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2020-2021 ACI Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients Announced

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (April 21, 2020) – The ACI Foundation is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 fellowship and scholarship recipients. The ACI Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of ACI that promotes progress, innovation, and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarship, and ideas. 

All Fellowship recipients receive a $10,000 - $15,000 US educational stipend; paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions; and assistance in finding an industry mentor. All Scholarship recipients receive a $5,000 educational stipend.

The ACI Foundation strongly supports students joining the field of concrete – future designers, engineers, construction managers, and contractors – and has provided financial support, and mentorship and internship opportunities in the concrete industry to 175 students in the last decade. 

2020-2021 Fellowship Recipients:

ACI Foundation Concrete Materials Fellowship: Madeleine Murphree, University of Florida

ACI Middle East Fellowship: Siham Al Shanti, United Arab Emirates University

ACI Presidents’ Fellowship: Laura Hernandez-Bassal, University of California, Davis

Baker Student Fellowship: Maya Cottongim, Northwestern University

Barbara S. and W. Calvin McCall Carolinas Fellowship: Jessica Thangjitham, North Carolina State University

Charles Pankow Foundation Student Fellowship: Andrew Witte, Valparaiso University

Daniel W. Falconer Memorial Fellowship: Zachary Coleman, Auburn University

Darrell F. Elliott Louisiana Fellowship: Matthew Upshaw, Louisiana State University

Don Marks Memorial Fellowship: David Orense, University of Florida

Elmer Baker Fellowship: Samuel Carper, University of Cincinnati

Richard D. Stehly Memorial Fellowship: Peyton Bailey, University of Louisiana Lafayette

Tribute to the Founders Fellowship: Nicholas Slavin, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients:

ACI Scholarship: Zachary Haney, Illinois Institute of Technology

ACI Scholarship: Joseph O’campo, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bertold E. Weinberg Scholarship: Erinn McArtor, Oklahoma State University

Katharine & Bryant Mather Scholarship: Daniel Ibarra Davila, Instituto Technologico y de Estusdios Superiores De Monterrey (ITESM)  – Mexico

Richard D. Stehly Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin Steger, University of Missouri – Columbia

Schwing America Scholarship: Daniel Peabody, Middle Tennessee State University

Stewart C. Watson Memorial Scholarship: Michael Choma, Cleveland State University

W. Gene Corley Scholarship: Thomas Vachon, University of Saskatchewan

The online application process for the ACI Foundation’s 2021-2022 Fellowships and Scholarships will open on July 1st, 2020.

ACI Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship awards are made possible through generous contributions by donors from the concrete community. Together, the Foundation and its supporters are strengthening the concrete industry by encouraging students to a professional career in the field of concrete. The ACI Foundation is leading the way to ensure a sustainable, successful future of the concrete industry by intentional and focused investments in people, research and technology.  More information about each fellowship and scholarship is available at acifoundation.org.


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The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated non-profit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation; the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Webb
American Concrete Institute

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