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Civil Engineering Scholarships

Joel Coffey Memorial Scholarship

The Joel Coffey Memorial Scholarship was created to recognize the accomplishments and life ofan honored alumnus of the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, successful Laramie-based surveyor and civil engineer, father, and friend. In July of 2004, Joel passed away. Joel's passion and vision continue on through the actions of his family by the establishment of this scholarship.

Joel graduated with honors from UW in 1980. His B.S. in civil engineering served him well and he became an L.S. (Professional Land Surveyor) in 1984 and a P.E. (Professional Engineer) in 1987. He joined the Wyoming Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers and served as the Wyoming Chapter President from 1990-1991. He was also an active member of the Wyoming Engineering Society from 1983 up until his death.

Joel considered himself very fortunate to reside in Wyoming and was proud to call Laramie his home. His love of the land was reflected in his love of land surveying. This scholarship is intended to encourage the pursuit of excellence in this field of study within the broader scope of civil engineering.

American Society of Civil Engineers, Wyoming Section, Scholarship

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the oldest of the national engineering professional organizations. This scholarship is awarded by the Wyoming section of the ASCE, of which there are 300 members. Chosen by the student section faculty advisors and the Wyoming section officers, selection of the scholarship recipient is based on GPA and the student's active participation in the student chapter of ASCE.

Joe Banner Memorial Scholarship

Joseph T. Banner was the founding president of Banner and Associates, Inc., one of the largest engineering - architectural firms headquartered in the Rocky Mountain region. The endowment, established by the firm to honor Joseph T. Banner, provides scholarships for students majoring in either civil or architectural engineering.

The Beavers Engineering Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by the Beavers, a world-wide organization of heavy construction contractors. Vincent O. Smith (civil engineering, 1950) was instrumental in the decision by the Beavers to endow a scholarship at UW. The Beavers have endowed scholarships at 29 universities since the inception of the Beavers Charitable Trust in 1978. This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior engineering students interested in pursuing a career in heavy construction.

Ralph W. Beck Memorial Scholarship

Ralph William "Bill" Beck was born April 10, 1920, in Royalton, Vermont, and died October 13, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduating from UW in 1946 with a B.S. in civil engineering, Bill embarked on a career that led him literally all over the world, with emphasis on developing infrastructure and oil fields in Southeast Asia. He worked for private industry, the military and international governmental agencies. The scholarship is awarded to a student in civil engineering.

Clarence F. and Irene Becker Agricultural Engineering Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established to recognize the alumni of agricultural engineering and is named for Clarence Becker and his wife, Irene. Clarence served as a UW professor for the Department of Agricultural Engineering for thirty-five years and as the department's head for ten of those years. Since his retirement from the USDA in 1988, Clarence has been an adjunct professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Arizona. His colleagues and alumni of the UW Department of Agricultural Engineering provided the funding for this endowed scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a civil engineering student studying in the water resources area.

Arthur and Jean Boresi Civil and Architectural Engineering Scholarship

The son of a coal miner, Art Boresi was born in Toluca, Illinois. He served in WW II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war he returned to the University of Illinois where he completed a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering and stayed to serve on the College of Engineering and Applied Science faculty for 27 years. Jean was born on a farm near Urbana, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. During WW II she worked for the U.S. Navy in Washington, DC. Following the war she returned to Urbana where she met and married Art.

In 1980 Art joined the UW Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Shortly after his arrival, he was appointed department head, a position he held for 14 years. His colleagues established this endowed scholarship to honor his many contributions to engineering research, to the profession, and to his dedication to students. The scholarship is awarded to a senior majoring in civil or architectural engineering.

Polly Garner Leik Chase Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Mrs. Chase gave the College of Engineering more than $160,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the Department of Civil Engineering in memory of her husband Howard J. Leik. Polly and Howard both attended schools in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School. After high school graduation, they both attended the University of Wyoming. Howard graduated from the College of Engineering and was a Kappa Sigma fraternity member. Polly was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and former homecoming queen. They were married in 1933. Howard served in World War II and received two Purple Hearts in battle. His career included serving as mayor of Casper, WY, and several terms in the Wyoming legislature and senate.

Richard C. Day Engineering Scholarship

Richard C. (Dick) Day was born November 7, 1900, in Casper, Wyoming, a son of John S. and Hannah Welch Day, and was raised on a ranch near Lysite. He graduated from UW in 1926, and married Helen Heagney on November 10, 1928, in Douglas, Wyoming. He worked for the Wyoming Highway Department for over two years before joining the Ohio Oil Company (later Mountain Fuel Supply Co.) in January 1929, and moving to Rock Springs, Wyoming, where he lived for the rest of his life. After retiring from Mountain Fuel in 1966, he worked as a civil engineer for Johnson & Fermelia Co. until his second retirement in 1986.

