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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Your Gift in Action: Bechtel

Thanks to Bechtel Corporation for their recent gift to the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. The gift of $14,000 for the Pullman campus and $6,000 for the WSU Tri-Cities campus will be used to provide scholarship support for freshmen or new transfer students in engineering.

Scholarships are more important than ever, as college tuition and costs continue to increase, says Robert Olsen, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Services in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. These scholarships can mean the difference for students between being able to go to college or not, and being able to come to Washington State University. Scholarship support helps WSU attract the best students, particularly in the high-demand field of engineering, he adds.

“Bechtel’s scholarship support means providing an important offset for our students, making college affordable,” says Olsen. “Now, more than ever, gifts such as this can make a huge difference in whether a top student can and will come to study at WSU.”

In 2009, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture provided 834 graduate and undergraduate students with scholarships that averaged $1,186.

More than 200 graduates of WSU currently work for Bechtel.

“Bechtel has always been pleased with the caliber of graduates the WSU engineering program produces and we’re currently utilizing that talent across the world on over 25 projects in six countries,” said Mark L. Johnson, a WSU alumnus and Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass assistant project manager.

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture faculty hold scholarship for students
[L-r: Bechtel representative David Bankston, Dave McLean, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Behrooz Shirazi, Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Bob Olsen, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Services in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Mark Johnson, Bechtel, and Hussein Zbib, Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.]