Axxess, a leading home healthcare technology company, has gifted the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) $500,000 to endow a scholarship program to benefit computer science students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The gift to create the Axxess Scholars Program, designed to provide scholarships in perpetuity, is the largest gift ever received by the university to start an engineering school scholarship program.
In honor of Axxess’ contributions, the atrium of the Engineering and Computer Science West building has been named for the company. With 2,140 square feet of space, the Axxess Atrium serves as the dynamic hub for the Jonsson School community. “Axxess wouldn’t exist if not for the education I received through the Jonsson School,” said John Olajide, Axxess’ founder and CEO, who graduated from UTD in 2004 with a degree in telecommunications engineering. “One of the core values at our company is giving back to the community, so it is a natural choice for Axxess to provide the funding necessary to reward and help future engineering students at the university.
Serving more than 7,000 organizations and 2 million patients in North America, Dallas based Axxess is one of the fastest-growing health care companies in the country. The seeds of the idea that would become Axxess were planted during Olajide’s time at UT Dallas, he said. While working as an independent information technology consultant to pay his tuition, Olajide saw ways to increase efficiency at the home health companies he supported. His entrepreneurial drive, fostered during his years in the Jonsson School, helped Olajide realize his vision with the founding of Axxess in 2007.
“On behalf of everyone at Axxess, I want to express our appreciation for the generous recognition in creating the Axxess Atrium,” Olajide said. “The Jonsson School has a vision for continuing to provide a world-class education to engineering and computer science students, and we look forward to the Axxess Scholars Program playing an important role in that effort.”
Source: Axxess Corporate communications
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