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College of Engineering and Applied Science

General Engineering Scholarships

College of Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Scholarships

The funds for these scholarships are provided each year by the alumni and friends of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Gifts to the college's general scholarship fund as well as a portion of annual fund gifts pledged during the student phonathon are used to support this scholarship.

American Council of Engineering Companies of Wyoming

ACEC is a voluntary, non-profit organization established to promote ethical practices in engineering and surveying, to advance the profession's prestige and usefulness to public health, safety and welfare, and to promote the continued professional development of its members. To meet these goals ACEC has established a scholarship for engineering students at UW.

The Richard E. and Judith T. Agee Engineering Endowment

Th e Richard E. and Judith T. Agee Engineering Endowment is used to support and enhance the educational experience of Native American students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming. Th ese funds may be used to support activities that include but are not limited directly to the recruitment and retention of Native American students. Richard E. Agee obtained his B.S. in petroleum engineering at the University of Wyoming in 1965, and an M.S. in petroleum engineering at the University of Wyoming in 1968. He founded and served as President of Oil Company Credit Union and was the Chairman of Board Jakarta International School. He is a registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas. He currently serves on both the college's advisory board and the UW Foundation Board of Directors. Judith T. Agee obtained her B.A. in English at the University of Wyoming in 1965.

Paul S. Bechtel Scholarship

Paul S. Bechtel was born in 1917 in Goodland, Kansas, and died in March 2003 in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from UW with a degree in civil engineering in 1939 and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps flight training program. He served in the Pacific during WW II as a fighter pilot and commander and continued his distinguished military career through the Korean Conflict. He went on to the Air Force Research and Development Command and to head a NORAD Team for the Air Force's SAGE Air Defense. Following his retirement from the military in 1963, he worked in Boeing's rocket program. Upon his retirement he resided in Melbourne, Florida, with his wife Lois during the winter, and in Cashiers, North Carolina, during the summers. In 1991, the Paul S. Bechtel Survey Classroom was dedicated to recognize his commitment to engineering programs and the H.T. Person Endowment. A long time supporter of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Col. Paul Bechtel funded this scholarship endowment to assist students to prepare for a career in environmental engineering.

Bellamy and Sons Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship is named after the engineering and land-surveying firm of and Sons, Engineers, that was founded in 1913 in Laramie. The senior Bellamy, Charles, was a charter member of the Boston Scientific Society before he moved to Wyoming and became the world's first Registered Professional Engineer in 1907. His sons Benjamin and Fulton, grandson John, and great grandsons John II and William each earned a B.S. in engineering from UW and became Licensed Professional Engineers. Their undergraduate experience provided a very good background for John to earn a Ph.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, for John II to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and for William to earn an M.S. from UW and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

The initial endowment of this scholarship was donated by Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus John Bellamy and his wife Jo to help provide future students the opportunity to study engineering at the University of Wyoming.

Fulton D. Bellamy Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed with a bequest from Willamena E. Bellamy. She established the scholarship to honor her husband, Fulton D. Bellamy, who received a degree in civil engineering from UW. Prior to World War II he worked with Bellamy and Sons in Laramie and was an assistant state engineer. During the War he was an instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Following the War he became an airport engineer with the FAA in Kansas City. He went on to become the Midwest District Airport Engineer in charge of all airport construction in the area, including the construction of O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Fulton Bellamy was the uncle of retired professor of civil engineering, Dr. John Bellamy, and the son of the first U.S. Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Charles Bellamy.

Loren C. Bishop Memorial Scholarship

Loren "Clark" Bishop was born in 1885, near Fort Fetterman in the Wyoming Territory. He was licensed as a Wyoming land surveyor in 1907, under the first Engineer and Land Surveyor Registration law passed in the U.S. In addition to a private surveying practice, he held City Engineer and Water Superintendent posts for 30 years before becoming the Wyoming State Engineer. He served in that post from 1939 to 1956, the longest tenure of any state engineer. During that time he served on every major water commission and was involved in negotiating most of Wyoming's interstate compacts. In 1952, an Honorary Doctor of Law degree was bestowed on Mr. Bishop by the University of Wyoming in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the State of Wyoming. Mr. Bishop's family and friends established this scholarship to honor the many and diverse accomplishments of this uncommon man.

Herbert H. Bush Memorial Scholarship

Herbert H. Bush was a native of Hulett, WY, and a long time supporter of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He graduated from UW in 1942 with a general engineering degree and a petroleum option. His academic achievement at UW was recognized by Sigma Tau when he was selected as the 1938-39 Outstanding Freshman, and his name is inscribed on the Pyramid and Rail display at the front entrance of the engineering building. During WW II he served as a U.S. Air Force pilot. Following the war he went on to earn additional degrees in chemical engineering and business management at the University of Colorado. Herbert Bush was employed by Texaco in 1948, and worked for the company for 36 years, specializing in drilling management. Memorial gifts from family and friends were used to establish the Herbert H. Bush Memorial Scholarship. His widow, Mary Susan Bush, has provided the funds to permanently endow the scholarship, "In grateful appreciation for a good and lasting education in engineering."

