To influence qualified Civil Engineering students' career paths by providing financial assistance in the pursuit of study in the field of transportation engineering.
Administer contributions and endowment funds to insure that sufficient interest is generated annually to fund at least one substantial award. As of the end of its Fiscal Year on December 31, 2006, the endowment fund had a balance of $ 118,961.68.
Make award payments at the start of each academic period to the institution for credit to the recipient's account. Since 1986, a total of $ 79,800 has been awarded to Civil Engineering students at universities in Alabama.
Two awards were available for 2007. The 2007 Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship was in the amount of $ 4,000.00. The 2007 Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship was in the amount of $ 2,500.00.
To apply for a scholarship, a candidate must submit a completed official application along with the recommendation of a faculty member from an accredited Civil Engineering Department at a university in Alabama and/or the recommendation of a Member or Affiliate Member of the Alabama Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
A full disclosure of current student loans or other financial aid must be included in the application.
Applications may be obtained from faculty members in the Civil Engineering Departments at Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham about mid-January of each year. Completed applications must be submitted to Robert L Vecellio, HMR ALSITE Scholarships, Inc, Dept of Civil Engineering, 238 Harbert Engineering Center, Auburn University, AL 36849-5337, by March 1 of each year.
A candidate for a scholarship award must meet each of several criteria. To be considered for the award, a candidate shall be:
1. Enrolled in Civil Engineering at an ABET accredited university in the State of Alabama;
2. Academically classified by the university as a junior or higher;
3. Demonstrate a strong commitment to the discipline of transportation engineering;
4. Recommended by a faculty member or Member or Affiliate Member of ALSITE;
5. Demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship; and
6. Not related to any Board Member of Harold M. Raynor ALSITE Scholarships, Inc.
The Foundation Selection Committee reviews each application and ranks the candidates on the basis of the following evaluation categories:
To receive scholarship payments, the recipient must remain enrolled in a fully accredited Civil Engineering curriculum and must provide to the Foundation's Treasurer the following information each grading period:
Upon receipt of the required information, scholarship award payments will be made at the start of each academic period to the institution for credit to the recipient's account.
ALSITE Scholarships, Inc, was founded as a private Foundation incorporated in the State of Alabama on May 24, 1994. On September 2, 1994, the IRS classified the Foundation as a tax-exempt, private Foundation. This status means that any contributions from donors are deductible from both their federal and state tax returns. Articles of Amendment, changing the name of the Foundation to Harold M. Raynor ALSITE Scholarships, Inc., were filed in Baldwin County, AL, on May 5, 2006.
The Foundation is independent of, but associated with, the Alabama Section of ITE. A Board of Directors governs the Foundation and the Board has five permanent members:
In 2006, the Board added three Ex-Officio Members:
In the business meeting of the Alabama Division ITE on October 23, 1986, the Scholarship Policy Committee announced that their report on procedures would be published in the next edition of the Newsletter. The Committee also reported a balance of $2,122.50 on deposit in the endowment fund of the International ITE.
In its business meeting on March 19, 1987, the membership voted to increase all meeting registration fees by $5.00 to produce more funds for the scholarship endowment. Additionally, a scholarship operating policy was adopted by vote of the Division.
International ITE conducted a survey of scholarship programs in 1991. Although not all of the Districts and Sections answered the questionnaire, 16 replied that they had scholarships. District 7 began the first scholarship program in 1975. The Alabama Division and the North Central Section both started their scholarships in 1986, becoming the fourth and fifth ITE Scholarships.
Scholarships awarded by other ITE Sections and Districts range from $300 to $1,500. The amount awarded by Alabama appears to be comfortably in the upper part of this range. The other ITE organizations awarding scholarships indicate that they plan to give future awards in the amount of $1000 to $3,000. Usually the amount they give is determined by the amount of money on hand or the amount of pledges received for an individual year.
