ACEC Colorado Scholarship & Education Foundation Awards $36,500 to 10 Engineering Students

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado Scholarship & Education Foundation (ACEC Colorado Foundation) recently awarded $36,500 in college scholarships to 10 students, as well as $2,000 to high school students pursing education in engineering.     

The 2023 scholarships recipients were selected from a pool of 22 applicants representing multiple Colorado colleges with engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology. Applicants were judged on their academic records, involvement in student chapters of professional organizations and community service.  

Several memorial scholarships were awarded in honor of engineers and others who have contributed to Colorado’s consulting engineering industry. Beth Rossman, an environmental engineering student at University of Colorado (Boulder), received the $6,000 Leonard Rice Memorial Scholarship. The $5,000 Martin/Martin Scholarship was awarded to Anjali Velamala, who is studying environmental engineering and applied mathematics at the University of Colorado (Boulder). Elyse DeBarros, a mechanical engineering student at University of Colorado (Boulder), received the $5,000 William Russell Stoneman Scholarship. Megan Quinn, a civil engineering student at University of Colorado (Boulder) was awarded the $3,500 Fu Hua Chen Scholarship. Brooke Pennington, a civil engineering student from the Colorado School of Mines (Golden), accepted the $3,000 Muller Engineering James M. Condon Memorial Scholarship. Vincent Cremona, a mechanical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines (Golden), received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Colorado’s $2,500 Jack Bruce Memorial Scholarship, as well as a $1,000 ACEC Colorado Foundation scholarship. The $3,000 Marilen Reimer Advocacy and Public Policy Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Sara Raines, a chemical engineering on the Process Specialty Track with minors in Explosives Engineering and Public Affairs at Colorado School of Mines (Golden). Gabriella Lockey, an environmental engineering student at Colorado State University (Fort Collins), received the $3,000 Sandy Donnel Memorial Scholarship.   

Two additional ACEC Colorado scholarships were also awarded. The first, in the amount of $2,500, was awarded to Gabrielle Dunn, civil engineering at the University of Colorado (Boulder); the second scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was bestowed to Cassandra Peterson, a civil engineering at the University of Colorado (Boulder).  

“Aside from carrying heavy academic loads, these students are active in their universities’ chapters of professional organizations, provide community service, and have part-time jobs. Congratulations once again to all of our collegiate scholarship winners,” commented Jeff Kobriger, PE, president of ACEC Colorado Foundation and principal at HCDA Engineering (Colorado Springs, Colo.), during the awards presentation. 

ACEC Colorado Foundation also provided a $500 scholarship to the Region 2 winner of the Colorado High School Bridge Building Contest in March 2023 to Katie Laughlin, a student at Canyon City High School, and will be eligible for an additional $1,500 upon entering a college engineering program. Finally, the Foundation also provided $2,500 to the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado, which will present that scholarship to a deserving high school student later this year. 

ACEC Colorado Foundation funding is supported by individual and corporate contributions as well as proceeds from an annual golf tournament, which raised net proceeds of more than $24,000 to benefit foundation programs like these scholarships. The 2023 tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 28, at The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills (Westminster, Colo.). 

ACEC Colorado is the business association of 260 member firms employing more than 12,500 individuals in the independent private practice of consulting engineering. The organization is a primary resource for accessing engineering information, expertise, and business ethics practices. The ACEC Colorado Foundation supports and promotes education in the field of engineering within Colorado by raising awareness of consulting engineering as a career choice and utilizing the combined resources of ACEC Colorado members and industry partners to become more impactful in the fundraising and sustainability of Foundation assets.