to the some of the best facilities and resources in the country.”

Goldsbury added that much of the work done collaboratively between Doosan and Bobcat, and NDSU students, can impact global development and production of equipment, as Doosan continues to emerge as one of the top global manufacturers of construction and industrial machinery.

“There are natural benefits of this relationship and scholarship endowment to the community, state and region,” Goldsbury said. “But it’s important to note that much of the work being done through this R&D collaboration have a global reach through Doosan and Bobcat, and other Doosan Group brands, which can provide very powerful experience for students in STEM programs at NDSU.”

The current Doosan and Bobcat gift, paired with the State-matched funds, is the result of the Education Challenge Fund, a “two-for-one” scholarship match program approved by the North Dakota State Legislature in 2013. “Dedicated to the advancement of academics,” it covers donations made to approved North Dakota institutions for scholarship endowment.

Bresciani said the gift from Doosan and Bobcat is a powerful illustration of the benefit NDSU brings to the region. “NDSU is increasingly becoming a respected national higher-education leader — a distinctive and recognized student-focused, land-grant research university. With the support and collaboration of this gift, I am convinced NDSU’s future will be even brighter as we offer quality educational programs, research and service to the state, our nation and the world,” he said. “On behalf of the people of NDSU and the future students, I want to express our deep gratitude to Doosan and Bobcat Company for this generous investment, and North Dakota legislature for generously matching and catalyzing gifts of profound impact.”

Click here to watch the video of the scholarship endowment presentation.

ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university — an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU is ranked in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s elite category of 108 prestigious universities, which puts NDSU in the top 2 percent in the nation.

ABOUT BOBCAT COMPANY
Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment. Bobcat compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer and compact track loaders; compact excavators; mini-track loaders; VersaHandler® telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles and Toolcat™ utility work machines. Bobcat is a global brand with more than 550 dealer locations in North America and the leader in compact equipment — the industry’s original innovator, beginning more than 50 years ago with the first compact machine and predecessor to the skid-steer loader. Bobcat Company is a subsidiary of Doosan Infracore Bobcat Holdings Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd. For more information on Bobcat products, visit bobcat.com.

ABOUT DOOSAN INFRACORE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment is a global strategic and business alliance of the construction equipment businesses of Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd. and its affiliates, including Doosan Infracore International, Inc. Doosan Infracore is an industry leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of compact and heavy construction equipment, attachments, air compressors, lighting systems, generators and articulated dump trucks. Its world-renowned brands include Doosan, Bobcat, Montabert, Geith and Doosan Portable Power. Relying on more than 3,500 dealers worldwide, Doosan Infracore products have been used in countless projects all over the world to help customers do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.
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