ACEC/MW 2021 Student Scholarship Recipients

2020-2021 ACEC Metropolitan Washington Scholarship Winners Statement

By, Eric Rehwoldt, P.E., P.G.

With all the challenges we have all faced in our businesses and personal lives this past year, we are very pleased to share some truly positive and exciting news with you, our ACEC Metropolitan Washington Members and friends!  In its inaugural year, ACEC/MW offered three scholarships of $3,000 each to engineering students attending universities with campuses in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.  The ACEC/MW Scholarship Subcommittee was pleased to receive 12 applications from engineering undergraduate students and graduate practitioners! Applicants represented a diverse spectrum of backgrounds from Universities with campuses located in all three of our jurisdictions (DC, MD and VA).
 
Our judges were ACEC/MW Scholarship Subcommittee members and consisted of Past Presidents of the Association: Debby Orsak, P.E. (Cagley & Associates, Inc.), Stephen Walters, CEP (Parsons), Rizwan Siddiqi, P.E. (EBA Engineering, Inc.), and me – Eric Rehwoldt, P.E., P.G., (Terracon).  The scholarship application this year, as well as the scoring and ranking process, generally followed the established model used by ACEC National.  We took great strides to ensure a fair and equitable selection process, with ACEC/MW redacting references to names, genders, and Universities to the extent possible prior to the Judges receiving the applications.
 
We are very pleased to announce the following ACEC/MW Scholarship winners for 2021:


 Roshan George, pursuing B.S. major in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Virginia Tech)
 

 Leah Jamison, pursuing B.S. major in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of Maryland)
 

 Abigail Wolfgram, P.E., pursuing Master’s of Public Policy, (George Mason University)
 
The two highest ranked general application candidates have been advanced to compete for the ACEC National general scholarship awards.  We also advanced our highest ranked Structural Engineering candidate for ACEC National’s CASE Scholarship. 
 
We want to thank all the scholarship applicants who participated in our inaugural year for the ACEC/MW Scholarship!  We also would like to encourage other qualifying engineering students to participate in coming years.  
 
Finally, I would like to thank our Scholarship Subcommittee members and judges, as well as Anna Seekins and Mac Canon of ACEC/MW, for their enthusiastic participation, leadership, support and dedication to ensuring a successful and fair application and merit-based judging process this first year.  We are looking forward to the continued success of the ACEC/MW Scholarship Program through the leadership of the Subcommittee!
 
Please look forward to upcoming opportunities to contribute to the ACEC/MW Scholarship Fund so that we can continue to expand scholarship opportunities to deserving students and budding Engineers who represent the future of our AEC industry!
 

Eric B. Rehwoldt, P.E., P.G. – 2020-2021 ACEC/MW Scholarship Subcommittee
 Chair & ACEC/MW Past President