Seventeen engineering students attending New York State colleges and universities will receive $45,000 collectively in scholarship money from member firms of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York). The awards are based on the students’ cumulative grade-point average, college activities, work experience and an essay on consulting engineering. The individual awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. Including this year’s recipients, ACEC New York has awarded 131 scholarships totaling $355,500 since the program’s inception in 2002.
Students attending upstate colleges will be recognized at the council’s winter conference in Albany in January 2012. All will receive their checks in May.
Among these 17 elite scholars were two Alfred State College students.
Jarrod Shafer, Belfast, surveying engineering technology, a course of study that has interested him since he worked in the engineering department of the Allegany County Department of Public Works. He would like someday to own his own surveying firm. He is vice president of Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society and a member of the Surveying Club. His off-campus activities include membership in the Hornell Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and he has applied for membership in the Elks in order to help members of his community. He was awarded the AECOM Scholarship for $2,500.
Jacqueline Dresser, Ovid, a second generation surveyor-to-be, chose Alfred State College because it is the only college in New York State that offers the surveying curriculum leading to a bachelor of science degree. She is described by one of her professors as a high performer, a leader, and a take-charge person, who early in her career will own her own firm. She is a member of the Surveying Club and Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society and the recipient of the 2010 Athletic Leadership and the Athletic Academic awards, and was named the 2009-10 Distinguished Academic All American on the college’s women’s basketball team. She was awarded the Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Scholarship for $2,500.
Founded in 1921, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) is the state’s premier organization for consulting engineering firms, representing 280 companies and over 20,000 employees in New York. The organization’s mission is to further the business interests of its members through advocacy, networking, education and business services.