2016 Scholarships

A&G Consultants, Inc. is a consulting engineering company specializing in ventilation and fire life safety in tunnels. The firm was founded in 2004 by Art Bendelius who serves as its Principal Consultant and President.  Art is a registered professional mechanical engineer who graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology and worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. for 44 years where he was a Senior Vice President and Technical Director.  Art is a past president and Life Member of the Georgia Engineering Foundation. This year is the seventh year of the A & G Consultants Scholarship.

A&G Consultants Web Site:


American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia / R. Berl Elder Memorial Scholarship
ACEC Georgia
is an association of over 200 private sector engineering firms with total employment of approximately 6,000 people in Georgia.  While other societies represent the technical/professional interests of engineering disciplines, the primary focus of ACEC Georgia is the business interests of its member firms.   ACEC Georgia is actively engaged in educational programs, legislative advocacy, and creating a business environment that allows member firms to prosper.  The ACEC Georgia scholarship was originally established to honor the second President of the organization.  Over the years many generous gifts by consulting engineers have been made to endow these scholarships.  Mr. Peter Giles founded the scholarship and served as the Chair of the Trustees for many years.  Most of the assets in the endowment are due to his generosity, including a $50,000 bequest at the time of his death in the year 2000.  Scholarship recipients for the ACEC Georgia scholarships need to have been employed in an ACEC Georgia member firm within the previous year.

ACEC Georgia Chapter Web site is: http://www.acecga.org/

ACEC National Organization Web site: http://www.acec.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers- Georgia Section Scholarships
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents close to 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwid and is American's oldest national engineering society.  Founded in 1852, ASCE
strongly supports the proactive inclusion of talented civil engineers from diverse backgrounds and values their unique contributions, skill sets and broad professional experiences. In addition, ASCE's pre-college outreach programs provide engaging, hands on introductions to civil engineering for age groups ranging from preschool to high school. These collaborative efforts advance national science, technology, engineering and mathematics standards.

ASCE Georgia Section Web Site: http://www.ascega.org/

ASCE National Organization Web Site: http://www.asce.org/

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers – Atlanta Chapter, George B. Hightower Memorial Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers – Atlanta Chapter (ASHRAE) is an international membership organization for the purpose of advancing the arts and science of heating, refrigeration and ventilation, the allied arts and sciences, and the related human factors.  Founded in 1954, ASHRAE sponsors research, develops standards for the industry, publishes technical and scientific data, and sponsors conferences and other educational activities in its professional area.  The Atlanta Chapter of ASHRAE has funded the George B. Hightower Scholarship through the GEF since 1985.  Mr. Hightower was a long time active member as a Fellow of ASHRAE and a GEF Past President and Medal of Honor recipient.  The scholarship is targeted to a student active in the ASHRAE and who has shown an interest in the heating, refrigeration and ventilation industry.

ASHRAE Web Site: http://www.ashraeatlanta.org/

Applied Technical Services, Inc. Scholarship

Applied Technical Services, Inc. (ATS) is a consulting engineering firm specializing in metallurgy and materials testing, chemical analysis, accelerated environmental testing, nondestructive testing, forensic engineering, fire and explosion investigations and calibration services. All of the company’s tests are performed in accordance with an ISO 9001 Registered Quality Assurance Program which satisfies nuclear, military aerospace and commercial requirements. Applied Technical Services of Marietta is led by Mr. Jim Hills, President and son of its founder.   ATS has proudly sponsored two scholarships per year since 1999.

ATS Website: http://www.atslab.com/

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering Scholarship

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1956 to further the educational and technical interests of cost engineers. AACE International has formalized the application of engineering judgment and scientific principles to cost estimating, cost control, business planning, management science, profitability analysis and project management.  AACE International also sponsors conferences, seminars, specialty engineering certification, student scholarships and other educational activities.  This Scholarship is sponsored by the local AACE Atlanta Area Section (Chapter). 

AACE Atlanta Area Section Website:


AACE International Website:          http://www.aacei.org

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a national trade association that stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel reinforced concrete construction.  CRSI Industry members include manufacturers, fabricators, and placers of reinforcing bars and related products.  CRSI's professional members are involved in the research, design and construction of reinforced concrete.  Together, they form a complete network of industry information and support.

