In order to assist worthy students pursuing careers in engineering or land surveying, the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland awards four scholarships. Three scholarships, sponsored by ACEC/MD, go to selected students majoring in either civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, or surveying, attending an accredited college or university. The fourth scholarship, the William R. Kahl Scholarship, sponsored by long-time member firm RK&K, LLP, is awarded to the top ranked civil engineering student in the competition.
2019 Scholarship Winners
Kyrsten Dallanegra will be entering her junior year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VT) in the fall of 2019, where she is pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering preparing for her goal of becoming an engineer and naval officer.
At VT, Kyrsten was ranked #1 of 97 freshman in the Navy Battalion for fall 2017 and #2 for spring 2018, achieved the Dean’s List with Distinction and Commandant’s List in Corps of Cadets, and was the recipient of the American Legion ROTC Military Excellence Award. She also served as Fireteam Leader in Corps of Cadets, Company Chaplain, Navy Squad Leader, Valor Community Group Leader and was selected to the Global Scholars Program.
A resident of Annapolis, MD with a very impressive 3.78 GPA, over the summer Kyrsten works at the Naval Academy Business Services Division, after previously being a tennis instructor.
A resident of Reisterstown, MD, Tyler DuBose will be entering his senior year at the University of Delaware in the fall of 2019 pursuing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He currently possesses a solid 3.35 GPA and is enrolled in the Honors College.
At Delaware, he is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and serves as Geowall treasurer. This past summer he worked at Potts and Callahan using software to create bids.
Jordan Staley will be entering his senior year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VT) in the fall of 2019 pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. He possesses an overall 3.1 GPA with a strong 3.96 GPA in his major.
A resident of Bethesda, MD, Jordan previously worked part-time as a Management Analyst at Innovative Technology Partnerships. He is a member of the ASCE VT Student Chapter and previously graduated from VT with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 after working in the healthcare field for two years.
2019 William R. Kahl Scholarship Winner
Awoenam Mauna-Woanya is the top student in ACEC/MD’s Scholarship Competition and the recipient of the 2019 William R. Kahl Scholarship Award, which recognizes the top civil engineering student.
Entering her senior year at the Johns Hopkins University in the fall of 2019 pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering and minoring in Engineering for Sustainable Development, Awoenam has an impressive 3.6 GPA. A resident of Perry Hall, MD, she worked at the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) over the summer streamlining and facilitating outreach and “in-reach” efforts between MTA and the Baltimore community. She previously worked part-time at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern and the Black Church Food Security Network.
At Johns Hopkins, Awoenam has also served as corresponding secretary for the JHU American Society of Civil Engineers, Pre-College Initiative Chair of the JHU National Society of Black Engineers and Vice President of the Intervarsity at Hopkins (Christian Fellowship).