ALSITE has done a good job of accumulating funds. Other Sections require members to make (painful) pledges each year, or place great pressure on ABD Members to provide all of the funds. The Alabama Section elected to use other more indirect fund raising avenues. Its funds originate from many sources including voluntary gifts, meeting surcharges, the Annual Auction, and interest from the endowment.
The Alabama Section established a very worthwhile scholarship program. A large endowment was created to perpetually provide scholarships to students interested in transportation engineering. However, in 1993 the membership's concern over the size of the endowment, and changes to IRS rules regarding gifts and documentation of gifts, grew larger and caused the Section to rethink the management of its scholarship program.
After a yearlong study, on January 20, 1994 an Ad Hoc Scholarship Policy Committee composed of David Griffin, Harold Raynor and Dan Turner recommended to the membership a stronger form of management for the endowment funds ... a tax exempt, private foundation.
Within six months of the time the ALSITE membership approved the concept, ALSITE Scholarships, Inc. had been chartered in Alabama and received tax-exempt status from both the state and federal governments. All of the money in the ITE Endowment Fund was transferred to the newly formed Foundation on February 3, 1995.
In its business meeting of October 5, 2005, the membership voted to increase the meeting registration surcharge fee to $10.00 in order to produce additional funds for the scholarship endowment.
In 2006, the DSITE and the ALSITE Transportation Engineering Scholar Award was created to honor Victor A. McSwain, who contributed significantly to the success of the scholarship auction held at each Annual Meeting. Each organization contributed $ 750 to create the $ 1500 scholarship award.
The Foundation uses two investment vehicles for its funds. The majority of the monies are invested in high yield, long term CD's. The balance of the Foundation's funds is deposited in a Money Market Account.
Previous scholarship recipients, the year of award, their university and award amounts are:
|Norman Steigler||1986||Auburn University||$ 1,000|
|J. Keith Maxwell||1987||Auburn University||$ 1,000|
|Curtis Lineberry||1988||University of Alabama||$ 1,000|
|John E. Murphy III||1989||Auburn University||$ 1,000|
|Aubrey H. White III||1990||Auburn University||$ 1,000|
|David J. Turner||1991||University of Alabama||$ 1,500|
|Stacey N. Glass||1992||Auburn University||$ 1,500|
|Onis Glenn III||1993||Auburn University||$ 1,500|
|Jason C. Walker||1993||University of Alabama||$ 1,000|
|Rodney N. Chester||1994||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|Noel E. Gregory||1995||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|Edgar N. Leicht||1996||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|Matthew A. Mobley||1997||Auburn University||$ 2,500|
|Edgar N. Leicht||1997||University of Alabama||$ 1,500|
|Elizabeth M. Ford||1998||Auburn University||$ 3,000|
|Marilyn H. Hogue||1998||University of Alabama||$ 1,000|
|Tracy A. Hamil||1999||Auburn University||$ 3,000|
|Donnie J. Daniels||1999||Auburn University||$ 1,000|
|Douglas R. Peterson||2000||Auburn University||$ 3,000|
|Sara M. Jacobs||2000||Auburn University||$ 2,500|
|Laura Emily Fuqua||2001||Auburn University||$ 3,000|
|Jill Chambless||2001||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|Amanda Dawn Estes||2002||University of Alabama||$ 3,500|
|Ben D. Pierce||2002||Auburn University||$ 2,500|
|Mary E. Dougherty||2003||Auburn University||$ 3,700|
|Amanda Estes Irvin||2003||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|Robert Bradford Waldschmidt||2004||Auburn University||$ 3,700|
|Jesse Daniel Creel||2004||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
|David G. Whitman||2005||University of Alabama||$ 3,700|
|Trent R. Turner||2005||Auburn University||$ 2,500|
|Seckin Ozkul||2006||Auburn University||$ 3,700|
|David Edward Stanley||2006||Auburn University||$ 2,500|
|Terence Curtis Williamson||2006||University of Alabama||$ 1,500|
|Johnnie Cherneski Waid||2007||University of Alabama, Birmingham||$ 4,000|
|Leslie Anne Nicholson||2007||University of Alabama||$ 2,500|
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