George J. Tamaro Civil Engineering Scholarships Awarded at Gala Fundraising Dinner Event Raises $25,000 for the Scholarship Fund 

December 11, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

The 13th Annual DFI Educational Trust Gala Fundraising Dinner took place on November 8, 2018, at Terrace On The Park in Corona, N.Y. The gala was attended by more than 100 guests and raised over $25,000. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, established in 2016. 

This year, four students at Manhattan College received awards from the Tamaro Scholarship Fund, totaling $10,000. The scholarships were presented by Zac Curanovic, P.E., Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, DFI Educational Trust board member and chair of the scholarship drive. 

Daniel Forero is senior civil engineering student at Manhattan College. He is actively involved in extracurricular activity groups, such as DFI, ASCE and Engineering Ambassadors. His goal is to make use of his education, internship experiences and passion for the industry to contribute to the advancement of the built environment. 

Lauren McManus is a senior civil engineering major with an environmental engineering minor at Manhattan College. She is the 2018-2019 president of the DFI Student Chapter at Manhattan College and a national member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon. 

Harpreet Singh is a civil engineering major at Manhattan College. Born in Gilzian, located in Punjab, India, he plans to pursue a career path that widens his horizon of experience in the field. 

Tyler Sivulich is a civil engineering student at Manhattan College. His goal is to pursue a career involved in the construction industry. He recently interned with Schiavone Construction Co. as a field engineer on the $157 million Catskill Aqueduct Rehab and Rehabilitation Project. 

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.

scholarship recipients: Lauren McManus, Daniel Forero, Gala Chair Zac Curanovic, Harpreet Singh and Tyler Sivulich