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.

2020 Scholarship Winners

Gary Charles

Gary Charles will be entering his Senior year at Morgan State University pursuing a degree in Transportation Engineering. A resident of Baltimore, Gary possess a strong 3.4 GPA.

Gary recently worked a part-time job at MDOT as an IT Intern focusing on Contract Management. He previously served as Student Chapter Secretary of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and as a National Society of Leadership and Success member.

Josiah Coleman

Josiah Coleman is entering his senior year at Morgan State University pursuing a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. A resident of Perry Hall, he possesses a solid 3.02 GPA.

Josiah recently worked full-time over the summer at MDOT as a Transportation Intern, where he was involved with quality, procedures, and MDOT-SHA inspections. Previously, he worked full-time as a Test Technician at Logic Data and as an Assembly Intern Engineer. He is an active member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer (IISE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Emily Jimenez

A resident of Catonsville, Emily Jimenez will be entering her Junior year at the University of Delaware in the fall of 2020 majoring in Environmental Engineering. She has a strong 3.20 GPA.

At the University of Delaware Emily was in Tier Two of the Blue Hen Leadership Program, working with a non-profit to help find the best alternative to plastic disposable bags. She is also an active member in the Society of Women in Engineering (SWE), and was also part of the Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE) program that is focused on helping students succeed. Emily also worked part-time at Brightview, interacting with residents and making them feel at home in the facility.

2020 William R. Kahl Scholarship Winner

Amara McKinney

Amara Mckinney is the recipient of the 2020 William R. Kahl Scholarship, which recognizes the top Civil Engineering student in the competition. Entering her Senior year at Morgan State University, Amara has an impressive 3.6 GPA.

A resident of Lorton, Virginia, this past semester, Amara worked two jobs, one full-time in the Academic Enrichment Program and one part-time as a Design Apprenticeship Program Assistant. She hopes to apply her degree to the field of real estate development, focusing on creating sustainable and affordable housing and infrastructure for minority communities.

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