Kerrie Weinkein of Joplin, Mo., a junior in civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, was picked to receive a $2,500 award from the National Society of Professional Engineers. She is the first person to receive the William R. Kimel Engineering Scholarship.
The new scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who is a resident of either Kansas or Missouri and enrolled as a junior in an ABET-accredited engineering program in a college or university in either Kansas or Missouri.
A recipient of Missouri s Bright Flight scholarship, Weinkein has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is active in UMR s Christian Campus Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and intramurals. As a teaching assistant at UMR, she helps lead a surveying lab and assists students with surveying procedures. In addition, Weinkein has spent the past two summers working as an intern for the Missouri Department of Transportation in the areas of design and construction.
We received many outstanding applications; however, Kerrie s academic accomplishments, her extracurricular activities and her intern experience exhibited a higher level of commitment to her chosen profession, says Robert L. Nichols, president of the NSPE Educational Foundation.