ASCE Dallas Branch 2010 Scholarship Awards

The Dallas ASCE awarded and presented four G.B. Mann scholarships at the August 2010 Branch Meeting.  The awards are given to those students that are going into college majoring in Civil Engineering.  Congratulations go out to the following students:

Parents of Kara Steward received the award; Kara was on a mission trip out of the Country.  Kara graduated from Mansfield Legacy High School with a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be attending the University of Texas at Austin.  One of Kara’s references stated “She is great at delegating and making sure things get done on time.” 

In Kara’s own words: “Engineers make life safer and more efficient for the public. I plan to participate in programs such as Engineers Without Borders and use engineering to not only provide a better quality of life, but also provide a better mind-set for people in underdeveloped regions and hope for the future. I am excited to be a part of this profession!”



Reyna Hurtado graduated fromIrma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership High School with a GPA of 3.9. Reyna will be attending Southern Methodist University.  One of Reyna’s references stated: “Reyna is a perfect child. She is naturally gifted and talented, very hardworking and very humble young lady. The high marks she earned in all my classes are results of high aptitude in Mathematics and a remarkable work ethic.”

In Reyna’s own words: “I was amazed by the possibilities in engineering and decided to go into civil engineering, especially because I love finding the solution to obstacles and creating items whose results beneficiate those around me. I enjoy helping my dad on projects like building, fixing appliances, reconstructing the driveway or replacing pipes.”



Scott Schmidt along with his parent’s received the award; Scott graduated fromNewman Smith High School with a 3.65 GPA and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  One of Scott’s references stated: “Scott’s tenacity and originality while working on his science project are indicative of his success in the future as an engineer.”

In Scott’s own words: “I am interested in the transportation sector of civil engineering so that I may someday work in the railway industry, a childhood dream of mine. My hope as a Civil Engineer with a focus in railway is to fill the void of knowledge, so the country can continue to utilize and improve one of the most efficient types of transportation systems available.”

Vanessa Peña graduated from Creek view High School with a 3.88 GPA. Vanessa will be attending Southern Methodist University.  One of Vanessa’s references stated: “Vanessa’s family has instilled the importance of having a strong work ethic and the necessity of obtaining an education.”

In Vanessa’s own words: “The route I plan to take in Civil Engineering is transportation. We rely on transportation in so many ways, yet don’t necessarily acknowledge the importance it brings every time we jump in our cars to drive to our destinations. I will be able to use my knowledge and skills to not only help build bridges and roads, but also to improve them in different aspects.”