The Terracon Foundation announced three $5,000 grants to Auburn University, Iowa State University and Kansas State University.

 The grant for Auburn University will fund the Terracon Graduate Fellowship for students with a concentration in geotechnical engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

“This annual fellowship fosters excellence in our profession by helping to attract top students to the Auburn University civil engineering graduate programs that train the next generation of geotechnical engineers,” said Matthew McCullough, P.E., department manager in Terracon’s Gulf Coast Division.

Auburn has the highest-ranked engineering program in the state, producing more than a third of Alabama’s engineering graduates. Based in Auburn, Auburn University is a public, land-grant university. It is comprised of a graduate school and a dozen colleges offering more than 150 undergraduate majors. Learn more at  

The Iowa State University (ISU) grant will provide funding for scholarships to undergraduate students who participate in or intend to participate in a cooperative education program, particularly those interested in geotechnical and materials testing engineering.

Cooperative education programs offer students insight into a field of practice and can serve to engage and excite students about their future career potential. 

“ISU’s department of civil, construction and environmental engineering provides the educational background in an undergraduate bachelor’s degree that is the initial steppingstone needed to work in these STEM fields and obtain the necessary experience to sit for the licensure exam,” said Jeff Magner, P.E., director of digital infrastructure for Terracon based in Des Moines. 

Based in Ames, Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university. It offers more than 100 majors in six undergraduate colleges. All master, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs are administered by its Graduate College.

The grant for Kansas State University will help fund student scholarships and support their efforts in STEM fields, particularly in civil engineering.

“The grant in support of scholarships and STEM research could help grow the number of students who complete their degree and pursue employment after graduation,” said Mark McClure, P.E., project engineer in Terracon’s Central Division. 

Kansas State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of STEM fields, including 14 undergraduate degrees in its College of Engineering. Based in Manhattan, Kansas State University is a public, land-grant university offering more than 250 academic undergraduate majors and programs and offers more than 165 graduate degrees and certificates. 

The Terracon Foundation encourages employees to submit grant requests each year for organizations focused on education as well as the built and natural environment. To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted nearly $4 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees and disaster relief efforts.