more than ever, given rising tuition costs and a tight economy, academic
scholarships to high-achieving students entering the engineering field play an
important support role for the recipients. This year, 16 students in New
York State colleges and universities received American Council of Engineering
Companies of New York scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
Rochester, was named the Western Region Scholarship recipient and received a
$2,500 scholarship. French's cumulative average of 3.91 (out of a possible 4.0)
puts him at the head of his bachelor's program in surveying engineering
technology. He is on the Alfred State Student Senate Executive Board and
treasurer of the Surveying Club. He has worked for Parrone Engineering in
East Rochester and for two landscape contractors in Webster. His
volunteer activities include coaching the Penfield Youth Lacrosse Clinic and
peer tutoring of calculus, physics, and surveying at Alfred State.
Because he loves the outdoors and New York State is his home, French wants to
be a part of future efforts to keep New York State as beautiful as it has
The scholarships are
awarded based on the student's cumulative grade point average, college
activities, work experience, and an essay on consulting engineering.
Eight of the students attending metropolitan area colleges were honored at an
ACEC New York membership luncheon on May 19 at the Union League Club in New
York City. The remaining eight students attending upstate colleges will
be recognized at the council's winter conference in Albany in January.
All will receive their scholarship checks in May.
Since 2001, ACEC New
York has awarded 97 scholarships for a total of $265,500.
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.