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Atkins is continuing its longtime support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by sponsoring a $5,000 scholarship to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Fort Worth Post in Texas.

The scholarship was awarded to Adam Dorais, a native of Corinth, Texas, who is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, studying mechanical engineering. Dorais has a 4.0 GPA and is currently the treasurer of the university’s SAME Student Chapter and a member of Army ROTC. He will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduation.

“What Atkins has done is enormous, giving us the largest donation we received this year,” said Charlie Hart, president of the Fort Worth Post. “We typically award $20,000 in scholarships annually, but with their donation, we increased this year’s to $30,000, and that obviously makes a huge difference. We also saw an increase in the number and quality of the applicants this year, likely because of the increased value of the scholarships.”

The Fort Worth Post Scholarship program, which has been in place since 1993, seeks to advance the knowledge of engineering technologies, applications and practices by assisting qualified students who wish to pursue a college education in engineering or a science-related field. The post awarded 19 scholarships in 2017, which typically range from $1,000 to $1,500. 

A longtime supporter of SAME, Atkins is a Sustaining Member of 12 SAME posts with more than 50 employee members throughout the U.S.  For over 30 years, Atkins Sustaining Member representatives have been on the SAME Board of Directors and in various leadership positions, serving on boards and conference planning committees, mentoring young professionals and supporting educational activities.

“This contribution reflects Atkins’ core values and commitment to making a positive difference in the engineering community,” said J.R. Steele, director of Atkins’ Federal business unit. “We are delighted to be assisting outstanding students like Adam as they pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential.”

The donation was funded through The Atkins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants for STEM initiatives, scholarships and other community-based programs. To date the Foundation has awarded nearly $2.7 million to programs throughout the country.


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Maureen Nayowith
SVP, Marketing & Communications

+1 720.475.7064

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