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The research arm of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships to 97 students in 48 states and the District of Columbia this year.

The scholarships, funded by the nation’s engineering industry, aim to make engineering careers more accessible and address the workforce shortage.

Donors include the ACEC College of Fellows, ACEC Coalition of Professional Surveyors, ACEC Coalition of American Structural Engineers, and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Mike Carragher, chair of the ACEC Research Institute, emphasized the importance of these scholarships in encouraging the next generation of engineers.

“The ACEC Research Institute is committed to supporting students who are passionate about engineering but may face financial challenges. By providing these scholarships, we are investing in the future of our profession and ensuring that talented individuals are empowered to pursue their dreams.”

The scholarships are awarded to diverse students demonstrating academic excellence, financial need, and dedication to engineering.

This initiative is part of the ACEC Research Institute’s broader effort to address the current shortage of engineers needed to solve complex challenges.

“Engineering is at the heart of solving many of today’s most pressing challenges,” Carragher continued. “By making engineering education more accessible, we are helping individual students and strengthening the entire industry, ensuring a robust pipeline of skilled engineers ready to tackle tomorrow’s complex issues.”

These students will help grow the cadre of engineers working daily to design infrastructure that makes transportation safer, create solutions to improve our environment, and design buildings that reduce our impact on the climate now and in the future.

The ACEC Research Institute’s scholarship program is just one of many initiatives to support the engineering community. Through original research, economic analysis, and thought leadership, the Institute is dedicated to advancing the engineering profession and promoting its critical role in society.

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