Roy Chamberlain Scholarship

Gertrude Chamberlain, of Lusk, Wyoming, established an endowed scholarship in memory of her husband Roy Chamberlain. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in business and engineering. Mrs. Chamberlain requested that a student's character, high ideals, ambitions and interest in the private enterprise philosophy be considered when selecting the recipient of the Chamberlain Scholarship.

LeGrand and Juanita Christofferson Scholarship

Long-time supporters of the University of Wyoming and the College of Engineering and Applied Science, LeGrand and Juanita Christofferson provided the college with two endowed trusts which can be used for scholarships, student and faculty development, and instructional equipment.

James and Kristine Larsen and Marie Petersen Routh Memorial Fund

This fund was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Carlton R. Barkhurst in 1978. This scholarship is available to any student who is a Wyoming resident, in good academic standing and enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Cloud Peak Energy Awareness Scholarship in Engineering

Cloud Peak Energy and the University of Wyoming have partnered to promote student awareness
of careers in mining and energy, with Cloud Peak Energy as a potential employer.  Cloud Peak will
present career opportunities to the College’s student organizations and at career fairs, offer field trips
to Wyoming mines, and support students with internships and scholarships.

David H. & Mary M. (Payne) Crum Scholarship

David H. and Mary M. Crum graduated from UW in 1967; Dave in electrical engineering and Mary in education. They appreciate the foundation for success that UW off ered them and three generations of the Crum and Payne families.
Dave was raised in Newcastle. After graduation he was recruited by Culter-Hammer, Inc, an electrical equipment manufacturer, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. In 1971, he co-founded Control Equipment Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Th e company was an industrial control systems design and fabrication company. In 1976, Dave and Mary returned to Wyoming and founded Crum Electric Supply Co., Inc. Th e company is a distributor of electrical parts and equipment, headquartered in Casper with ten branch warehouses in Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho. Dave served on the UW Foundation Board of Directors and as its chairman in 2001-2002. He received UW's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. Dave was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is a former member of the College of Engineering and Applied Science National Advisory Board.
Mary was raised in Laramie. She first taught elementary school at Fort Carson, Colorado, followed by Golden, Colorado, and Casper, Wyoming. Mary has served as secretary/treasure for Crum Electric Supply, Inc. since its inception. She served on the UW Art Museum Board of Directors and was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

F.E. "Tut" and Diane Ellis Engineering Scholarships and Graduate Fellowship

After F.E. "Tut" Ellis graduated from UW in 1955, with a degree in general engineering (petroleum option), he was employed by Continental Oil Company (Conoco) as a trainee engineer. "Tut" retired from Conoco in 1988, after almost 34 years of service during which he held numerous engineering and management positions. He was executive vice president of international exploration and production at the time he retired. Diane and Tut moved 22 times during his career. Even though they roamed the world, Tut and Diane still consider Wyoming home. Tut credits his success to the training he received at UW. Through the Ellis Family Foundation, they and their family want to help others get started in the greatest career of all, engineering. In January 2006, F.E. "Tut" and Diane Ellis offered an additional contribution to the college for the creation of two new scholarships. These scholarships are offered on a yearly basis for students entering the petroleum engineering program.

Clyde Vincent Simpson Memorial Scholarship

The late Mrs. Lois K. Simpson established this endowed scholarship in memory of her husband, Clyde Vincent Simpson.  Mrs. Simpson graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in engineering in 1910.  Mrs. Simpson requested that the student receiving the scholarship should demonstrate effort and ambition worthy of encouragement. 

Eresman Family Engineering Endowment

Randy Eresman and his wife Shelly have generously pledged $1 million to create the Eresman Family Engineering Endowment. Randy, president of Encana Corporation, received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from UW in 1984. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, he attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) before attending UW. The endowment is to enable students from NAIT and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to transfer to UW and pursue their degrees in petroleum engineering. Randy says, "Shelly and I were very fortunate to have had the UW experience. We fully understand and appreciate the opportunities that became available to us because of it and how much it has affected so many aspects of our lives. It is our privilege and pleasure to reciprocate in this meaningful way."

Jane N. Holt Scholarship

In 2004, Jane Holt established an endowment fund with the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The endowment created the Jane N. Holt scholarship. At the donor’s request the scholarship was to be listed as anonymous during her lifetime. In December 2015, Ms. Holt passed away at age 94 in Greeley, Colorado. She attended Bryn Mawr College, the University of Alaska and the University of Wyoming. She was a computer specialist for the government, retiring in 1986. Her scholarship has funded over thirty students since its establishment.

Gordon B. and Virginia L. Hughes Scholarship in the College of Engineering

Distributions from the fund shall be used to award scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering.  Preference may be given to students majoring in Electrical Engineering, and, if other qualifications are equal, preference may be given to students with financial need.

Frank C. and Eleanor M. Gasdek Engineering Scholarship

Barry Gasdek endowed the Frank C. and Eleanor M. Gasdek Engineering Scholarship. This scholarship focuses on leadership exhibited by a Wyoming Engineering student who is also enrolled in Army ROTC. The recipient will demonstrate leadership through campus involvement and past education and work endeavors.