Day was a licensed land surveyor and registered professional engineer in Wyoming (license #124), Utah, and Colorado. He was a life member of the Wyoming Engineering Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Wyoming Historical Society. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Shrine. His activities included serving on the library board, working with the Girl Scouts to build a camp at Fremont Lake, hunting, square dancing, and studying Wyoming history. He and Helen raised three daughters, all of whom received degrees at the University of Wyoming. Sadly, he passed away on February 21, 1992, in Boulder, Colorado.

Eagle Construction Corporation Scholarship

Harold Kester (civil engineering 1941) and George Fancher (civil engineering 1942) first met in a line to register for classes at UW. In 1947, they formed the Eagle Construction Company. When the company began work on the Big Thompson Power Plant, which was part of the Transcontinental Water Division Project, they moved Eagle Construction from Wyoming to Loveland, Colorado. The firm installed the world's largest hydro turbines and generators at the Grand Coulee Dam and in most of the dams on the Missouri, Colorado and Columbia Rivers. This endowed scholarship is one of many generous gifts provided to the College of Engineering and Applied Science by these gentlemen. This scholarship is awarded to a freshman student in civil and architectural engineering.

Victor Hasfurther Engineering Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Dr. Victor Hasfurther has been widely recognized as a wonderful teacher, a gifted mentor, a significant researcher in water problems for Wyoming, and a good friend to all who know him. During his 30 year tenure at UW, he was selected for the ASCE Outstanding Professor Award seven times; he was twice nominated as "Top Prof " by the Mortar Board Honorary, and he received an Ellbogen Meritorious Teaching Award. He served as head of Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering for five years. His research was always directed to solving Wyoming water problems, including modeling, theoretical and field studies. "Doc" has been actively involved with ASCE, as president of the state section, president and chair of several national committees, state newsletter editor, and faculty advisor to the Student chapter. He was the P.E. and F.E. coordinator for the State Board of Registration for nearly twenty years. Students and faculty found Vic easy to talk to; he always gave his time and listened. This scholarship has been established by his former students, his colleagues, and his friends to recognize his many contributions to education and to the State of Wyoming.

Harold and Bonnie Jane Kester Scholarship

Having experienced first hand financial hardship in the pursuit of a college education, Harold (Civil Engineering '41) and his wife, Bonnie Jane (Music Education '41), established this endowed scholarship fund when they donated an 800 acre ranch near Buffalo, WY. The Kesters are among the College of Engineering's most generous supporters. Harold served on the UW Foundation Board, the National Advisory Board for the College of Engineering 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.

Harold O. Kester Graduate Fellowship

Harold Kester enjoyed an enormously successful career and the respect and admiration of professional colleagues throughout the nation. At the time this fellowship was established, Harold was quoted as saying, "My education at UW was the greatest single thing that's ever happened to me. It showed me the opportunities available to a person through the contacts you make and the things you learn. An education was a stepping stone to a much broader picture than I'd ever imagined was out there." The Kester Fellowship is designed to encourage outstanding students to select the University of Wyoming's Department of Civil Engineering for their graduate education.

Donald R. Lamb Endowment Fund

The family of Dr. Don Lamb has chosen to honor Don by establishing the Donald R. Lamb Endowment Fund to provide civil engineering graduate fellowships at the University of Wyoming in highway engineering. Dr. Lamb began his teaching career at UW as a supply instructor in 1951. He was promoted to professor in 1961, was chairman of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering from 1964 to 1974, and remained on the faculty until 1981. Contributions may be made to this fund through the UW Foundation, 1200 East Ivinson Avenue in Laramie, Wyoming, 82070.

A.J. "Mike" McGaw Scholarship

A. J. "Mike " McGaw was a professor of civil engineering, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, and Dean of the College of Engineering. His family, colleagues and friends established this scholarship to permanently honor his many important contributions to the College. Dean McGaw's widow, Louise McGaw, continues to add to the endowment.

Professor Glenn B. Mullens Scholarship

The late Professor Glenn B. Mullens, a native of Cheyenne, WY, graduated from UW in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After serving as a B29 flight engineer during WW II, he returned to UW and received a degree in civil engineering with honor in 1946, a professional degree in civil engineering in 1950, and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1954. Glenn was a registered professional engineer and architect, and in 1995 was named Tau Beta Pi Wyoming Eminent Engineer. After 38 years of teaching, he retired in 1984 as Professor Emeritus of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. His widow, Elinor, continues to reside in Laramie and remains actively involved in the community.

