The 10th annual Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust Gala Fundraising Dinner in November raised $40,000 in net proceeds to support the Stanley Merjan Civil Engineering Scholarship at City College of New York (CCNY), the Women in Deep Foundations Fund and the DFI Educational Trust General Fund.

During the event, Stanley Merjan Civil Engineering Scholarships were awarded to four students from the Grove School of Engineering at CCNY.

Yehuda Holzer is a senior pursuing a degree in civil engineering with specializations in structural engineering and construction. Holzer is the president of the ASCE student chapter at CCNY and is actively involved in the DFI chapter on campus.

Frank Poma is a senior studying civil engineering with a focus on construction engineering management. Poma is involved with Engineers Without Borders and is currently the project manager for the structural design of a 12,000-square-foot community center on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Linette Prasadisa third-year civil engineering student in the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY.  Prasad is an active member in the ASCE and DFI chapters at CCNY, the United Steel Bridge Team and is secretary of the Concrete Canoe Club.

Lea Rivera is a civil engineering student with a concentration in structures. She previously graduated cum laude from Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

The trust also presented a plaque to CCNY commemorating the founding donors of the Stanley Merjan Civil Engineering Scholarship. The plaque, accepted by Professor Julio F. Davalos, will be displayed at the Grove School of Engineering CCNY.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit