Student Chapter Grants & Awards

JRGF underwrites several student chapter grants and awards as part of its support for the MCAA Career Development Initiative. This is yet another component of JRGF’s commitment to funding the mechanical contracting industry’s most critical human resource needs.

Emerging Chapter Grant

GRANT DESCRIPTION
Newly chartered chapters, or chapters that are rebuilding, are eligible for this grant, which provides $3,000 for chapter operations, special projects or activities and student scholarships. The chapter’s faculty advisor may apply for this grant on behalf of the student chapter for up to three consecutive years. Funds are awarded to the faculty advisor.

GRANT ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for this grant, the MCAA student chapter must:

  1. Be designated to be chartered at the next MCAA convention, or
  2. Chartered within the previous two years and has no local MCA association sponsor, or
  3. Chartered within the previous two years and has less than 10 members, or
  4. Chartered but has less than 10 members and is having difficulty staying viable, and
  5. Hasn’t applied for a Chapter of Excellence Grant for the same grant period.

GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
Each submission must not be any longer than two single-spaced pages and include the following information:

  • Name(s) of faculty advisor(s)
  • Names and titles of current chapter officers
  • Number of chapter members
  • Attendance at MCAA local affiliate meetings (if applicable) during the current school year
  • Activities, projects and accomplishments (field trips, seminars and campus presentations by MCAA local affiliates and contractor members)
  • Number of chapter members who have been offered, or applied for, summer internships with mechanical contractors for the current summer
  • Number of chapter members who obtained (or who have been offered) full-time positions with mechanical contractors
  • A brief description (100 words or less) of how the chapter plans to use the grant
  • Photographs are welcome, but not required

APPLY NOW

All applications due September 14 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Year Emerging Chapter Grant Recipients
2007 University of Maryland
2007 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2007 University of Cincinatti
2007 Northern Kentucky University
2007 University of Nebraska at Omaha
2007 Iowa State University
2008 Kent State University
2008 Pittsburg State University
2008 Bradley University
2009 Kent State University
2009 Weber State University
2009 McMaster University
2009 Sacramento State University
2009 California State University, Chico
2010 Northern Kentucky University
2010 Central Washington University
2010 Western Carolina University
2010 Florida International University
2011 Oregon State University
2011 Binghamton University
2011 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2011 Minnesota State University Moorhead
2012 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2012 Minnesota State University Moorhead
2012 Oregon State University
2012 Binghamton University
2013 Binghamton University
2013 Kansas State University
2013 University of Nebraska at Omaha
2014 Binghamton University – SUNY
2014 Central Washington University
2014 Kansas State University
2014 University of Waterloo (Canada)
2015 Western Illinois University
2015 Washington State University
2015 Bradley University
2016 Ball State University
2017 University Missouri-Columbia
2017 Indiana State University
2017 Ball State University
2017 Western Illinois University
2017 University of Southern California
2017 Missouri State University
2018 University of Maryland
2018 Alfred State University
2018 Missouri State University
2018 Ferris State University
2018 Kansas State University
2018 Kennesaw State University
2019 Alfred State University
2019 Missouri State University
2019 University of Maryland
2019 Kansas State University
2019 Kennesaw State University
2019 Ferris State University

 

Chapter of Excellence Award

AWARD DESCRIPTION
This $7,500 award recognizes student chapters for their extraordinary performance and accomplishments during the prior year, as well as encourage their continued growth and development. The chapter’s faculty advisor may apply for this award on behalf of the student chapter. The chapter operations funds may be used towards projects, field trips, fundraising activities, or travel to MCAA events. The minimum amount that should be allocated to student scholarships is $1,000.

AWARD ELIGIBILITY
Well-established and thriving MCAA student chapters that have been operating for at least one year are encouraged to apply for this $7,500 grant, which provides $5,000 in scholarships and $2,500 for chapter operations. Student chapters who have applied for an Emerging Chapter Grant in the same period are not eligible.

AWARD APPLICATION PROCESS
Each submission must not be any longer than five single-spaced pages and include the following information:

  • Name(s) of faculty advisor(s)
  • Names and titles of current chapter officers
  • Number of chapter members
  • Attendance at MCAA local affiliate meetings (if applicable) during the current school year
  • Activities, projects and accomplishments (field trips, seminars and campus presentations by MCAA local affiliates and contractor members)
  • Number of chapter members who have been offered, or applied for, summer internships with mechanical contractors for the current summer
  • Number of chapter members who obtained (or who have been offered) full-time positions with mechanical contractors
  • A brief description (100 words or less) of how the chapter plans to use the award
  • Photographs are welcome, but not required