CRSI Web Site:  http://www.crsi.org/

Dan Duwell Memorial Scholarship
The GEF Life Member Committee and Mrs. Sarah Duwell are proud to honor the memory of Life Member Dan Duwell by awarding the Dan Duwell Memorial Scholarship that will be presented to a student studying Mechanical Engineering.  Dan was an active member and leader of the Georgia Engineering Foundation for over 30 years.  He served as Treasurer from 1990 to 1997 and then as President in 1997 and 1998.  In recent years he continued to participate in the Foundation’s Board of Directors meetings as a Life Member until his passing in 2010.  Dan was staunchly committed to the support of programs that he felt would enhance the position of the engineering profession in the eyes of young students within the State of Georgia.  He established an endowment through the Georgia Engineering Foundation to support secondary school programs that encouraged students to pursue engineering careers. He also kept a watchful eye on the Foundation’s finances as a past treasurer.  Dan was also extremely active in the Georgia engineering community serving both the Atlanta Metro Chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

David L. Smith Scholarship Fund

The David L. Smith Scholarship Fund was endowed by a gift from Mr. David Smith and his wife, Elberta, in 1988. Mr. Smith, a 1950 Electrical Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972.  While in the Air Force he served in engineering assignments on communication, electronics and command & control projects. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  Returning to Atlanta in 1974, he was employed by Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor on the MARTA Project. He was a Professional Engineer, a Life Senior Member of IEEE and an Honorary Director of GEF. He worked on the GEF Scholarship Committee and served as its chairman for seven years. Mr. Smith died in 1994 and Mrs. Smith in 2009.  This endowed scholarship is awarded annually in their memory.

Doris Lavoie Memorial Scholarship – GSPE Auxiliary Fund

Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE) is the leading state organization that promotes the engineering profession to protect public health, safety and welfare.  GSPE includes engineering professionals from all disciplines and promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members.  The late Mrs. Doris Lavoie, wife of Mr. George Lavoie, PE, was an active leader in the GSPE Auxiliary until her death in 1984.  She was President of the Sandy Springs Auxiliary in 1981-82, the Georgia State Auxiliary President in 1975-76 and Southeastern Region Chairperson in 1976-77.  Mrs. Lavoie led the ladies of the auxiliary as they diligently raised the money that became the GSPE Auxiliary Fund that now carries her name.

GSPE Website: http://www.gspe.org/

National Society Website: http://www.nspe.org


GEF Honorary Director Scholarship

There have been a select few firms and individuals over the years that have shown a willingness to consistently support the Foundation's efforts. Some were members and some not. All were responsible citizens and leaders within their realm of influence, be it business, individually, and / or their chosen profession. In addition to spending their time in support of the Foundation, these various honorary directors have generously contributed funds with the goal of creating a self-perpetuating endowment. This was finally achieved in 2001. The Honorary Directors Scholarship will be awarded again this year.


GEF Life Members Anthony L. Tilmans Memorial Scholarship

Life Members are the Past Presidents of the Georgia Engineering Foundation.  Of its thirty-seven Past Presidents, twenty-seven are living and several are still actively involved with the Foundation.  The Foundation Board elected to name one of the life member scholarships the Anthony L. Tilmans Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former Dean of Engineering Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University and 1997 GEF president.  These scholarships serve to honor all of the presidents who faithfully served the Foundation, as well as generously contribute to create these legacies.



GEF Life Member Scholarship

Life Members are the Past Presidents of the Georgia Engineering Foundation.  Of its thirty-seven Past Presidents, twenty-seven are living and several are still actively involved with the Foundation.  These scholarships serve to honor all of the presidents who faithfully served the Foundation, as well as generously contribute to create these legacies.   

GEF Website: http://www.gefinc.org/ 


GeoRay, Inc./ASCE Scholarship

GeoRay, Inc. provides engineering, surveying and consulting services for civil engineering and infrastructure projects. Their professionals have served a broad mix of clients in the private and public sectors, including: owners, engineers, architects, developers, contractors, local government, construction managers, and program managers.   Their knowledge of local development regulations, stormwater management, state erosion control laws and Georgia’s NPDES General Permit requirements is well respected by GeoRay's clients. 

Americal Soiciety of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members come from all disciplines of civil engineering, from all types of backgrounds, and from all corners of the world. With benefits geared to meet the high standards of the profession and keep its members on the cutting edge of industry technology, ASCE satisfies the needs of its members at every stage of their career. 

The funds for the GeoRay, Inc./ASCE Scholarship are provided jointly by GeoRay, Inc. and the Georgia Section of ASCE. 