Bob Gaukel Scholarship

Established by the Wyoming Concrete Association of Wyoming (CAW) in Bob Gaukel's name. Bob Gaukel was a part of CAW from the beginning, and gave many years of service to the CAW.

The Concrete Association of Wyoming provides an organization through which its members can coordinate their efforts to advance the general welfare, image and common concerns for the successful operation of their businesses; to encourage efficiency and provide a vehicle to advance, protect and further the interests of its membership as provided by the laws of the State of Wyoming.

Wyoming Engineering Society Past President's Scholarship

This scholarship fund was initially established with memorials to Dale Vandenburg, a past president of the Wyoming Engineering Society. Over the years other families of past presidents have requested that memorial gifts be given to this scholarship fund. Living past presidents of WES also contribute to the fund. The WES Scholarship Committee chooses the recipients.

Gottberg Family Endowed Scholarships in Engineering

The Gottberg Family Endowed Scholarships in Engineering are used to support scholarships for out-of-state undergraduate students in engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming.

Dean Sam D. Hakes Engineering Scholarship

Sam D. Hakes entered UW as a freshman following service in the Korean Conflict. While at UW he earned both B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering. He went on to the University of Iowa for a Ph.D. and returned to UW to join the electrical engineering faculty. He served as Department of Electrical Engineering head from 1969 to 1975. In 1975, he was appointed Dean of UW's College of Engineering and Applied Science and wisely guided the college during exciting times and difficult years (1975-1996). He watched the student body grow, supervised the addition to the engineering building, challenged the faculty to new levels of teaching and research excellence, allocated college funding through oil booms and busts, and always treated students, faculty and staff with respect, fairness and friendship.

As Dean of the college for 21 years, his career was dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to excel in an exceptional learning environment. To recognize his years of service and to honor his career and life, his colleagues established this endowed scholarship. Many alumni, faculty, staff , friends and members of his family generously contributed to this scholarship endowment.

Hathaway Scholarships

In 2006, the Wyoming State Legislature established the Hathaway Scholarship Program designed to provide financial assistance to Wyoming students to attend college in the state of Wyoming. The Hathaway Scholarship Program provides two types of scholarship programs (merit and need-based) which can be used in conjunction with UW scholarships to help students reduce their cost of education.

Bill and Mary Lou Heink Engineering Scholarship

Bill and Mary HeinkWilliam "Bill" and Mary Lou (Schott) Heink live on Merritt Island, Florida, where they have resided for 40 years. Bill, a native of California, came to Laramie in the late 50s to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, but also found Mary Lou, a Wyoming native born in Laramie and raised in Centennial and Cheyenne. After graduation in 1962, Bill pursued a lifelong career in the aerospace industry, launching rockets in both California and Florida. After many years with Rockwell/Boeing (the two companies merged in 1996), Bill retired in 2000 as the Boeing Site Director at the Kennedy Space Center, overseeing all Boeing Space Shuttle launch activities.

Bill and Mary Lou have three children (one of whom is a UW graduate), and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in Florida. Additionally, they hosted seven European Exchange Students for a year at a time in the 1980s, and consider all of them a part of their extended family. They currently have 13 European "grandchildren."

Bill was inducted into the UW Engineering Hall of Fame in 1999 and was honored with UW's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000. He serves on the Engineering National Advisory Board. Mary Lou left UW before graduation to pursue the role of full time wife and mother and today serves on the UW Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Ralph W. Holland, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Ralph W. Holland is remembered by his family and friends for many reasons, none more prominent than his entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic. In 1916, at the age of 19, Ralph boarded a train in Lebanon, Kansas, bound for UW. As a mechanical engineering student, Ralph began working at the Enterprise Cleaners, which he purchased two years later, to earn enough money to pay his way through school. During his lifetime, Ralph invented several cleaning machines, and the largest commercial laundry in the Rocky Mountain region. Elsie M. Holland established this endowed scholarship to honor the memory of her late husband.

The Kyle Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Kyle JohnsonKyle Johnson was a 20-yr. old junior in civil engineering when a tragic accident caused by a drunk driver took his life on Sept. 16, 2001. Seven fellow members of the UW cross-country team were also killed.

Kyle came to UW in the fall of 1999 on a Trustees' Superior Scholarship, which was earned with his perfect 4.0 grade point average and high ACT scores at Riverton High School. The quiet, shy young man continued his record of academic excellence at UW, attaining membership in the national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. His instructors and peers knew that Kyle had the makings of a truly exceptional engineer.

Ranked as one of UW's top five cross-country athletes, Kyle was also an extraordinary role model, embodying the quiet strength, determination, and discipline inherent in top cross-country runners. He was a joy to his coach and teammates and a familiar sight in Laramie, with his trademark, unruly hair bouncing along as he did training runs through the community.

The Kyle Johnson Memorial Scholarship has been created by his loving parents, Denise and Richard Johnson; sister, Deidra; brother, Eric; and sister-in-law, Nicole. It is their wish to assist outstanding engineering students, preferably distance runners, in their UW careers.

