• Gift of loan repayment changes lives for Hispanic female engineering students
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    Gift of loan repayment changes lives for Hispanic female engineering students

    LAS CRUCES – E. Eugene Carter describes himself as a person of privilege: an American white male born during an era when those attributes provided advantages not available to all. His wife, Rita M. Rodriguez, began her American journey at 16 — a Cuban refugee with a penniless, non-English speaking family with no education. Both earned doctoral degrees and rose to highly successful careers, but Carter never forgot the disparity of their beginnings. Now a retired finance professor, his passion is helping Hispanic women pursue their success as engineers. Toward that end, he founded the E. Eugene Carter Foundation to honor his father, a self-taught engineer and his wife, an…