APPLY NOW

All applications due September 14 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Year Chapter of Excellence Award Recipients
2007 Ferris State University
2007 Illinois State University
2007 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2007 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2007 University of Washington
2007 Georgia Institute of Technology
2007 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2007 California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
2007 Colorado State University
2007 Oregon State University
2007 Purdue University
2007 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2008 Ferris State University
2008 Illinois State University
2008 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2008 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 University of Washington
2008 Georgia Institute of Technology
2008 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2008 California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
2008 Colorado State University
2009 Ferris State University
2009 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2009 University of Washington
2009 California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
2009 Purdue University
2010 Illinois State University
2010 Kent State University
2010 University Wisconsin-Stout
2010 University of Nebraska Lincoln
2010 Ferris State University
2010 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2010 University of Washington
2011 Pittsburg State University
2011 University of Nebraska Lincoln
2011 Ferris State University
2011 Illinois State University
2011 Kent State University
2011 Purdue University
2011 University of Washington
2011 University Wisconsin-Stout
2011 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2012 University of Washington
2012 Colorado State University
2012 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2012 Northern Kentucky University
2012 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2012 Purdue University
2012 Iowa State University
2012 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2012 Ferris State University
2012 Pittsburg State University
2013 Ferris State University
2013 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2013 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 University of Washington
2013 Purdue University
2013 Pittsburg State University
2013 Northern Kentucky University
2013 Illinois State University
2013 Colorado State University
2013 California State University, Chico
2013 Kennesaw State University
2013 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2014 Colorado State University
2014 Ferris State University
2014 Iowa State University
2014 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2014 Northern Kentucky University
2014 Pittsburg State University
2014 Purdue University
2014 Kennesaw State University
2014 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2014 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2014 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2015 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2015 Purdue University
2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2015 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2015 Kent State University
2015 Kennesaw State University
2015 Colorado State University
2015 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2015 Ferris State University
2015 Iowa State University
2016 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2016 Purdue University
2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2016 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2016 Kent State University
2016 Kennesaw State University
2016 Colorado State University
2016 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2016 Ferris State University
2016 Iowa State University
2017 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2017 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2017 Kent State University
2017 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2017 Colorado State University
2017 University of Missouri-Columbia
2017 Ferris State University
2017 Iowa State University
2018 Colorado State University
2018 Fairleigh-Dickinson University
2018 Ferris StateUniversity
2018 Iowa State University
2018 Kasnsas State University
2018 Kent State University
2018 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2018 Pittsburg State University
2018 Purdue University
2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2018 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2018 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2019 Iowa State University
2019 Ball State University
2019 Washington State University
2019 Wentworth Institute of Technology
2019 California State University, Chico
2019 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2019 Pittsburg State University
2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2019 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019 Purdue University
2019 Kent State University
2019 Colorado State University

Student Chapter of the Year Award

AWARD DESCRIPTION
The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The $3,000 award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement and career development.

AWARD ELIGIBILITY
Those eligible for this award are chartered students chapters or chapters designated to be chartered at the next MCAA convention.

AWARD APPLICATION PROCESS
Each submission must not be any longer than five single-spaced pages and photographs are welcome, but not required.

APPLY NOW

All applications due December 16 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Year Student Chapter of the Year Award Recipients
2001 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2002 Ferris State University
2003 Purdue University
2004 Purdue University
2005 Purdue University
2006 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2007 Purdue University
2008 Ferris State University
2009 Illinois State University
2010 Ferris State University
2011 Illinois State University
2012 Purdue University
2013 Kennesaw State University
2014 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2015 University Missouri-Columbia
2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2017 Iowa State University
2018 Pittsburg State University
2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Of Interest...

Molly Sizemore, a junior at Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded one of the two Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Molly is the President of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She will be interning for the second summer with MCA of Metro Washington member, Southland Industries.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement, and career development. University of Nebraska Student Chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Omaha. The chapter’s faculty advisor is, Vishnu Reddi, Assistant Professor of Practice with the Durham School College of Engineering. The student chapter takes a unique approach to fundraising, community service and networking opportunities with local MCA members.

Ali Brown, a junior at the University of Nebraska has been awarded one of the two Ferguson-Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Ali has been a member of the MCA Omaha Student Chapter since 2017. She is earning her degree in Business Administration & Human Resources. She sees the opportunities for growth in all areas of the industry. Ali has been interning for MCA member, Waldinger Corporation focusing in administration, virtual design construction and accounting. Ali will continue her internship through this summer.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Paige Theby. She has recently started as an Engineer at MCAA member, Murphy Company. As a past MCAA Student Chapter member and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major, Paige talks about the importance of her internship and the opportunities she sees for people starting out in the industry. She shares how MCAA GreatFutures can help kickstart a career through networking and internship opportunities.

Colin Hindman has accepted a second summer internship with MCA of Indiana member, Harrell-Fish, Inc. Colin is a junior studying Construction Management Technology at Purdue University where he is the President of the MCAA Student Chapter. Colin says, “being a part of MCAA has both reinforced and built upon concepts I have learned in class, but most importantly on the job. My excellent experience working with HFI gave me a certain advantage when approaching the competition project. Conversely, the MCAA Student Chapter Competition taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve already been able to apply back in my internship.

This year’s MCAA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Cristina Cosma of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The award, including a check, honors her mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and her active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities. The students of the Wentworth MCAA Student Chapter sponsored by the New England MCA, Inc. said, “a mentor’s role is to provide guidance, advice, encouragement, support, and resources. Cosma checks off all of these boxes and more.”