2022 Scholarship Recipients

 2022 RECIPIENTS   |  2021 2020   |  2019   |  SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS  

Thank you to the generous donors of the WA Chapter that fund the higher education scholarships.

Each year the Washington Chapter raises funds to provide scholarships for deserving students who are intending to enter the public works fields after graduation. The string of pandemic bad luck continued to plague the Golf Tournament with a spring snowstorm that forced the last minute cancellation of the tournament in Vancouver.  The Scholarship and Golf Committees rallied with some creative problem solving. The golf committee asked golfers if they would consider donating their registrations to the scholarship fund and many golfers participated! In addition, the committees used donated sporting event tickets to create a successful raffle at the Conference Wednesday night social.  These spring fundraisers along with the cowboy hat sales and a successful tournament at the fall conference (finally!) helped raise $6,200 for the scholarship program in 2022.

Please donate today for towards scholarships at >> APWA Scholarship

Jack Pittis Memorial Scholarship (4-year college / university)
Amount Awarded: $7,500

Dominica 2022 Scholarship Winner

Dominica Gachet

Washington State University

A Senior at the Washington State University, Dominica is a civil engineering student who intends to focus on composite materials for use in earthquake resistant construction. A first generation college student, Dominica emigrated from Ecuador and was disappointed to learn that her previous college credits would not transfer. Forced to start over at freshman level classes, Dominica has persevered and excelled. She has also continued to volunteer with Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the WSU Engineers Without Borders (EWB) club, and tutoring in a variety of capacities and organizations.

When asked about her choice of degree, Dominica spoke about the global challenges that engineers can assist with.

"One significant challenge we are currently facing and will continue to face for at least the next 10 years, is unattainable housing. As a civil engineer with a focus on structures, I am interested in the infrastructural development of cities. For the past year, I have been on the research team at Washington State University at the Composite Materials Engineering Center. There, we focus on wood panels, hydration of cement, and admixtures for concrete. Composite materials can represent a decrease in materials cost and a greener construction practice. ... By engineering less expensive, yet stronger and lighter construction materials, we have the potential to reduce housing costs. ... Housing cost is just one of the problems that I am trying to help solve. I cannot fix the world, but my small contribution to affordable housing will make a difference someday.

Higher Education Scholarship (2-year college / tech school)

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Stacy 2022 Scholarship Winner

Stacy Kyony

Bellevue College

An expected 2023 graduate of Bellevue College, Stacy is an emigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who expects to continue her education to a university level. Stacy has a strong interest in environmental sciences and connecting with the public.

When asked about what in her classes has inspired her, Stacy had this to say.

“My previous experience with chemistry wasn’t the best, but that class included a quarter long project which ended by reaching out to our community and share my research project. In that class, my interest in environmental sciences deepened after focusing on indoor air pollution. I have an interest in civil engineering because of the public work it involved, but after that class, I’m also considering architecture and environmental science due to the sustainability component that entails. The knowledge I got in that class also helped receive an offer of internship to shadow a public health and environmental professor this summer which I’ll greatly learn from.”


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