Harold and Bonnie Jane Kester Scholarship

Having experienced first hand financial hardship in the pursuit of a college education, Harold (civil engineering 1941) and his wife, Bonnie Jane (music education 1941), established this endowed scholarship fund when they donated an 800 acre ranch near Buffalo, Wyoming. The Kesters are among the College of Engineering and Applied Science most generous supporters. Harold served on the UW Foundation Board, the National Advisory Board for the College and on the H.T. Person Endowment Committee. The Harold O. and Bonnie Jane Kester Structures Research Laboratory was named to recognize their support to engineering programs and the H.T. Person Endowment.

James A. and Linda M. King Scholarship

Jim and Linda King are natives of Oregon and graduates of Oregon State University. Jim has a degree in chemical engineering, and Linda received a degree in education. Wyoming has been their home for more than 25 years. They have raised their family in Riverton, where they own Bonneville Transloaders, Inc., a company that transports soda ash. The Kings generously established this scholarship to assist a promising student with the financial burden of obtaining an education. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic ability and a level of pragmatism that will allow the student to complete an engineering degree and become a productive engineer.

Earl Lloyd Memorial Scholarship

Earl Lloyd was a long time employee of the Wyoming State Engineer's Office. He started work there in 1924, as assistant state engineer and became state engineer in 1957. He was very knowledgeable about water rights and fi lings for water use. He filled the state engineer's position until 1963. He was the first recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Wyoming Eminent Engineer Award in 1956. He was also active in the Wyoming Engineering Society, serving as its president in 1943. Mrs. Earl Lloyd of Cheyenne, Wyoming, established this endowed scholarship in memory of her husband, Earl Lloyd.

Loveland Ready Mix Scholarship

This scholarship endowment was provided by George Fancher (Civil Engineering '42) and Harold Kester (Civil Engineering '41), owners and officers of Loveland Ready Mix Concrete, Inc., and longtime supporters of the College of Engineering. Their company, Eagle Construction, was involved in construction projects throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and they purchased Loveland Ready Mix in 1955 because there were no other ready mix firms in the area. These gentlemen believe that their engineering education at UW had a positive and profound impact on their lives and that funding scholarships provides them an opportunity to help future generations of students. They also hope that those students who receive scholarships will at some point in their lives be willing to assist the next generation of engineering students with scholarship support. The scholarship was endowed in 1994, and in 1995 a second gift doubled the endowment.

Susan McCormack Scholarship

Wayman (B.S./civil engineering 1947) and Eugenia Wing initiated this scholarship to honor staff member Susan McCormack, citing her "dedication, enormous energy, and efficient manner" in working with the students and alumni of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Susan has been in the dean's office since 1988, active in nearly every college activity that involves, in her words, "my kids." Beginning with the pre-college Discovery Days, the JETS/TEAMS high school competition, and as coordinator of the Engineering Summer Program, she is one of the first contacts prospective students and their parents have with the college. She considers students to be "family," and it is with great pride that she reads them across the stage the day they graduate.

As a student puts it, "Susan McCormack has been, without a doubt, the single most influential and helpful person in my university experience. Despite her amazing workload, she has always sacrificed herself for anything and everything I have needed, without a hint of hesitation. She truly is the one who has made my education possible. Every engineering student I know feels the same; Susan is family."

Susan edited the college quarterly, Foresight, from 1991-2006. Anyone who follows the college through this publication will agree that she did an excellent job of keeping alumni and friends informed of the college's news. By interviewing older alums of the college for special articles, Susan made a new set of friends who she happily added to her "family."

Contributions to this scholarship have been made, and will continue to be made, by friends, faculty, staff and alumni.

Thaddeus W. Mermel Scholarship

Thaddeus W. Mermel was born in Chicago and received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1930. Upon graduation he came to the Washington, D.C., area and was employed by the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1933, he transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation engineering center in Denver, CO, where he participated as engineer-designer in the design of Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, Shasta Dam, Hungry Horse Dam and several other major dam projects. With Large Dams as his career focus, he served as chairman of the Committee on the World Registry of Dams for the International Commission of Large Dams. Additional research specialties included high-voltage underground cable, rights of way for utility services, and advanced tunneling methods.

In 1973, retiring as the assistant to the commissioner for scientific affairs, he was awarded the Department of Interior's Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service. Subsequently, the University of Wyoming's College of Engineering accepted his professional papers and records of his career with the Bureau for their archive and future study.

In memory of his strong commitment to the profession of Engineering and his dedication to formal education as the best means for self-advancement, Mr. Mermel's family has established the "T.W. Mermel Engineering Scholarship Fund" at the College of Engineering at the University of Wyoming.

Lucien Moncini Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

The Lucien Moncini Memorial Scholarship in Engineering grants scholarships to students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW. To be eligible for this scholarship award an applicant must also have financial need. Preference is given to undergraduates, but awards may also be made to graduate students.

