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Terracon Foundation Awards $105,500 in Grants
The Terracon Foundation on July 12 announced it has awarded $105,500 to grant recipients, including $24,000 in scholarship grants to 12 dependents of Terracon employees who are pursuing a four-year degree through a community college, college, or university.
(Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices; it ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record's list of Top 500 Design Firms. The foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and their communities.)
To date, the foundation has distributed more than $1.3 million in grants. "Through the Terracon Foundation, we have been able to support the education of 55 young adults in the last three years," said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. "The scholarships are one facet of our broader commitment to providing financial support for industry-focused higher education at universities across the country."
The foundation also presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- $55,000 to nine universities: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Texas A&M University – San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Texas Tech University – The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Lubbock, Texas; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.; University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.; University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; and University of Utah – Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Salt Lake City.
And it awarded $26,500 in community grants to eight local nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, Inc., Cheyenne, Wyo.; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.; Celeste Henkel Elementary School, Statesville, N.C.; Community Help for Autism Spectrum Everywhere, Olathe, Kansas; Great River Greening, Saint Paul, Minn.; Junior League of Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc., Bradenton, Fla.; and Sustainable Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.