Alfred State College student Patrick VanHaverbeke, Wellsville, was among 17 high-achieving engineering students attending New York State colleges and universities who will receive $45,000 collectively in scholarship money from member firms of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. The individual scholarship awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. They are awarded based on the students’ cumulative grade-point average, college activities, work experience, and an essay on consulting engineering. Including this year’s recipients, ACEC New York has awarded 114 scholarships totaling $310,500 since the program’s first statewide awards in the spring of 2002.
VanHaverbeke was honored in March with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey scholarship at the council’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. His $5,000 scholarship was a new ACEC New York initiative awarded in the name of a public agency in recognition of the agency’s achievements and its pursuit of excellence in design.
VanHaverbeke’s nomination for the scholarship read, in part: “By any measure, Patrick is extremely talented, hard-working, resourceful, and creative. Not only does he excel in land surveying engineering technology, [which is] his passion, he is also a gifted writer, having contributed several feature articles to Ergo, Alfred State’s creative arts magazine. He has had extensive work experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management; has pursued and won 10 scholarships and five awards, including the prestigious U.S. Department of the Interior STAR award; and has managed a 3.93 GPA, while commuting to Alfred State and being a full-time husband and father to three children.”
Other ACEC 2010 scholarship winners included students from Rochester Institute of Technology; Manhattan College, Riverdale; Columbia University, New York; SUNY Stony Brook; SUNY Buffalo; The Cooper Union, New York; Union College, Schenectady; and Cornell University, Ithaca.
Founded in 1921, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York is one of the oldest organizations of professional consulting engineering firms in the United States. A statewide association, its members represent all major engineering disciplines and range from highly specialized solo practitioners to multidiscipline firms employing thousands with branch offices worldwide.