Moretrench congratulates former summer engineering interns Jesus Loya of the University of Delaware, Matthew Pizzico of James Madison University, and Andrew Chegwidden of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on receiving $3,500 GCA scholarships from the General Contractors Association of New York. GCA of NY awarded 31 scholarships this year to students at 18 different institutions. Selection of the awardees was based on recommendations from industry practitioners familiar with the applicant and the applicant’s personal responses to a questionnaire.
Scholarships such as those GCA of NY awards go a long way to allowing students to concentrate more fully on their studies during the semester which in turn opens up internship opportunities for students who achieve the grades to sample the “real world” of construction under the guidance of practicing engineers. The experience gained can be the deciding factor in a career choice. “At Moretrench I was exposed to a variety of different types of work, from landfill remediation to ground freezing” said Chegwidden. “I felt I was a real part of things, doing real work.” So much so, that Chegwidden accepted a fall semester co-op opportunity with Moretrench and will join the company as a staff engineer on graduation.