DFI Educational Trust awards scholarships to engineering students

June 5th, 2018 / By: / Awards, Industry News

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust recently awarded several scholarships to civil engineering students focusing on geotechnical and/or environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DFI said in a June 5, 2015, press release.

The 2018 recipients of the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship were University of Illinois students Elisabeth Tarpey, Jessica Silva and Nathaniel Zipperich. The scholarship is named in memory of Charles J. Berkel, chairman of the board of Berkel & Company Contractors Inc. and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Berkel generously committed $1 million to the DFI Educational Trust to create this scholarship endowment fund. The fund gives $12,500 annually each to students at four universities: University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois, Auburn University and the University of Houston.

DFI Educational Trust board member Rudy Frizzi (center) of Langan presents the 2018 Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship to Elisabeth Tarpey (left) and Jessica Silva (right). Photograph courtesy of DFI

The 2018 recipient of the Dennis J. Leary Memorial Scholarship was University of Illinois student Kent Eng. The scholarship is named for Dennis J. Leary, a partner at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship is part of the trust’s Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Legacy Fund, which was established in 2015 with a $200,000 donation from Langan and an additional contribution of more than $100,000 generously made by many principals of Langan.

Rudy Frizzi of Langan and a DFI Educational Trust board member presented the scholarship awards on behalf of the trust and Langan.

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