DFI Educational Trust Awards 2017 Manuel Fine Scholarships to Civil Engineering Students in Ontario, Canada 

January 26, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust has awarded two Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarships each in the amount of US$2,500. 

Lauren Augustin is an undergraduate civil engineering student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Augustin developed her interest in the deep foundation industry after a work term at a design-build construction firm, noting in her essay that “working at the firm…revealed the complexity of the field and made me interested in pursuing it further.” 

Yaman Zahra is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in civil engineering at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Zahra noted in his essay that his internship for a foundation contractor caused him to realize “that foundation work is way more interesting and challenging than any other type of construction because you are dealing with the earth which is filled with surprises.” 

The Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 with generous donations from Bermingham Foundation Solutions, where Fine was employed for 23 years, the Heavy Construction Association of Ontario, the Heavy Construction Association of Toronto and the Ontario Association of Foundation Specialists. The fund honors Manuel Fine, who served DFI for 24 years in many roles, including trustee, president, executive director, managing editor of Deep Foundations magazine, and in recent years, as publisher of the DFI Journal. The fund will provide scholarships only for civil engineering students attending universities in the Province of Ontario. Fine is a graduate of the University of Toronto. 

Donations to the Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund can be made online at

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, 973-423-4030,

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.

Lauren Augustin

Yaman Zahra