MSA awards scholarships to engineering students

Posted on 06/13/2016 7:25 AM


MSA’s scholarship winners are, left to right, Alison Krick, David Falish, Erin Clarkowski, Grant Lesak, Jennifer McAffee, Sara Watry, and Spencer Pech. (Submitted photos)
MSA’s scholarship winners are, left to right, Alison Krick, David Falish, Erin Clarkowski, Grant Lesak, Jennifer McAffee, Sara Watry, and Spencer Pech. (Submitted photos)

What do engineers do? The public may not think about it much, but seven topnotch engineering students believe their future careers will give them the opportunity to improve their communities and help solve complex issues.

MSA recently awarded each of these agricultural, civil, and environmental engineering students $1,000 scholarships for the fall 2016 semester. They are attending selected universities throughout the Upper Midwest. The scholarships were awarded based on several factors including past academic performance, application essay, leadership experience and volunteer experience.

Scholarship Winners

The winners are: Spencer Pech, Iowa State University, Agricultural Engineering,; Alison Krick, University of Iowa, Civil Engineering; Grant Lesak, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Sara Watry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Erin Clarkowski, University of Minnesota Duluth, Civil Engineering, David Falish, Michigan Technological University, Environmental Engineering; and Jennifer McAffee, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Environmental Engineering.

MSA President/CEO Gilbert Hantzsch said, “MSA is pleased to offer scholarships to these exceptional engineering students. Our firm supports STEM education from elementary school through higher education. We recognize that the demand for STEM workers will continue to increase and we want to do our part to support the engineers of the future.”

Engineers’ Contributions

In their applications, students revealed a strong desire to use their skills to conserve and protect land and water and provide solutions for the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. 

Many agreed that the public does not understand engineers’ contributions to society, such as clean water from the faucet, safe roads and bridges, and remediation of a contaminated site.

One winner described engineers as the curious ones “who are not satisfied with turning on the faucet and having clean water; we want to know how it got there and why it’s clean.” 

Many said they are passionate about helping people and preserving the environment. “Engineers literally have the power to change the word for the better, and I absolutely want to be a part of that,” said an applicant.

They have demonstrated leadership and volunteered in their schools and communities.

Career Opportunities

For more information about career opportunities, visit MSA Careers.


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