DFI Educational Trust Awards $36,000 in Scholarships to Students Pursuing Careers in Deep Foundations 

August 10, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust (, the charitable arm of DFI, recently awarded $36,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in civil and geotechnical engineering. 

In July, the Trust awarded a $5,000 Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship to Rocky Howard, a senior at Texas A&M, and a $5,000 John O’Malley Scholarship to Andrea Lucas, a senior at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Also in July, the DFI Educational Trust awarded thirteen $2,000 At-Large Scholarships to students at U.S universities and colleges. Recipients were:

  • Matthew Burton, senior, University of Cincinnati
  • Evan Grant, graduate student, The Citadel
  • Morghan Heim, sophomore, California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo
  • Chaddy Ismail, senior, City College of NY
  • Phillipe Kalmogo, graduate student, Iowa State University
  • Tyler Kleinsasser, senior, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Cameron Lusvardi, senior, Brigham Young University
  • Isabella Marzari, sophomore, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • LisaMarie Nilaj, senior, Manhattan College
  • Alexa Raffaniello, graduate student, Manhattan College
  • Travis Shoemaker, junior, Lafayette College
  • Forrest Walker, sophomore, Texas A&M
  • Jessica Zaft, senior, University of South Carolina

The DFI Educational Trust manages 16 scholarship programs funded by endowments, donations and fundraising events. Eligibility requirements vary from program to program, however, in general, scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate students in excellent academic standing who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing studies in fields such as civil, geotechnical or construction management. Since 2006, the DFI Trust has awarded $752,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students studying at colleges and universities across the United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada. 

Donations to the DFI Educational Trust scholarship funds can be made online at

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.

Rocky Howard, Texas A&M, recipient of the Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship

Andrea Lucas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, recipient of the John O’Malley Scholarship