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ACEC Research Institute Awards Engineering Scholarships

July 8, 2024
Some $700,000 will be granted this year to 97 engineering students across the U.S.


Washington, DC, July 8 – The ACEC Research Institute is proud to announce that it has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships to 97 students in 48 states and the District of Columbia this year in partnership with its generous donors. The scholarships aim to make engineering careers more accessible to students and address the engineering workforce shortage facing the industry. 


Donors making the scholarships possible were:  

  • a/e ProNet; 
  • ACEC College of Fellows;
  • ACEC Coalition of Professional Surveyors (COPS);
  • ACEC Coalition of American Structural Engineers (CASE);
  • IMEG;
  • JA Watts, Inc.;
  • Kimley-Horn;
  • Morrissey Goodale;
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES);
  • POWER Engineers;
  • Stanley Consultants, Inc.


Mike Carragher, chair of the ACEC Research Institute, highlighted 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 given to a diverse group of students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and a dedication to the field of engineering. This initiative is part of the ACEC Research Institute’s broader effort to address the current shortage of engineers that are critically 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 not only helping individual students but also strengthening the entire industry. These scholarships will help ensure that we have a robust pipeline of skilled engineers ready to tackle the complex issues of tomorrow.” 

These students will help grow the cadre of engineers that work every day 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 into the future.   

Skyler Cuff from The University of Wyoming and recipient of the IMEG Scholarship says the scholarship will help him finish school with a new baby on the way and allow him to focus on his studies and his growing family.

“This upcoming school year will be a different one for me as I go into my last year of undergrad," noted Cuff. "My wife and I are expecting our first child in October. With that comes a bunch of new and different challenges, I am beyond grateful that paying for school is not going to be a worry for me this year.” 

The ACEC Research Institute’s scholarship program is just one of many initiatives aimed at supporting 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. 

For more information about the ACEC Research Institute’s scholarship program and other initiatives, please visit the ACEC Research Institute website. 


The ACEC Research Institute is the independent research arm of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)  the business association of the nation’s engineering industry. The ACEC Research Institute’s mission is to deliver knowledge and business strategies that guide and elevate the engineering industry and to be the leading source of knowledge and thought leadership for creating a more sustainable, safe, secure, and technically advanced built environment. 

For more, contact Allison Schneider.

ACEC Research Institute Announces Nearly $700,000 in Engineering Scholarships Granted in 2024