Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers

Growing up, Chris Dennis always felt a strong sense of duty and honor. At 18 years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy, eager to serve his country and begin his career. Years later, that same drive would lead to a significant gift to empower the next generation of students at the University of South Florida.

After meeting his wife, Janese, in the service, Chris used the GI Bill to study chemical engineering at USF. Since graduating in 1996, Chris has maintained strong ties with the university – serving as a Corporate Ambassador for the College of Engineering, connecting more than 55 students and alumni to opportunities in the field, and avidly supporting the Athletics program.

Recently, Chris and Janese decided to take their support a step further with a $1 million estate gift to the College of Engineering. Their gift will establish an endowed scholarship for chemical engineering students, update laboratory facilities and give overall support to the college.

“Even after I left the military, I knew there were many other ways to serve,” said Chris. “Giving back to USF - a school that gave me so many opportunities and helped me achieve my dreams - is one of them.”

“We are thrilled to create this legacy for the next generation of engineers,” adds Janese. “I’m glad we did this now, but I wish we would have done it years ago. It’s an amazing feeling to know we will help provide an excellent education for engineers of the future.”

323,370

Proud USF Alumni

4,455

First Time Individual Donors

49,046

Total Donors in FY17