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Students to benefit from three new Paul W. Klipsch scholarships

Between 10 and 20 incoming freshman engineering students will benefit from three newly endowed scholarships, said Steve Castillo, department head of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University.


holarships will allow us to offer more opportunities for academically talented students to pursue a degree in engineering at New Mexico State University," Castillo said. "The end result will be an increase in the number of graduating engineers to support the growing high-technology sector of New Mexico."

The scholarships are the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Freshman Scholarship in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Scholarship in Honor of Jay and Lya Jordan for Freshmen in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Scholarship in Honor of Joe and Priscilla Creed for Freshmen in Chemical Engineering.

Valerie Klipsch, wife of the late Paul W. Klipsch, gave a $400,000 gift to endow all three scholarships.

Paul W. Klipsch received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from NMSU in 1926 and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1934.

Klipsch, world renowned inventor, engineer and scientist, revolutionized the world of audio with his inventions in audio speaker design.

He received many honors and awards including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from NMSU in 1981; induction into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for his work in acoustics, ballistics and geophysics in 1997; induction into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Audio Engineering Society Silver Medal in 1978.

Klipsch died on May 5, 2002, in Hope, Ark., at the age of 98.