The Terracon Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to the Geotechnical Student Support Fund in the university’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program to help attract students and defray the costs of degree completion. 

“This grant is helpful in attracting and retaining outstanding students from diverse backgrounds and for providing opportunities for students to broaden their career pathways,” said David Baska, Ph.D., P.E., senior principal and vice president in Terracon’s West Coast Division. “It also can enrich a student’s educational experience as they work with faculty in the geotechnical engineering program on a range of potential research projects, thus advancing the field in important and diverse areas.”

Based in Seattle, the University of Washington is a public university with three campuses. It educates more than 60,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually and features dozens of graduate-level programs in STEM and related subjects including research-focused Ph.D. programs, professional master’s degree programs, evening degrees, and certificate programs. Learn more at

The Terracon Foundation also announced a $5,000 grant for fellowships to be awarded to Virginia Tech graduate students in geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering.  

“This grant allows Virginia Tech to expand its program and offer an education to excellent students,” said Aaron J. Muck, P.E., geotechnical services assistant director in Terracon’s Eastern Operating Group, who championed the grant. “Funds from the Terracon Graduate Fellowships help students who otherwise may have struggled to afford an education at Virginia Tech.”

Based in Blacksburg, the Virginia Tech Foundation provides private financial stewardship to the agenda of Virginia Tech, a land grant institution with nine colleges and a graduate school, more than 100 undergraduate majors and 120 master’s and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about the foundation at and the university at

Lastly, the Terracon Foundation also announced a $5,000 grant to help fund the construction of a concrete canoe that competed in the “Americas Cup of Civil Engineering” – the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition, representing UT Austin, at the regional student symposium April 10–13. 

“UT Austin is well known for its academic excellence in engineering disciplines, and the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition is one way to prove the values of excellence at a community and national level,” said Gustavo Imanol Morales, an intern in Terracon’s Texas Division. The grant helped the team develop concrete mixes, design techniques, acquire materials, and use the most efficient equipment.”

Based in Austin, the University of Texas at Austin has a wide variety of undergraduate degrees, which span 19 colleges and schools and encompass more than 170 fields of study. It offers 139 graduate fields of study. Learn more at

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.