Max & Ernestine Murray Memorial Scholarship

The Max and Ernestine Murray Memorial Scholarship was set up by the children of Max and Ernestine to recognize their lives and contributions. Max was born in 1915 in Powell, Wyoming on an irrigation farm in the District. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1938 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His life was filled with many adventures. He joined the Wright Aeronautical Corporation and served as technical representative in WWII with the Army Air Corps in North Africa. In 1960, he joined North American Aviation and was involved in the development of propulsion systems for the famous NASA Apollo Program. Later he worked on the Air Force B-1 bomber and on the space shuttle main engines. His fascination with space exploration influenced those of us around him. Max also loved history, travel, and antique cars. He was a product of the famous Professor H.T. Person and the other fine faculty members of UW. Max never forgot where he came from and he had an endless love of Wyoming and the West.

Ernestine Murray was born in Walnut Shade, Missouri, in what is known as the Ozarks. After graduation from high school she ran a successful business in the Southern Missouri resort area. During WWII she moved to Wichita, Kansas, worked for Boeing in production of the B-29 aircraft, and met Max after the war. They had two sons, Scott and Stephen. Her activities included Red Cross chairman for Madison County, Alabama, Salvation Army Women<92>s Auxiliary, Junior Welfare League, and the Art Museum Guild. She was a great homemaker, entertainer, and tireless contributor to the community.

They hope this scholarship will help provide opportunities for young men and women. And, they hope, through this education, their lives will be fulfilling as were those of Max and Ernestine.

Chuck Newcomb Engineering Scholarship

A 1938, graduate in mechanical engineering, Chuck Newcomb followed a path that led across the country from his birthplace in Cheyenne. After a honeymoon in Yellowstone Park with the bride he met at Sulliven's Boarding House in Laramie, the young engineer worked in the oil fields in Casper, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. War came and ordinance work called him to Utah, New York, and then Connecticut. At war's end, he continued designing weapons for Remington Arms but now sporting fi rearms; not army destroyers. In the Pittsburgh area Chuck developed alloys in the infant titanium industry, which led to steel. He was finally able to return his family to their beloved Rocky Mountains. After flirting with various specialty steel products, he ultimately designed the rail mill at CF&I in Pueblo, Colorado. Upon retiring in 1979, "Cherokee Chuck" and his sidekick, Lola, four-wheeled throughout the Rockies where this long-time fi rearms expert shot every bit of his game with a camera. His legacy lives in his desire to make education accessible to all students. He once delivered ice to earn the $50 annual tuition to the University; he now leaves a substantial endowment to encourage others to prepare for the future and to live a full life. He loved his work, and his education served him well.

This scholarship was established by his daughter, Gale Richardson, in loving memory of the finest role model she could ever imagine.

Ronald Noble, Jr. Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Created by his son and daughter-in-law Ronald A. and Teresa Noble, daughter and son-in-law Robin and Rick Frahm, daughter and son-in-law Katherine and John Colosimo, and wife Stella Noble, the Ronald Noble, Jr. Memorial Engineering Scholarship was set up to grant scholarship assistance to students enrolled in engineering programs. Ronald Noble, Jr. was awarded an engineering scholarship to UW in 1955, but was not able to attend the University. His dream was to attend UW and because he wasn't able, his family wanted to set up this scholarship in his name with hopes that it could help someone in his situation fulfill their dream. Preference for this scholarship is given to Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado students entering UW.

A. B. and Marian S. Nuss Memorial Scholarship

A. B. and Marian S. Nuss left a large bequest to the University of Wyoming. This endowment provides scholarships to students with the ability and aptitude to successfully complete a degree in engineering. For many years this scholarship endowment has enabled engineering students to complete their degrees.

Jim and Audrey Bailey Foundation Scholarships

Jim and Audrey Bailey came to Wyoming with their families in the early 1900’s as children and were married just before WWII. They spent most of their lives near Casper, raising four children, and they were successful ranchers and owners of the Bailey School Supply Company, one of the foremost suppliers to rural education in Wyoming for over 50 years. Committed to quality education for Wyoming’s children, the Jim and Audrey Bailey Foundation supports a number of scholarship programs for students in the region. They have seen many family members and friends benefit from an education at UW, and this scholarship is intended to further that goal.

Dean Kynric M. Pell Engineering Scholarship

Kynric Pell attended the University of Florida and earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering. From 1971 until his retirement in 1999, Kyn progressed through the academic ranks, becoming Department Head of Mechanical Engineering in 1989 and Dean in 1996. His research interests initially included fluid mechanics and heat transfer, especially as they relate to heat pipes. In 1985 he initiated research in computer-aided design and manufacturing in support of IBM and the U.S. Navy.

While Dean, he established a College National Advisory Board, worked with the department heads and associate deans to accomplish a successful accreditation review, implemented a college-wide Senior Design Symposium, helped a committee establish a College of Engineering Hall of Fame, and worked with the Director of Development to increase the College endowment fund by $6 million, all of which will assist faculty and students to deal with the challenges of the 21st Century.

To recognize his years of service and to honor his career at the University of Wyoming College of Engineering his colleagues have established an endowed scholarship in Kyn's honor.

