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Gala Dinner To Honor Founders Of ACI Foundation Fellowship Program

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Gala Dinner To Honor Founders Of ACI Foundation Fellowship Program

Farmington Hills, Mich. (February 4, 2014) – The ACI Foundation is pleased to present a "Tribute to the Fellowship Founders," a gala dinner event to acknowledge and thank the founders of the ACI Foundation’s Student Fellowship Program and all who have generously helped fund the ACI Foundation’s scholarships and fellowships.

The Tribute to the Fellowship Founders Dinner, which will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV, during the ACI spring convention, will salute Dan Baker of Baker Concrete Construction, Jim and Sharon Cagley of Cagley & Associates, and Tom Verti of Pankow and the Charles Pankow Foundation, along with many other donors who generously gave resources to endow the program. ACI Past President Kenneth Hover will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies.

“I am honored to have been a part of the Fellowship Program since its inception and I look forward to recognizing and thanking the donors by celebrating the Fellowship Program at the dinner in Reno,” said Debby Orsak, FACI, Chair of the ACI Foundation Scholarship Council. “ACI Past President Dan Baker established the Student Fellowship Program in 2000, with the first three fellowships being awarded for the 2001-2002 school year. In 2006, ACI Past Presidents Jim Cagley and Tom Verti joined the campaign to help achieve Dan’s vision of helping ACI attract ‘the best and brightest’ students into the concrete field, while making corporate contributions to education more meaningful,” she continued.

ACI Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships are promoted globally through the ACI Faculty Network. For the 2013-2014 academic year, 12 awards were presented, totaling $60,000. In the last 10 years, $562,000 has been distributed to 108 students. In addition to generous stipends to cover tuition and educational expenses, many of the Fellowship recipients are provided an industry mentor and travel/expenses so they can participate in two ACI conventions. To date 56 Fellowships have been awarded to outstanding students, the majority who have gone on to work in the concrete industry as engineers, professors, researchers and Presidents/CEOs of their own firms.

More information about attending the Tribute to the Fellowship Founders gala dinner is available on the ACI Convention website at www.ACIConvention.org. Additional information about the ACI Foundation and its Fellowships and Scholarships can be found at www.ACIFoundation.org.


For more information, contact:

Julie Webb

Marketing Communications Specialist




ACI Foundation—Located in Farmington Hills, Mich., the ACI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). The ACI Foundation is designed to receive, administer, and expend funds for educational, research, scientific, and charitable purposes to increase the knowledge and understanding of concrete materials and to support programs that improve concrete design and construction. The ACI Foundation consists of three councils: the Concrete Research Council, the Scholarship Council, and the Strategic Development Council. More information can be found at www.ACIFoundation.org.

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