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Ben Goh relaxes in the dining room of Skyviews of Texas Tech. Goh started the student-run restaurant/laboratory hybrid to give Restaurant, Hospitality and Institutional Management students a place to hone their hospitality skills.
For Ben Goh, Ed.D., attending Texas Tech University was a family affair.
“My family — me, my brother, my sister, my nephew — every one of us has gone to Texas Tech,” he said.
Goh, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, earned both his bachelor’s degree and M.B.A from Texas Tech University. He received a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
All that time spent in the classroom made him sensitive to the costs of higher education.
“When I was in school, I always worried about money,” he said. “Now that I’m in a position to help, I want to help make things easier for our students.”
In the past 10 years, Goh has given $20,000 to a range of student scholarships.
Giving to Texas Tech also provided a way for Goh to honor an anonymous faculty member who had an impact on his studies at Texas Tech and his career in the College of Human Sciences.
“[Giving back] really helped me say thank you to this person,” said Goh. “I would not be [at Texas Tech] if not for them.”
Goh created an endowed scholarship to honor his mentor. Endowed scholarships provide financial support to offset students’ tuition and fees. The endowment fund earns interest and provides a recurring revenue stream that is used to award the scholarships, which are important tools used to recruit top students to Texas Tech.
Of all the scholarships he’s supported, his colleague’s endowment means the most to Goh.
“This endowment, it will be here forever — even after I’m gone,” he said.
Whether the gifts are large or small, for Goh, giving back is a simple way to help meet a need.
“As a professor, you see where the needs are and where you can make a difference by giving back,” said Goh. “If you can afford it, why not try to make Texas Tech a better place for everybody?”