DFI Educational Trust Awards 23 Scholarships to Students Pursuing Careers in Deep Foundations 

August 5, 2019, Hawthorne N.J.:

In July, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI, awarded 23 scholarships totaling $60,000 to students pursuing careers in civil, and geotechnical engineering. 

Thomas J. Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship ($5,000 each)

  • Tyler Kleinsasser, graduate student, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology                          
  • Hunter VanSchoubroek, freshman, Texas A&M University 

John O’Malley Civil Engineering Scholarship ($5,000)

  • Prakash Ghimire, graduate student, Virginia Tech 

First Francis Gularte Scholarship ($2,500)

  • Gaby Vasquez, graduate student, Texas Tech University 

Fred H. Kulhawy Memorial Scholarship Fund (first award from this fund) ($2,500)

  • Nicolet Chovancak, graduate student, University of South Carolina 

Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship ($5,000)

  • Erin Nebel, graduate student, University of Colorado - Boulder 

DFI Educational Trust General Scholarship

The funding for the 2019 General Scholarships came from the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship Fund.

($2,500 each)

  • Timothy Keefe, senior, University of Rhode Island
  • Nicholas Riesterer, senior, University of Michigan

($2,000 each)

  • Emily Adelsohn, graduate student, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Blake, graduate student, Brigham Young University
  • Johnathan Blanchard, graduate student, University of Arkansas
  • Mindy Castle, senior, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Stephen Crawford, graduate student, University of Florida 
  • Manish Dulal, graduate student, Virginia Tech
  • Hwanik Ju, graduate student, Virginia Tech
  • Nice Kaneza, graduate student, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Jesus Magdaleno, senior, Oregon State University
  • Kimberly Martin, graduate student, Arizona State University
  • John McDavid, freshman, Texas A&M University
  • Dominick Prudente, graduate student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Milad Souri, graduate student, Portland State University
  • Tat Shing Thum, graduate student, Virginia Tech
  • Anh Tran, graduate student, University of Arkansas

The DFI Educational Trust manages 17 scholarship programs funded by endowments, donations and fundraising events. Since 2006, the Trust has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to more than 300 students studying at colleges and universities across the United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada. 

Donations to the DFI Educational Trust scholarship funds can be made online at 

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, (973) 423-4030,

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,500 members worldwide.

Timothy Keefe, senior, University of Rhode Island, recipient of a General Scholarship

Nicholas Riesterer, senior, University of Michigan, recipient of a General Scholarship