H.T. and Maurine Person Scholarship

H.T. Person served UW from 1929 to 1968 as professor, department head, dean of the College, and as UW's 16th President. Beloved and respected by all who knew him, this endowed scholarship fund was established by his friends and colleagues to honor his memory and his lifelong contributions to engineering. More recently the alumni of the college have established the H.T. Person Memorial Endowment Fund which has funded the H.T. Person Chair in Engineering and Applied Science.

General Samuel C. Phillips Engineering Scholarship

Mrs. Betty Phillips, the widow of General Samuel Phillips, provided this scholarship endowment. General Phillips died in 1990, following what may have been the most distinguished military career of any UW alumnus. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from UW in 1942 and served in World War II. After twenty years of service with distinction in Europe and the U.S., he was assigned in 1964 to NASA as Apollo Manned Lunar Landing Program Director. In 1972 he became director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service. General Phillips was named a UW Distinguished Alum in 1962 and received a UW Honorary Doctor of Law degree in 1963. The College of Engineering is proud to have a scholarship that honors the career and life of this outstanding man.

Harold Morris "Whitey" Pursel Engineering Scholarship

In 1905, at the age of 12, Whitey Pursel arrived in the state of Wyoming from Nebraska. Two years later he started to work in the "dirt moving business." A few years later he formed a partnership with Bill Sharrock, the Sharrock and Pursel Construction Company. The firm was awarded the first Federal Aid Highway project in Wyoming, building a portion of the road out of Lusk, WY, to Goshen County. Pursel's career included work for the Bureau of Reclamation, two defense contracts in WW II to improve and expand the Casper and Cheyenne airports, construction of the road to Devil's Tower, and strip mining in the Gas Hills. His family describes him as the original "self-made man". In her trust, his wife, Margaret, established a scholarship in the College to honor Harold Morris Pursel and to aid students interested in studying engineering.

Fornstrom Engineering Scholarship in Water Resources

Distributions from the fund shall be used to award scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering. To be eligible for this scholarship award, an applicant must have attained Junior, Senior, or Graduate level status as well as have an interest in water resources.

RMB Oil Field Consulting Inc. Scholarship in Engineering

Established in May 2011, this scholarship was formed by Rick and Maria Bush of Ft. Collins, CO. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students to pursue degrees in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Larry Sackman Memorial Scholarship

A Riverton, WY native, Lawrence “Larry” Sackman received his mechanical engineering degree from UW in 1971. After graduation, he moved to Texas where he met his wife, Loretta. Larry spent his professional career in Texas, but always took pride in his engineering degree from the University of Wyoming and his Wyoming roots. Larry passed away in 2003.

Louie and Sigrid See Scholarship in Engineering

Louie W. See, a Wyoming native, received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1955. After graduation he accepted a position with the Bureau of Reclamation his first project was work on the Glendo Dam. During his civil engineering career Louie was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Navy, he worked on a variety of projects in Guam. Sigrid See, also a Wyoming native and talented puppeteer, established this scholarship to assist the students in the College of Engineering.

Richard and Marilyn Lynch Engineering Dean’s Excellence Fund 

Petroleum Engineering alum Richard Lynch and wife Marilyn were able to see a University of Wyoming and a College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on the rise. This prompted them to start an excellence fund that will help engineering students as they pursue their degrees and engineering faculty engage in meaningful research here at UW. The Richard and Marilyn Lynch Engineering Excellence Fund shall be used to foster excellence and provide financial support to the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in this manner.

The Sikora Engineering Scholarship Endowment

The Sikora Engineering Scholarship Endowment was established to recognize the teaching skills of Dean H. T. Person and his faculty who instilled in their students the engineering principles and management practices so vitally important for the betterment of mankind. These principles emphasized the real meaning of "Strive On - The Control of Nature is Won Not Given." The H. T. Person legacy continues through countless engineers, renowned or not, who in their own ways have benefited society. The stipends are to provide assistance to deserving individuals regardless of their chosen engineering discipline. Orwill "Bill" Sikora (BS/Civil Engineering '52), Clare Kazmerchak Sikora (BS/Journalism '52), and a State of Wyoming Distinction Campaign matching grant provide the endowment for this scholarship.

Helen and James Smith - Honoring the College of Engineering Hall of Fame

This endowed scholarship was established to recognize members of the College of Engineering Hall of Fame and is awarded to an engineering student on the basis of leadership, creativity and scholarship. The initial endowment was provided by Helen and Jim Smith, along with additional contributions by their family and the family and friends of Hall of Fame members. Jim was Professor of Agricultural Engineering for 12 years. He was active in teaching and conducted research on the environmental impacts of disturbed lands. Helen and Jim participated in international programs in India, Pakistan (Afghanistan), Egypt, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, and in 1987-88 Jim was a Fellow at the University of Nairobi (Kenya).