ASCE Georgia Section Website       http://www.ascega.org/

George W. Bankston Memorial Fund

The George W. Bankston Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Mrs. Johnnymae Bankston Sampson in memory of her husband, Mr. George Bankston who was a 1951 Georgia Institute of Technology graduate. Following his high school graduation as an honor student from Macon, Georgia, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He served with honor at home and abroad during World War II. After the war, he enrolled and graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering. He was employed by Dow Chemical Company at its’ Freeport, Texas facility. At Dow, he participated in the design of processing and manufacturing equipment for numerous chemicals. Later his expertise was directed toward marine transportation storage and handling of chemicals.  A registered Professional Engineer, George was active in his church and community.  Mr. Bankston died in 1991, and Johnnymae Bankston Sampson died in 2002.


The Georgia Power Engineering Association Scholarship
The Georgia Power Engineering Association (GPEA)
, was founded in 1956 and is the professional society of active and retired engineers employed by Georgia Power Company and Southern Company Services.  The objective of the organization is to provide a medium for the exchange of technical information related to the Company’s engineering activities and is open to all engineering disciplines. GPEA is responsible for the selection of Georgia Power’s “Engineer of the Year” as well as “Lifetime Achievement” recipient.  As a member and proponent of the Foundation, GPEA has sponsored a GEF scholarship every year since 1980.    

Georgia Power Website:       http://www.georgiapower.com/

Geosyntec Consultants Scholarship
Geosyntec Consultants
, founded in 1983, provides specialized consulting engineering and science services throughout the United States and internationally.  With more than 80 offices in the U.S. and select international locations, Geosyntec engineers and scientists are known for their technology leadership and practice innovation in the areas of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, contaminated site assessment and remediation, groundwater assessment and remediation, risk assessment and toxicology, urban storm water management, water and natural resources management, solid waste disposal facility permitting and design, and environmental biotechnology.  Our goal is to provide the best possible service and value to our clients, to advance technology in our primary practice areas, and to provide a stimulating, progressive, and friendly work environment for a great team of committed professionals.   

Geosyntec Consultants Website:     http://www.geosyntec.com/

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Atlanta Section Scholarships
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) is an international organization of over 415,000 members in fields related to electrical and electronics engineering (including nearly 90,000 students) in more than 160 countries.  IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. The IEEE produces 30% of the world’s published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds more than 900 major conferences annually and has nearly 900 active standards with 400 under development.  IEEE Atlanta section serves 4500 members and 900 students in the northern half of Georgia.  The funds for three annual scholarships are provided by the Atlanta Section of IEEE.

IEEE Website:     http://sites.ieee.org/atlanta-ias/

The Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in memory of Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien by her husband John D. Prien, Jr., PE, JD, a Life Member of GEF, to preserve her long standing desire to aid the education of young people.  She was a Life Member of a highly-regarded women's organization, P E O, (Philanthropic Educational Organization) that was founded in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1869 by five college girls who wanted to create an entirely different sorority, one based principally on educating young women.  Joanne was also a Past President of the Auxiliary to the National Society of Professional Engineers and was most proud of the fact that her father, her husband and her son, are all Engineers!

Kenneth G. Taylor, P.E. Scholarship
Mr. Kenneth G. Taylor, P.E. is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He is a Past President and Life Member of the Georgia Engineering Foundation. Ken is a retired Director and Past President of Simons-Eastern Consultants, Inc. and is known internationally for his work in the pulp and paper industry. During WW II, he served as a Captain in the Corps of Engineers, constructing airfields in the Pacific Theater.  Mr. Taylor has been active in GSPE and NSPE, having served as President of the DeKaIb Chapter, GSPE State President and on numerous GSPE and NSPE committees. Among the several awards during his career, Ken received the GEF Medal of Honor in 1988 for exemplary service to his profession and community. He has been extensively involved for many years with Georgia Tech's Pulp and Paper Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Program and Foundation, as well as serving on the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Board of Trustees.  Ken serves the Foundation on the Life Member Committee and is currently an Honorary Director.

Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Consultants Scholarship

Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Consultants (MATC) us a joint venture of AECOM, Williams-Russell and Johnson, and Atkins.  MATC proudly serves the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as their General Engineering Consultant.  MATC provides MARTA with a resource that combines significant local professional knowledge with national and international transit expertise.

Paul Weber Scholarship
The Paul Weber Scholarship is given in honor and memory of Dr. Paul Weber who joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1927. During his years at Tech, he served as Professor and Director of the School of Chemical Engineering, Dean of Faculties, Vice President for Planning, and for more than 18 months in 1956-57, he was acting President. He was President of the Atlanta Chapter of GSPE and Chairman of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.  The Paul Weber Scholarship Fund was started in 1977 with funds contributed by several of his friends and former students. Later, Dr. Weber made a substantial addition to the Fund from his personal savings, prior to his death in 1983.

