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DFI Educational Trust awards Women in Deep Foundations Professional Development Grants

News | August 24, 2023 | By:

DFI Educational Trust has awarded five Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Professional Development Grants of $1,750 each to women working in the deep foundations industry.

The grants will be presented during the annual conference at the Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) 7th annual networking event on Tuesday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The recipients are invited to attend DFI’s 48th Annual Conference in Seattle, October 31-November 3.

The recipients are:

Morgan Berger, geotechnical specialist, American Geotechnical and Environmental Services

Betania Karim, geostructural engineer, GEI Consultants

Izabelle Tomko, design engineer, Menard USA

Kassandra Kromish, project engineer, Keller

Ashley Peay, geotechnical foundation and shoring project manager/estimator, WW Clyde

The WiDF Committee is comprised of women and men who are advocates for retaining women in the deep foundations industry. The goal of the committee is to foster greater success and interest of professional women in the industry by promoting networking events, endorsing outreach and building mentoring relationships.

The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundations industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundations industry leaders. To register for the reception or to sponsor the event, visit

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