Donor Spotlight

Better Together for Ten Years 

Stantec takes pride in our long history serving the communities where we live and work. Our commitment to our communities goes beyond our day to day work inside office walls and on project sites. It is important for us to provide support to strengthen the organizations we work with all over the world.

One of the most pressing needs in higher education is funding for scholarships. Scholarships allow deserving students to attain their educational goals, meet their professional objectives, and succeed to their fullest ability. 

To commemorate Stantec’s 10th year participating in American Water Works Association’s Scholarship Program, we are increasing our annual donation to $10,000 in 2020. This engineering scholarship represents Stantec’s values to encourage and develop the next generation of water industry leaders.

Kyle Gerlach, featured in the photo, is the 2019 recipient of the Stantec AWWA Scholarship and is working on a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Kyle was selected based on the practicality of his research and its direct path to deployment in the field. His work focuses on bench scale testing and water quality parameter analysis to assess the use of potassium ferrate as an oxidant for the treatment of harmful algal blooms.


Stantec is excited to continue our support, alongside AWWA, for students pursuing their degrees and futures in the Water Science field. 

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Opening Doors, Creating Solutions

Gannett Fleming Deploys a Combination of Programs to Reach Young Professionals 

By Michael Brown, PE, Vice President, Gannett Fleming 

Sarah Ehrman, a Gannett Fleming water/wastewater designer and former intern, observes installation of rebar during construction.

There is a simple but jarring truth that underpins the importance of outreach to the next generation of water professionals: without them, life as we know it is at risk.

We are at a critical crossroads of aging infrastructure, water scarcity, workforce uncertainty and the technological changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our collective success depends on the diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences of our employees, so I encourage all Service Provider members to consider offering scholarships and internships.

Gannett Fleming is proud to sponsor an annual $5,000 AWWA scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate student in engineering, project management or information technology.

Gannett Fleming also sponsors inclusion scholarships and internships for traditionally underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math. For these programs, we work with historically black colleges and universities as well as schools that graduate a high rate of female engineering students. 

A scholarship through my university brought me to Gannett Fleming for an internship, which was truly a turning point for me,” said Sarah Ehrman, a water/wastewater designer. “My internship experiences helped me realize what I did—and did not—want to do with my career. I was encouraged to ask questions and gain valuable experience in a variety of specialties.

Sarah is a member of AWWA and Pennsylvania AWWA, where she serves on the Young Professionals Committee. “These programs create opportunities that benefit both the intern and the company,” she said. “I encourage everyone to either sponsor or apply for a scholarship and parlay that into internship experience. It’s so different than what we learn in a classroom, and that real-world exposure is important for recruitment and retention.

In addition to Gannett Fleming’s scholarship and internship programs, our construction management team has found success in an apprenticeship program that brings in employees who fit our corporate culture but don’t yet have technical skills. Apprentices start as full-time employees with benefits and undergo on-the-job training and certifications.

Today’s scholarship winners, interns and apprentices will solve the most pressing infrastructure issues and become tomorrow’s leaders. And you may not have to go further than within your own walls to prove it: Gannett Fleming’s current president and chief operating officer, Paul Nowicki, PE, started with our firm 35 years ago . . . as an intern. 

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Jacobs helps fund the future of water

Investing in our future water leaders is something that Jacobs believes strongly in, which is why the company has supported the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its annual scholarship program for nearly three decades, donating more than $150,000 to help graduate students. 2020 will mark the 30th year of the Holly A. Cornell Scholarship—a scholarship that was established in 1990 to honor one of CH2M’s founders Holly A. Cornell and his legacy to the water industry.

“As leaders in the water industry we’re committed to helping future generations make a positive difference in our world. By sponsoring the Holly Cornell Scholarship, we can make a direct impact on an individual’s ability to do just that,” said Russell Ford, Jacobs Global Water Solutions Director and scholarship champion. We like to think of it as our resiliency planning -- making sure we’re preparing for the future by supporting and inspiring more of our youth to pursue engineering degrees.”

Jacobs’ most recent Holly Cornell Scholarship winner Samantha McVety was announced during the ACE19 conference in Denver.

“Samantha McVety stood out as an outstanding candidate for this special scholarship, and we are honored to play a role in helping her pursue her dream career in context-based data science at Stanford,” added Dr. Ford. “She has already distinguished herself among her peers, and we are excited for all that she will bring to the water sector as she finishes her graduate studies.”

Throughout her educational studies and professional work, Samantha has gained tremendous expertise in the membrane and advanced water treatment sectors and is currently pursuing an Environmental Engineering M.S. to expand both her technical knowledge and business fundamentals at Stanford University. 

After working in the consulting world, Samantha learned that taking an academic information discovery approach to solving problems led to better results; and rather than starting with a problem to solve, designing solutions around people and empathy also led to a better outcome. 

This context-based applied data science is Samantha’s passion, and she is excited to focus her career on this after gaining a strong foundation in both engineering and data science in her pursuit of a co-terminal degree in Environmental Engineering and Computational Mathematics and Modeling.

The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship is part of AWWA’s annual scholarship program and is awarded annually to a recipient selected by the AWWA University Student Activities Committee. The $7,500 grant was created to support a female and/or minority student pursuing graduate studies in the field of water supply and treatment. Samantha is the 28th student to receive the Holly A. Cornell Scholarship.

Jacobs has five current employees who are former Holly Cornell Scholarship recipients:

Kim Haines Ervin - 1993

Carolina Mendez - 2009

Amy Gao - 2010

Jennifer Liggett - 2014

Nora Sadik - 2015

“Winning the Holly Cornell Scholarship was a great honor and provided much appreciated funding for graduate school, but the greatest benefit was the connection to CH2M HILL that has resulted in a fun and fulfilling career in water,” said Kim Ervin, 1993 Holly Cornell Scholarship recipient and current US West Regional Solutions Lead, Water.

Article contributed by Jacobs