“I really just wanted to help people who didn’t have the economic means to reach their goals,” he says. “And I wanted to start as early as I could.” — Jack Bush (BSME ’20)
Noted engineer Gordon Lindsay Glegg wrote, “A scientist can discover a new star, but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do it for him.”
Jack Bush III is a proud Bulldog engineer—and he’s found a way to make new stars.
During his senior year in UGA’s College of Engineering, Bush met with UGA advisors who could help him establish a need-based scholarship to help minority students overcome financial challenges as they pursue an engineering degree.
“I really just wanted to help people who didn’t have the economic means to reach their goals,” he says. “And I wanted to start as early as I could.”
Bush, who served as the student commencement speaker for the Class of 2020, is now an avionics subsystems engineer at Lockheed-Martin in Marietta.
Leveraging Lockheed’s matching gifts program, he’s begun to endow the scholarship for perpetuity.
“I want my scholarship to provide opportunities for underrepresented UGA engineering students far into the future,” he says. “This is about tomorrow.”
This year, as UGA commemorates its 60th anniversary of desegregation, Bush seeks to carry forward the strong ethical principles instilled in him while on campus.
“In my engineering courses, we not only had to solve business problems but also figure out how to do what’s right,” Bush says. “So along with my degree, I got a strong ethical background.”
Bush’s professionalism and principles, so clearly displayed in the scholarship he established, have opened a new opportunity— UGA’s Engineering Alumni Board tapped him to be just the second alumnus ever selected for the board immediately upon graduation.
The position offers a new vantage point for helping make new engineering stars.
“It’s an amazing honor to be on the alumni board. As a board member, I can really continue to push the boundaries for what UGA and the College of Engineering can be and what we can achieve,” he says.
“We’ll look for creative ways to create equity and help every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to get through college and excel in the fields and programs they dream of pursuing.”
Join Jack in helping to make tomorrow’s new stars by removing barriers and opening doors for UGA students of all backgrounds.
-Written by Charles McNair