DURHAM, N.H. — A University of New Hampshire alumnus has pledged more than $2 million of his estate to students at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, ensuring that several students will receive free tuition every year.

The scholarship from Bob Winot will be awarded to New Hampshire or Vermont students who demonstrate financial need and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. It’s estimated to benefit as many as four students a year.

As a college freshman, Winot worked a 40-hour week at the General Electric plant in Somersworth as part of its apprenticeship program. The six-year pathway to a degree meant that students in engineering disciplines could work full time at GE for the first three years of college in exchange for a salary plus tuition, books and a place to live.

Winot later worked for GE and IBM.