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Enbridge Gift Gives MDCOB Students A Path to Success

Enbridge Gift Gives MDCOB Students a Path to Success

by Kay Medina


We know there are many Gator success stories in our community, but Kimberly Castillo’s story is one for the books. After completing her undergraduate degree in Management from UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business, the first-generation Gator is on her way to receiving an MBA in Finance. 

“Through Kimberly’s leadership as past President of UHD’s Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) chapter, the student organization received the prestigiousEnbridge logo Central Regional Chapter of the Year Award,” said Maxine Todd, MDCOB Assistant Director of Career Services. “As a first-gen student born in Mexico, Kimberly overcame unique obstacles, yet demonstrated resilience in the face of academic and professional challenges.” 

What makes Kimberly’s story unique? She received a scholarship from Enbridge, a valued member of MDCOB’s Business Career Center Employer Partnership Program.  “The program allows employers to engage and support our efforts to serve our students more deeply.” said Brett Hobby, Director of MDCOB Business Career Center. 

“Winning the Enbridge scholarship has been transformative," said Castillo. “Despite the challenges of multiple jobs and limited study time, the Enbridge Scholarship empowered me to reach my full potential and allowed me to gain an incredible wealth of knowledge and professional experience. It not only removed financial barriers but also opened doors to a brighter future,” said Castillo. 

And Enbridge’s impact does not stop there. In 2021, the company gifted UHD with a $20,000 employee partnership, and recently gifted another $30,000 to MDCOB’s Business Career Center. “Not only does the new Enbridge Gift provide $10,000 in scholarships for our students in both business and technology over the next two years, the additional $20,000 will support and positively impact our student workshops, networking events, online career resources, and other events that foster career development,” said Todd. 

Because of the college’s innovative Business Career Center Employer Partnership program, students like Kimberly Castillo are granted life-altering opportunities, and in her words, “set on a path to success.” Now, students can follow in Castillo’s footsteps and create their own Gator success story. 


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit