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Local Clarkson University Students Awarded AGC Scholarships

POTSDAM, NY – The following local Clarkson University engineering students have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State (AGC NYS) Scholarship program.

Benjamin Davis of Fulton, N.Y., a senior majoring in civil engineering has been awarded the AGC NYS Scholarship. Davis enjoys participating in on the concrete canoe and SPEED team. He’s interning in the facilities management department at National Grid.

Thomas Haynes of Constantia, N.Y., a senior majoring in civil engineering has been awarded the J. Keith Waters Memorial Scholarship. Haynes was a captain in the Clarkson University steel bridge team and is a member of the Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department. This summer, he worked as an intern at ACG member Barrett Paving Materials.

“Each year, Associated General Contractors gives out about 20 scholarships to students in colleges and universities across New York State, so we did well to win five,” says Adjunct Associate Professor Spencer Thew, director of Clarkson’s Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program.

The CEM studies are a concentration inside the civil engineering program that prepares students to go directly into the construction industry. Thew is in his 47th year of teaching at Clarkson, so he has seen an army of future builders go on to successful careers.

“We had 100 percent job placement last year,” he notes. “With this training, the students can move up quickly in management, usually with large contractors. I just came back from a project site in New York City and several of my former students are working on the Bayonne Bridge. I run into them on almost every job site.”

Associated General Contractors has helped along the way with a financial boost. Since 1988, the New York chapter has distributed $1 million in scholarships to New York-based college students working toward a degree in civil engineering, construction technology or construction management.

The Clarkson scholarship winners are blending their education with hands-on experience in the field.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company.

Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues.