After finishing an undergraduate degree in China, Kevin Ding ’93 M.S., ’95 Ph.D., ’03 MBA came to Rice to pursue a Ph.D. in space physics. He stayed on at Rice for an additional year as a postdoc before leaving to work for ExxonMobil, where he’s been building a successful professional career.
In 2003, Kevin graduated from the Executive MBA program at the Jones Graduate School of Business. “Both at the business school and within the space physics department, I learned valuable skills in research and problem-solving,” Kevin explains. “My Rice education prepared me well for the challenges in both my professional and personal life and helped define who I am today.”
Now, as the proud parents of a Rice alum and a current Rice student, Kevin and his wife Susan feel even more connected to the Rice community. They return often for events, concerts, volunteer opportunities or to take a class at the Susanne M. Glasscock School for Continuing Studies.
When Kevin heard about The Rice Investment, he welcomed this “bold move for the university.” As an admission interviewer and Rice representative at high school college fairs, he recognized the benefit of an easily explained financial aid program. “The Rice Investment makes the financial aid message clear,” Kevin says. “It also demonstrates the core values of the university.”
Long-time donors to the Rice Annual Fund, the Dings chose to establish a named scholarship for The Rice Investment. The Kevin and Susan Ding Endowed Scholarship is a part of the university’s historic effort to expand financial aid for low- and middle-income students. Kevin’s philosophy of giving is about helping others to reach their goals: “We always want to give back to the community, as many people helped us when we were in school.”