There’s growing concern nationwide that the U.S. won’t be able to find enough qualified workers to meet the growing demands of businesses operating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. A recent study from U.S. News & World Report and industrial giant Raytheon shows that while the number of students taking STEM degrees at college has risen since 2000, that proportion has not grown relative to the total number of degrees conferred. At the same time, demand for jobs to be filled in STEM disciplines, such as engineering, has grown dramatically and continues to rise.
ACEC California supports the development of consulting engineering and surveying talent in a number of ways. Over the last five years, the statewide organization funded more than $100,000 in college scholarships through ACEC California’s Scholarship Foundation. These scholarships have helped more than thirty young aspiring engineers pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at universities and colleges throughout the state. In addition to the awards made at the state level, ACEC member firms, working through the 22 chapters that make up the state organization, have awarded additional scholarships to students within the geographic limits of their local chapters. A number of the chapter scholarships were awarded to qualifying students at junior colleges.
The scholarship foundation, headed this year by Randy Leptien of Martinez-based civil engineers Leptien, Cronin, Cooper, Morris and Poore, Inc. accepts submissions every January for the forthcoming academic year. Scholarship awards run from $1,000 to $7,000 per student. Top applicants to the ACEC California scholarship program are also invited to submit in March each year
for ACEC’s national organization scholarship program, which this year offered six scholarships, the largest being $10,000.
For more information on ACEC California’s scholarship foundation programs, click here.