Pond & Company Scholarship 

Pond & Company, founded in 1965, is a full service architecture and consulting engineering firm providing architecture, landscape architecture, planning, civil, aviation, transportation, structural, mechanical, fire protection and electrical engineering, as well as construction and construction management services to government, corporate and private sector clients throughout the world.  Pond has been ranked among the “Top 25 Engineering Firms” for the past ten years by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and as one of the industry’s “Best Places to Work” for the past two years by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Zweig White.  Pond is pleased to help Georgia Engineering Foundation and future engineers in pursuit of their goals with this scholarship. 

Pond & Company Website:    http://pondco.com/

Rogers, Dusenbury, Wylder (RDW)

Scholarship Fund
The RDW Fund was created by Lyn and John Wylder to honor a family of engineers.  Joseph Rogers, PE, was registered as a municipal engineer in 1923 in the state of New Jersey.  The owner of a small contracting firm that built bridges, it was said that if the bridges he built failed on the day of his death, no one would be able to move in the state. Millard Dusenbury, his son-in-law, received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1940.  He worked for Hercules, Inc. for 42 years and received numerous patents for his research in pine resin technologies.  Millard’s son , Joseph Dusenbury, has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.  He works for Lockheed, Inc. and is working with Stanford University and NASA to prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Carolyn (Lyn) Wylder, PE, Millard’s daughter, has an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Lyn’s career has been in public transit design and construction, and she is currently employed by David Evans & Associates.  She is a Past-President of the Georgia Engineering Foundation serving her term in 2001. The RDW Fund Scholarship has been awarded since its inception in 2000.


Simons Environmental Scholarship 

Simons Environmental Scholarship was established in the 80s by the Simons Family Foundation.  The Simons Family Foundation sought to foster engineering endeavors that benefit the Earth and the Environment.  The Foundation established the endowment that still provides this scholarship annually to worthy Georgia engineering students with career plans in Environmental Engineering.

Society of American Military Engineers – Atlanta Post

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is an organization of civilian and military engineers who are dedicated to advancing the knowledge of Military engineering and to increasing the engineering potential of the country in support of national defense was founded in 1920.  The Atlanta Post of SAME is quite active and has provided funds for scholarships each year since 1978. This is the seventh year that eight scholarships are being given by SAME.  The Frank D. Parker Georgia Tech Scholarship is given in memory of a long-time member of SAME and past GEF President.  The Larry Jones Southern Polytechnic State University Scholarship is given in memory of Mr. Larry Jones who served the Atlanta Post for many years as Secretary.

SAME – Atlanta Post Website:        http://sameatlantapost.org/

Steven DeLaTorre Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Steve DeLaTorre graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering. At Florida, he was captain of the football team and chosen to be an All-American.  He was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both the University of Florida and Miami High School.  Mr. DeLaTorre graduated from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Business and started his international adventures in the pulp and paper industry in India, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, the USA and finally Chile.  He was employed almost eleven years by Simons Engineering, now known as AMEC. Mr. DeLaTorre was president of GEF.  He was very active in its scholarship program, knowing that it was a scholarship to the University of Florida that opened up his world of engineering.  The scholarship is given in memory and loving tribute by his wife, Mrs. Pat DeLaTorre.


United Consulting Scholarship
United Consulting
specializes in the earth sciences, environmental sciences, due-diligence evaluations and testing services for the built environment.  These services are provided from our offices throughout the Southeast, including; our metro Atlanta headquarters, Savannah, Birmingham, AL., and Columbia, S.C. offices.  United Consulting has worked on thousands of projects, including the Fifth Runway Bridge over Interstate 1-285 and the Automated People Mover at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport.  Mr. Don Hill, P.E., Chief Engineer and Chairman of the Board, was a Past President of American Council of Engineering Companies/Georgia (ACEC/G) and was named as the ACEC Engineer of the Year in 1999.  Under the leadership of Mr. Reza Abree, P.E., United Consulting has grown steadily to over 100 employees in its 22-year history. 

 United Consulting Website:


Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC Scholarship

Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC’s (WWHG&D) national civil litigation practice is committed to the resolution of construction cases of every kind and has successfully dealt with the entire spectrum of construction projects and problems, including federal buildings, power plants, hospitals, schools, highways, prison buildings, airports, major earthen dam projects, and condominium/apartment construction.  WWHG&D represents nearly every kind of construction client – including general contractors, engineers, owners, sureties, insurers, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and others.  Their practice covers all aspects of the construction business, including contract drafting/negotiation, procurement advice, bid disputes/protests, contract disputes, claims, insurance coverage, construction defects, and bodily injury and property damage cases.

WWHG&D’s Website:            http://www.wwhgd.com/



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