Now 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, two students from the Grove School of Engineering of CCNY were among 16 students in New York State colleges and universities that will receive the prestigious American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Since 2001, ACEC New York has awarded 97 scholarships for a total of $265,500.
The scholarships are being 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 will be 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.
Following are the scholarship winners from CCNY for 2009:
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers Scholarship - $2,500
- Constantine Spanos, The City College of New York, New York, N.Y. The protégé of Robert Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) and distinguished civil engineering professor at City College, Constantine is described by his professors as the best student in the 2010 class. Enrolled in the Macaulay Honors College University Scholars Program, he is interested in studying New York's transportation infrastructure and economic development along with the impact projects have on the natural environment. Constantine hopes to obtain a doctorate degree in civil engineering to conduct research and teach engineering and policy at the university level. He is president of Chi Epsilon and has served as vice president of CCNY's chapter of Engineers without Borders until January of last year.
Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Scholarship - $2,500
Anthony Vasile, The City College of New York, New York, N.Y. It is often said that it's never too late to realize a dream. After more than a decade of working full- and part-time for construction companies in New York to earn the money to attend college, Anthony now wants to complete his studies for a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and begin working as a consulting engineer in New York State. He is a member of the Concrete Canoe Club and says the scholarship money will give him more time to research and test mixtures for the club and for his studies. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the student chapter of ASCE and Chi Epsilon, and this semester has been researching the performance of mechanically stabilized earth walls as an independent study.