ACI Accepting 2022-23 Scholarship Applications

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021


The American Concrete Institute’s ACI Foundation has announced that it is now accepting fellowship and scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic school year.

Four new fellowships and two new scholarships have been added, bringing the total of annual awards available up to 32.

New awards include:

  • Burg-Coleman Iowa State ‘77 ACI Fellowship;
  • Nicholas F. Maloof, Jr. ACI Georgia Chapter Fellowship;
  • Robert F. Mast Memorial Fellowship;
  • S. P. Shah Fellowship;
  • Master Builders Solutions Concrete Materials Scholarship; and
  • Nick Bada - ACI Ontario Chapter Graduate Scholarship.

The fellowships are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a concrete-related degree or program at an American or Canadian institution of higher education, or applicable countries related to the ACI Foundation Middle East & North Africa Fellowship.

Among other requirements, students must obtain two endorsements with one of the endorsements being from an ACI member. Each ACI Foundation scholarship includes an educational stipend of $5,000 and recognition in Concrete International and on the ACI Foundation’s website and social media.

Fellowships aim to provide the following benefits:

  • An educational stipend of $10,000 or $15,000;
  • Airfare, hotel, travel stipend and registration to attend two ACI Concrete Conventions (travel contingent upon state and country laws);
  • Assignment to a mentor;
  • An internship, if required; and
  • Recognition at ACI Concrete Conventions, in Concrete International, and on ACI Foundation’s website and social media.

“The purpose of the ACI Foundation’s student fellowship and scholarship program is to identify, attract, and develop outstanding professionals for future careers in the concrete industry. For the 2021-22 academic year, the ACI Foundation distributed over $180,000 in tuition assistance to 22 deserving students through the support of ACI, ACI chapters, generous donors, and industry partners,” ACI said in its press release.

“The ACI Foundation believes attracting students to the concrete industry provides both excellent career opportunities for students and helps to secure a bright future for the concrete industry. These fellowships and scholarships showcase the ACI Foundation’s goals of investing in people and the future of the industry.”

The deadline for this application period is Nov. 2, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Mandatory internships would occur during the summer of 2022 and the full award cycle covers the 2022 fall semester through the 2023 spring semester. Additional application details are available here.

Recent Funding Push

In April, ACI announced that it had reached its $1 million fundraising goal for the ACI Foundation. Jeffrey W. Coleman, President of ACI, announced the challenge to raise $1 million in October 2020.

“Due to the generosity of ACI members and chapters, we have not only reached the goal, we have exceeded it,” stated Coleman. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to all who contributed, and notably our major donors, who I thank for making contributions: a donation in honor of ACI Past President Robert Mast, the ACI Carolinas Chapter, Surendra P. Shah and his students and supporters, Master Builders Solutions, the estate of William Maloney, the ACI Greater Miami Valley Chapter, the ACI Ontario Chapter, Georgia ACI Chapter, New Jersey ACI Chapter, and AOE. I also thank the ACI Board of Direction and ACI for continued support of the Foundation. A special thank you goes to ACI Past President Dan Baker who moved us over the million-dollar line."

“I am excited and encouraged to see such growth in the ACI Foundation as our longstanding supporters and new donors came together this past year,” said Ann M. Masek, Executive Director, ACI Foundation. “Our programs can provide more progress and benefits to students, research, and technology. The advocacy of ACI President Coleman throughout his term and the support of our community demonstrate how together we can make a difference.”

The ACI Foundation aims to promote progress, innovation and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships, and ideas.

For instance, last year, the Foundation’s Concrete Research Council selected eight research projects to receive grants.

Those eight projects included:

  • Calibration of Simplified Creep and Shrinkage Models Developed Using Solidification Theory: principal investigator Brock Hedegaard, University of Minnesota Duluth; co-principal investigator Mija Hubler, University of Colorado, Boulder. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 209 Creep & Shrinkage;
  • Validation of Service Life Prediction for a 28-Year-Old Parking Garage Constructed of Low Permeability Concrete: principal investigator Amanda Bordelon, Utah Valley University; co-principal investigator W. Spencer Guthrie, Brigham Young University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 234 Silica Fume in Concrete; 365 Service Life Prediction;
  • Determination of the Curing Efficiency of Externally and Internally Cured Concrete Using Neutron Radiography: principal investigator Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University; co-principal investigator W. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 213 Lightweight Aggregate & Concrete; 308 Curing Concrete;
  • Full-Scale Testing of a New Double-Beam Coupling Beam with a Simplistic Reinforcing Layout: principal investigator Shih-Ho Chao, University of Texas at Arlington. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions;
  • Assessing ACI 318 Using Data from the 2015 and 2019 E-Defense 10-Story, Full-Scale Building Tests: principal investigator John Wallace, University of California, Los Angeles. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions; 369 Seismic Repair/Retrofit;
  • Behavior and Design of Concrete Structures under Natural Fires: principal investigator Thomas Gernay, The Johns Hopkins University; co-principal investigator Patrick Bamonte, Politecnico di Milano. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 216 Fire Resistance and Fire Protection;
  • Reliability Evaluation of ACI 318 Strength Reduction Factor for One-Way Shear: principal investigator Robert Barnes, Auburn University; co-principal investigator Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318E Section and Member Strength; and
  • Durability of Anchorage Pour-backs: Evaluating the Link between Surface Preparation and Bond: principal investigator Natassia Brenkus, The Ohio State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 301-I Specifications for Post-Tensioned Concrete.
   

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