Hills '77 challenging other engineering alumni to give

Jim J Hills LabJim J. Hills ’77, the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Kennesaw State University in 2016, continued the generous support of his alma mater with a recent gift to the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology General Scholarship Fund.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from what was then called Southern Technical Institute, Hills has been a longtime contributor to KSU. His latest gift will match up to $15,000 in contributions from other engineering alumni – which totals about 15,000 – who also contribute to the College’s General Scholarship Fund.

“I urge my fellow alumni from Southern Tech and now Southern Poly to respond to the challenge,” Hills said. “Please make a gift to the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology General Scholarship Fund and I will match every gift up to a cumulative $15,000.”

Hills is the chairman/president of Applied Technical Services Inc., a premier provider of high quality consulting engineering, testing and inspection services based in Marietta, Georgia that celebrated 50 years in business last year. For decades, ATS has provided jobs, co-ops and internships for many former Kennesaw State engineering students. ATS has established a reputation with business, industry and the legal profession for services in metallurgy and materials testing, chemical analysis, nondestructive testing, forensic and consulting engineering, fire and explosion investigations, and calibration services.

“I am proud of the education I received from Southern Tech, and I know firsthand that today’s engineering and engineering technology students are carrying on that same tradition,” Hills said. “As a graduate myself, and as an employer of interns, co-ops and full-time graduates, I know how expensive a college degree is these days. Scholarships can often mean the difference between dropping out versus continuing on to pursue graduation. We can make a real difference here.” 

For more information on Hills’ challenge and to help provide more scholarships for KSU engineering students through the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology General Scholarship Fund, please contact Senior Director of Development Kit Trensch at ktrensch@kennesaw.edu or (470) 578-6690.

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