Scholarships for students of deep foundations 28 Jan 2021

DFI News Release

Fifteen students pursuing careers in civil and geotechnical engineering recently received scholarships from the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable organisation of DFI.

The DFI Educational Trust manages both school specific and at large scholarship programs each year funded by endowments, donations and fundraising events and has awarded $1.25 million in scholarships to more than 400 students studying at colleges and universities across the United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada since 2006.

The trust was set up to support and encourage those studying subjects related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with industry leaders.

2020 scholarships were awarded to;

Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarships of $2,500 each

  • Hamzah Smadi, University of Waterloo, Ontario
  • Grytan Sarkar, Western University, Ontario

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services Legacy Scholarships of $5,000 each

  • Jeehee Lim, Bernard F. Langan Scholarship at Purdue University.
  • Elayne Blancas, Donald J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  • Paul Pullia, George P. Kelley Memorial Scholarship at Drexel University.
Left to right from top: Smadi, Sarkar, Lim, Blancas, Pullia, Abreu, Leung, Metias, Zhang, Wheeler, Grace, Foertch,  Del Prete, Scala, Jacobs
Left to right from top: Smadi, Sarkar, Lim, Blancas, Pullia, Abreu, Leung, Metias, Zhang, Wheeler, Grace, Foertch, Del Prete, Scala, Jacobs

Stanley Merjan City College of New York Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund

  • Luis Abreu
  • Ming Sum Leung
  • Peter Metias
  • Xiaoxiao (Eva) Zhang

Penn State Scholarship Fund $2,500

  • Timothy Wheeler

George J Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund of $2,500 each

  • Dylan Grace
  • Rachel Foertch
  • Robert Del Prete
  • Andrew Scala

University of Pittsburgh Scholarship Fund of $2,500

  • Russell Jacobs

Donations to the DFI Educational Trust scholarship funds are welcome and can be made online.

The Trust has recently elected Rudolph Frizzi to chair of the DFI Educational Trust Board. Managing principal and executive vice president of Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, and past president of DFI, Frizzi succeeds Tracy Brettmann, executive vice president of A.H. Beck Foundation Company.

Also recently elected as DFI Educational Trust officers are Vice Chair Zoran (Zac) Curanovic, Underpinning and Foundation Skanska; Treasurer James Johnson, Condon-Johnson and Associates; and Secretary Helen Robinson, GEI Consultants.


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