Funding for this scholarship was initiated by a student of Professor Mullens who thought so highly of this outstanding educator that he and his wife established this scholarship endowment to honor Professor Mullens. Orwill "Bill " (CE '52) and Clare (EDUC '52) Sikora faithfully contributed to the scholarship annually for many years. Professor and Mrs. Mullens and their daughter, Ann Mullens Boelter, provided the funding to complete the endowment.

Floyd McKinley Roush Civil Engineering Scholarship

In 1936, at the age of 40, Floyd McKinley Roush graduated from UW with a degree in civil engineering with Phi Kappa honors. He was superintendent of the Goshen Irrigation District for several years and ended his career as the head of the Operation and Maintenance Division of District 5 of the Bureau of Reclamation. His daughter, Maxine, who received her civil engineering degree from the University in 1947, gives this scholarship in loving memory.

F. Maxine Roush McIntosh Civil Engineering Scholarship

Maxine Roush McIntosh was one of the first two women to graduate from University of Wyoming School of Engineering. She graduated cum laude in 1943 in civil engineering and worked for the Corps of Engineers, and California Transportation Department for eight years before electing to stay home and raise a family. Twenty years later she returned to the field as a construction engineer with the City of Concord, supervising several multi-million dollar projects. This civil engineering scholarship is established at the request of her sons George W. Muller and Scott A. Muller.

Vincent O. and Ann Barker Smith Civil Engineering Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship

Vincent Smith, a native of Sheridan, Wyoming, entered UW in 1940. His education was interrupted by WW II. While serving in the Army Engineers as an operations officer, he met and married his late wife, Ann. When the war was over, they returned to Laramie. Ann worked as a Dietitian for the UW Student Union, and Vincent completed his degree in civil engineering in 1950. Vincent enjoyed an extremely successful career in the construction industry.

States West Water Resources Scholarship

The States West Water Resources Scholarships will be given to students who are employees (or their spouses and children) of States West Water Resources, or to students in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering with a preference to those specializing in water resources or environment.

Tri State Truck and Equipment Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Thomas Zimmer, president of Tri State Truck and Equipment, Inc. Over the past 36 years, Tri State Truck and Equipment has been serving the Wyoming and Montana construction and mining industries. This scholarship represents the company's commitment to supporting a quality engineering education for these industries. To be eligible for this scholarship award, a student must be a junior or senior majoring in civil engineering.

Timothy J. Peter Memorial Scholarship

Tim Peter graduated with a degree in architectural engineering in December 1988, and passed away shortly after graduating. For those who knew Tim, the news of his sudden, tragic death came as a shocking and heartbreaking blow. He was one of those rare individuals who radiated life, energy, excitement, adventure, and happiness. The Timothy James Peter Memorial Scholarship Fund was established through the outpouring of memorial contributions at the time of Tim's death. Tim's parents, James and Donna Peter, created the scholarship to help other deserving students with their education because Tim had so openly and deeply appreciated his parents' support. This extraordinary young man from Minnesota dearly loved UW and the high country of Wyoming, and in his presence people would feel better about themselves and the world around them. His family continues to generously enhance this scholarship endowment.

Mary Lou and Paul A. Rechard Endowed Fellowship in Civil Engineering for Water Resources

Paul Rechard has established this memorial fund to support water resources in civil engineering in memory of his wife Mary Lou Rechard. Paul Rechard graduated from the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science with a B.S. in 1948, and M.S. in 1949, both in civil engineering, and he was a professor of civil engineering and the director of the Water Resources Research Institute at UW from 1964–1982. He also was the co-founder of Western Water Consultants (now WWC Engineering) in Laramie.

Along with Mary Lou, Paul has been an active alumnus, donor, and friend of the college since his graduation. The initial contribution to this fund achieved the minimum $50,000 amount for the state match, and so all subsequent donations in any amount will be matched.

Polly Garner Leik Chase Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Mrs. Chase gave the College of Engineering and Applied Science more than $160,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the Department of Civil Engineering in memory of her husband Howard J. Leik. Polly and Howard both attended schools in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School. After high school graduation, they both attended UW. Howard graduated from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and was a Kappa Sigma fraternity member. Polly was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and former homecoming queen. They were married in 1933. Howard served in World War II and received two Purple Hearts in battle. His career included serving as mayor of Casper, Wyoming and several terms in the Wyoming legislature.

National Coal Transportation Association Scholarship

The National Coal Transportation Association Scholarship supports students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science pursuing transportation related studies. The NCTA, formerly the Western Coal Transportation Association started the scholarship in 1993.

Haselden Construction Scholarship for Civil and Architectural Engineering

Formed by Haselden Construction, LLC in May 2011, this scholarship may be given to one recipient or distributed to several recipients who are either a junior or senior in civil or architectural engineering.

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