Colorado Engineering Council Scholarships Aid Education Aspirations of Engineering Students

Denver, CO – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced $36,500 in scholarship funding for college students during a reception held at Lakewood County Club on March 31.

The 2016-17 scholarships were awarded to 13 students representing nine Colorado colleges with engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology. The scholars were selected from a field of 41 applicants based on their academic records, involvement in student chapters of professional organizations and community service.

The Council awarded several scholarships, including:

  • Rosalie O’Brien, an environmental engineering student at Colorado School of Mines (Golden), received the $6,000 Leonard Rice Memorial Scholarship, which was established in honor of Lee Rice of Leonard Rice Engineers.
  • Robert Wilson, Jr., electrical engineering student, University of Colorado (CU) at Colorado Springs, received the Council’s $5,000 William Russell Stoneman Scholarship, made possible through an endowment established by the widow of William Russell Stoneman.
  • Stephanie Panza, an environmental engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, was awarded the $4,000 Fu Hua Chen Scholarship, which was established by ACEC Colorado’s Board of Directors to honor Fu Hua Chen.
  • Wyatt Reis, a civil engineering student at CU-Boulder, received the $2,000 Sandy Donnel Memorial Scholarship, which was established in 2015 to honor Donnel, who served as the Council’s executive director for 25 years.
  • A $3,000 scholarship was awarded to Alec Gordon, a civil engineering student at CU-Boulder.
  • Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded to Joshua Smith, a biomedical and mechanical engineering student at Colorado State University (CSU) (Fort Collins), Kristen Marberry, a geophysical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines; Shawn King, an engineering student with an emphasis in mechatronics and math at CSU-Pueblo; Ryan Good, an engineering student at Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colo.); Danielle Fox, an engineering student with an emphasis in mechatronics, CSU-Pueblo; Niki Fochtman, a chemical and biological engineering student at CU-Boulder; and Jordan Becker, a civil engineering technology student at CSU- Pueblo.
  • In partnership with the American Public Works Association, the $2,500 Jack Bruce Memorial Scholarship was awarded to CSU civil engineering student Kalli Wegren.

“The Council is also pleased to provide educational support to organizations that promote math and science to high school students,” said Marilen Reimer, executive director, ACEC Colorado. “This year we awarded $1,000 to Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), $2,500 to the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program and $2,000 to Colorado’s annual High School Bridge Building Contest, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Society of Professional Engineer of Colorado and ACEC Colorado.

“We thank everyone who supports our scholarship program and are pleased to make these financial resources available to help cultivate the future engineering community. It’s an investment that will benefit communities in Colorado and across the globe for years to come,” Reimer said.

ACEC Colorado’s Scholarship Fund is supported by contributions from Council members and an annual golf tournament, which is slated this year for Monday, Aug. 1, at Fossil Trace Club in Golden, Colorado.

Photo credit: ACEC of Colorado

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