FORT MYERS, FL – On July 23, 2010, RWA, Inc. established an endowed scholarship fund at Florida Gulf Coast University called the RWA Scholarship Fund in Memory of James Anderson in honor of Anderson’s ambition for and contribution toward professional excellence.
James M. Anderson, the chief operating officer for RWA who died in an automobile accident at age 46 in June 2010, was known as a dedicated businessman whose drive and enthusiasm to gain life experiences expanded his participation to both community causes as well as personal interests, said Christopher Wright, CEO of the RWA corporation. During his time in Naples, he was an active participant in various community and charitable organizations and events such as Habitat for Humanity, St. Matthew’s House, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, and Liberty Youth Ranch. He was a long-standing member of the Collier Building Industry Association and of the WCMCC (an organization of dedicated car enthusiasts and hobbyists), as well as a graduate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Class of 2010.
Prior to moving to Florida in 1987, Anderson completed his undergraduate studies at Augustana and Black Hawk Colleges in Illinois. In 1997, he helped establish the firm RWA, Inc. (a professional consulting firm offering value-added solutions of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Land Planning, and GIS). “Jamey was a one of a kind individual — a special talent to our business who will be noticeably missed in many different ways and on unique and different levels. I feel blessed to have known him as a man, a business partner, and a friend. It is the vision of the RWA organization to build upon this scholarship fund in Jamey’s honor to express our sincere gratitude for his contributions to life, the relationships he maintained, and the well being of RWA,” Wright said.
The $10,000 endowment will generate scholarships through earnings to assist qualified students pursuing a degree in engineering. Each year, FGCU will disburse the funds through scholarships to deserving students in accordance with guidelines determined by RWA in conjunction with FGCU.
“We are so pleased to honor Jamey and his family with a program that will allow his legacy to continue as an example to those who aspire to become an inspirational achiever in the engineering profession,” Wright said.
Additional contributions to the RWA Scholarship Fund in Memory of James Anderson are tax-deductible and will help fund additional scholarships in perpetuity. For more information contact FGCU’s Senior Director of Advancement Judie Cassidy at (239) 590-1058.