Jack R. and Thelma B. Starner Family Engineering Scholarship

Jack graduated in General Engineering (Petroleum Option) in 1957. He started his career with Fred Goodstein's Trigood Oil Co. in Casper, Wyoming, as a drilling and completion engineer. He then joined his father in the Oil Well Fishing Tool business in Casper, Wyoming. After the sale of their company, Jack worked for the Fluor Corporation throughout the United States, Caribbean, and South America in construction management of refinery and petro chemical projects. In 1972, the family returned to the United States and entered a new career in the ready mix concrete and aggregate production business in Western Colorado. They sold their business in 1997 and retired spending their time raising registered Black Angus cattle and participating in various local and state activities.

Thelma earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration at the University of Wyoming in 1956. She was the former secretary for the Mechanical Engineering Department under the late Eric Lindahl during 1956-57 and handled all of the scheduling of job interviews for the Dean of the College of Engineering, the late H. T. Person.

The Starners and their daughters Vicki and Shari with their husbands reside in Delta, Colorado.

John and Sally Steadman Endowment

John W. and Sally Steadman established this fund in 2003, for use by the College of Engineering and Applied Science to support faculty professional development, to provide graduates with education necessary to be competitive in the engineering marketplace and to provide undergraduate scholarships for students from underrepresented segments of the student population (women and ethnic minorities).

Sally (Gronewold) Steadman, is a 1969 (B.S.) and 1994 (Ph.D.) graduate of UW. She is currently employed by the University of South Alabama as an adjunct instructor of civil engineering. After graduating from UW in 1969, with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, she obtained her master's degree in mathematics from the University of Denver in 1973, and her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UW in 1994. She served on the faculty at the UW from 1983-2003. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the American Society for Engineering Education. She has been recognized nationally by both Tau Beta Pi and Mortar Board for exhibiting excellence in advising collegiate chapters. She was also the recipient of the University of Wyoming Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award. She currently serves as a member of the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science National Advisory Board.

John W. Steadman graduated from UW with a B.S. in 1964, and an M.S. in 1966, in electrical engineering. After obtaining his M.S. degree, he was employed by General Dynamics in San Diego, working on astronaut life support systems. He received a Ph.D. from CSU in 1971, and joined the faculty at UW. John was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in 1997-98. A licensed professional engineer, he served 16 years on Wyoming's State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors at the request of three different governors. John has also served as president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, the organization that represents the engineering licensing boards of the various states and jurisdictions of the United States. He has held leadership positions in the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. John is a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors and the Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer. Former head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW, he is currently serving as Dean of Engineering at the University of South Alabama. John and Sally reside in Mobile, Alabama.

Paul Stock Foundation Scholarship

The late Paul Stock was one of the last great independent oil men. His career began as a 15-year-old roughneck and ended as one of Texaco's largest individual stock holders. For many years, the Paul Stock Foundation has generously supported the programs and students of the University of Wyoming by providing scholarships to students studying in each of UW's seven colleges. The Stock Foundation, which is headquartered in Cody, also funds scholarships to students attending some of Wyoming's community colleges. In addition, the Stock Foundation provided the cornerstone funding for the H. T. Person Endowment for the College of Engineering. To honor Paul Stock's memory and commitment to higher education, the petroleum engineering's fluids lab was named the Paul Stock Drilling Fluids Laboratory.

Horace O. Titus Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Horace Titus graduated in 1926 with a degree in civil engineering. He remained active in the field and remained in contact with the engineering department until his death. Alberta Gould Titus, his widow, established this scholarship in his honor and memory.

UW Trustees' Superior Scholarship

The University of Wyoming will recognize a limited number of Wyoming's top resident graduating seniors for their academic achievement as recipients of the highly competitive Trustee's Scholars Award. Recipients are evaluated on their academic excellence (high school GPA, test scores, and curriculum rigor). The Trustees' Scholars award, when combined with the Hathaway Honors award, provides the equivalent cost of tuition and mandatory fees (for actual credit hours taken per semester, excluding summer sessions), double occupancy room, and an unlimited access dining plan. Consideration for the Trustees' Award is given to those who have submitted a complotted admissions application, which must be received by the UW Admissions Office on or before December 1 of the year prior to matriculation at UW. 

Union Wireless Engineering and Applied Science Undergraduate Scholarship

The College has a five-year scholarship agreement with Union Telephone (dba: Union Wireless) to support engineering and applied science undergraduate students. The scholarship awards, which are not restricted to a specific department within the College, will be given once each year over the next five years.

Continuing the tradition of his father John G. Woody, B.S. electrical engineering 1967, Eric J.Woody, chief technology and operations officer of Union Wireless, is also a 2001 UW graduate with a B.S. in electrical engineering. The Woody family's strong commitment to the state of Wyoming as well as their appreciation of the education they received at the University provided the incentive to support student research and education.

Union Wireless has cell towers in the major cities of Wyoming and the rural and undeveloped areas of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah; places traditionally underserved by the large national wireless companies. The company has more towers throughout Wyoming than any other wireless provider increasing service, safety and security where many people live, work and travel every day. Union Wireless is a division of Union Telephone Company, founded in 1914, by John D. Woody. In 1990, Union Telephone Company expanded into wireless communication and data services. On average, the company erects or updates a new cell tower weekly. The company operates 12 retail locations and has over 30 agents serving Wyoming, northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah.

