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MSA Awards Scholarships to Engineering Students

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MSA Awards Scholarships to Engineering Students

MSA awarded five $1,000 scholarships for the Fall 2017 semester to civil and environmental engineering students attending selected universities throughout the Upper Midwest. The scholarships were awarded based on several factors including past academic performance, application essay, leadership and volunteer experience.
One of MSA’s core values is Commitment to Learning. MSA is active in STEM programs, and we find great value in teaching youth about our field and by awarding scholarships to the next generation of graduates.
Winners Announced
The winners are: Leah DeSimpelare, Michigan Tech University, Civil Engineering; Jens Dancer, Iowa State University, Civil Engineering; Leah Bectel, Michigan Tech University, Environmental Engineering; Aaron Foley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Civil Engineering; and McKenna Farmer, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Civil Engineering.
“We congratulate the recipients of our scholarship for their dedication to math and science,” said Mike Maloney, one of MSA’s Vice Presidents. “Our goal is to help them use this opportunity to improve the lives of others. As candidates, they impressed us with their sense of community and the environment. They will be leaders within their communities and beyond.”
Engineers’ Contributions
Students revealed participation in diverse activities within their applications, but mostly emphasized a strong interest in math and science, which led to their decision to pursue engineering. “I enjoyed taking courses at my high school through the Project Lead the Way program: Intro to Engineering & Design, Principles of Engineering and Civil Engineering & Architecture,” said Aaron Foley. “Being able to take engineering courses for three of my four years during high school confirmed my interest in engineering as a career choice.”
These students want to help others while working in careers that interest them. “I was certain that environmental engineering was the right choice for me. It encompassed everything I had grown to love; engineering, problem-solving and environmental science,” said Leah Bectel. This career path not only allows me to protect the environment, but also the community around me.”
The applicants all expressed interest in preserving the environment. “I’ve chosen a career in engineering because I believe it will be the single most beneficial way to impact the communities where I will live one day, said Jens Dancer. Leah DeSimpelare took it a step further and said, “I specifically chose civil engineering because of the broadness of the field. I saw the opportunities within civil engineering and saw how many different ways there were to change the world.”
All winners also had great leadership experience. “I have been actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter on campus,” said McKenna Farmer. “Through SWE, I coordinated and planned two activities at the annual Engineering Expo on campus. The event is meant for K-12 students to engage them in STEM fields through demonstrations and tours of campus.”
Career Opportunities
For more information about career opportunities, visit MSA's Careers site. MSA will be at a variety of career fairs this coming fall looking for interns, co-ops and new grads. Watch our website for those dates!

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