A total of $142,255 is being awarded to Terracon Foundation grant recipients. The foundation is a part of the community investment arm of Terracon. Its mission is to reach out and become a real part of the lives of employees and the communities where they live and work. Employees complete applications, which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

The Terracon Foundation awards funds twice a year in the grant categories of community organizations and universities, a once-a-year grant to a national partner, and annually presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees. To date, the foundation has distributed more than $1.3 million in grant funds.

National Partner Grant

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the recipient of this year’s $50,000 national partner grant from the foundation. The GSUSA works with 1.8 million girls through 800,000 volunteers in 112 councils in all 50 states and 92 countries. The grant will support the development, pilot and rollout of a national engineering series, the curriculum of which is being developed in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), last year’s recipient of the foundation national partner grant. This engineering program is being piloted in 11 councils in nine states and Washington, D.C., beginning in early 2017. It will rollout nationwide in the fall.

“Through the Terracon Foundation, we have presented our annual national partner grant to The Girl Scouts of the USA,” says David Gaboury, P.E., Terracon CEO. “As a preeminent leadership organization for girls in the world, the Girl Scouts are in a unique position to provide additional learning opportunities for young women throughout the U.S. This grant will support a national engineering series, aligning with the foundation’s focus on education.”

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the foundation also presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, the foundation presented $52,500 to six universities: Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, Texas; University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, Ill.; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.; University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas; University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; and Virginia Tech Foundation, Blacksburg, Va.

Community Grants

Terracon also awarded $39,755 in community grants to 14 local, nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include: Bexar County 4H, San Antonio, Texas; Blue River Watershed Association, Kansas City, Mo.; Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.; Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, Iowa.; Diamonds and Fields, Parkersburg, Iowa; Explore Knowledge Foundation, Las Vegas, Nev.; Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.; HawkWatch International, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa; National Institute for Construction Excellence-KC, Kansas City, Mo.; Olive View-UCLA, Sylmar, Calif.; Rebuilding Together South Sound, Tacoma, Wash.; Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; and Survive & Thrive, Raytown, Mo.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials services from more than 130 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information, visit www.terracon.com.