Joe H. and Arlene Watt Scholarship Honoring H. T. Person

This scholarship endowment was originally established by Joe and Arlene Watt when they gave 150 head of cattle valued at $30,000 to establish engineering scholarships in honor of H.T. Person. The Watts recently gifted the College of Engineering with an additional $200,000 to be used for scholarships, again in honor of H.T. Person. In addition to their recent contribution to the College of Engineering, Mr. and Mrs. Watt provided $200,000 in scholarship funding to the Colleges of Business and Agriculture, as well as $400,000 to the American Heritage Center, which proudly bears their name. Mr. Watt's role as one of Wyoming's leading cattlemen began in a log cabin on his family's homestead near Moorecroft, WY. Joe and Arlene went on to own one of Wyoming's largest cattle ranches, the Triangle T. Service and support have been the hallmarks of the Watts' long association with the University of Wyoming. In addition to their generous gifts, Joe Watt served for six years on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, serving as president of the board in 1967, and nine years on the UW Foundation Board.

Roger G. Wing Memorial Scholarship

The Roger G. Wing Scholarship was established in December 1997, by Wayman (B.S. civil engineering 1947) and Eugenia Wing, a month after the tragic death of their beloved only son. Born in Bronxville, New York, in 1953, Roger was a graduate of Avon Old Farm School in Avon, Connecticut, and at the time of his death, managed a successful builder/developer company, Wing and Associates, in Bellevue, Washington.

The Wings have deep family ties in Evanston, Wyoming, and Roger appreciated those family roots. He actively participated in administering the Wong Gin Wing Family Scholarship Trust through Uinta County School District #1. As a trustee, he annually helped select a deserving high school senior who wished to attend UW. Roger, who also had a home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, made a point to attend UW functions with his parents whenever possible. His boyish enthusiasm and obvious love for his parents won him many friends at the University. As his only sister, Dr. Sandra Wing, said in a letter to friends "It was very sad to let him go, but we knew in our hearts that Roger, whose first love had always been river rafting, had chosen to start a new journey-he is scouting a new river in a new frontier." His parents and friends have chosen to extend the frontiers of education in his memory.

Richard G. Wunder Electrical Engineering Scholarship

Richard G. Wunder received a degree in electrical engineering from UW in 1969. He was employed by US WEST in Cheyenne as the manager of electrical protection until the time of his death in 1992. Before he died, Mr. Wunder and his wife, Sandra, established a living trust which will eventually leave a substantial part of their estate to this scholarship endowment. This endowed scholarship was funded with memorials from Mr. Wunder's family and friends. Mrs. Wunder continues to generously fund the scholarship. This scholarship honors the career and life of Richard G. Wunder and is intended to assist worthy young men and women in achieving their educational goals. The scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors majoring in electrical engineering.

Wyoming Engineering Society Scholarship

The Wyoming Engineering Society is an organization of engineers and surveyors from private practice, industry, government and academia throughout Wyoming. The 690 members enthusiastically support the College of Engineering in a variety of ways, including financial support for scholarships, as well as the annual WES Student Engineer of the Year Award. Most of the organization's financial expenditures are in support of the College of Engineering. The members of the Scholarship Committee interview the candidates and select the recipients.

Wyoming Engineering Society Carl Oslund Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship was established to promote the surveying profession and encourage students to pursue the academic requirements to become a Professional Land Surveyor.

Carl Oslund was born and raised in Cheyenne. In the 1930s he became a surveyor and was one of the early surveyors of the Yellowstone National Park road system. Mr. Oslund was a longtime member of the Wyoming Engineering Society and served as the society's president in 1965-66. Carl Oslund died in 1994, and his children, Pete and Penny Oslund, established this scholarship to recognize his career in engineering and his interest in education. The scholarship is administered by the Wyoming Engineering Society and the organization's Scholarship Committee selects a UW engineering student to receive the scholarship.

Wyoming Engineering Society Surveyors Scholarship

The Wyoming Engineering Society is an organization of engineers and surveyors from private practice, industry, government and academia throughout Wyoming. The 690 members enthusiastically support the College of Engineering in a variety of ways, including financial support for scholarships, as well as the annual WES Student Engineer of the Year Award. Most of the organization's financial expenditures are in support of the College of Engineering. The members of the Scholarship Committee interview the candidates and select the recipients.

Jim and Beverly Young Scholarship in EN

Distributions from the fund shall be used to award scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering. To be eligible for this scholarship award, the recipient must meet the following criteria: (1) Student must be a graduate of a Wyoming High School with first preference given to students who have self-identified as Native-American; (2) Students must show academic merit and/or promise; (3) Students will be required to commit to and perform 16 hours of community service and provide a written report to the Dean of the College of Engineering, detailing the nature of the service completed, the benefit the service provided to the community, and what the student learned from performing the service. Hours of community service must be completed within the academic year in which the scholarship award is applied to the student’s account. Preference will be given to a student who will commit to engage in a project related to construction (all trades) or work that requires engineering skills learned by the student.

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