Alumni Couple Establish Scholarship Fund to Help Pacific Northwest Region Students

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Michael And Christine Bach

Giving Bach: Christine (Winters) Bach, a 2000 chemical engineering alumna, and Michael Bach, a 1999 chemical engineering graduate, are among the newest members of the institute's Chauncey Rose Society.

Christine (Winters) Bach and Michael Bach, longtime supporters of the institute, wanted to encourage students living in their Pacific Northwest region to experience a Rose-Hulman education. So, they established a new scholarship fund, making them among the latest inductees into the Chauncey Rose Society, signifying monetary gifts between $50,000 and $249,000.

The couple met when they were chemical engineering majors on campus. Christine, a 2000 graduate, is the first alumna to earn a Chauncey Rose jacket and the couple is among the youngest alumni to earn the honor. Michael is a 1999 alumnus.

"We'd love to have some folks living out here get the Rose-Hulman experience," Christine says. "We both have a real affinity for Rose, not just professionally, but personally."

Scholarships were key to Michael and Christine having the ability to attend Rose-Hulman, she explains.

The Bachs live in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with their 3-year-old son, Evan. Michael is a performance manager with Frito Lay, and Christine, a native of Huntington, Indiana, is an engineering team leader with Pella Corporation. Their companies' matching gift programs have further enhanced the couple's new scholarship fund.