Published: Tue May 17, 2011
A civil engineering student at Tennessee Tech University was selected to receive one of 12 national scholarships from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Senior Samantha Jeffries was awarded $3,000 to go toward her education next semester because of her involvement in the society’s student chapter at TTU.
Though the Kingsport native has managed to avoid student loans so far in her career, the scholarship will mean that she will not have to work next semester.
“It’s definitely going to help with my school focus,” said Jeffries, who plans to continue in TTU’s civil engineering graduate program after she graduates in December. “It also was just a really great honor to get this award since I’ve been in ASCE for so long.”
Jeffries joined the student chapter in her freshman year, at the urging of her roommate. Since then, she has coordinated the chapter’s involvement in the society’s annual student conference and been a part of its steel and balsawood bridge competitions.
Campus chapters around the country select one member student every year to apply for the scholarship. Of more than 100 applications, the society selects and awards the students with the strongest applications. Students are judged based on their history of involvement with their campus chapter, resume, professor recommendations and demonstrated financial need.
Jeffries is not the first TTU student to be selected to win the scholarship; in 2009, Lindsay Smith-Bryant received it as well.