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ASDSO awards two scholarships for dam safety work

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The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has selected Jamie Bond and Emily Keck as the recipients of its 2014-15 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship.

The ASDSO scholarship program, now in its 23rd year, awards up to US$10,000 to students "enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields" who are "planning careers related to the design, construction, or operation of dams".

The winning pair of applications were selected from a pool of 34, ASDSO said, with Bond and Keck each receiving a $5,000 scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, a complimentary association student membership and free registration to ASDSO's annual conference in September.

"All of this year's candidates were highly qualified, but we were especially impressed by Jamie and Emily's dam safety-related activities, as well as their impressive academic standing," ASDSO scholarship chairman John Moyle said.

Bond is a senior majoring in civil engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology. She currently assists with levee inspections for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District, in addition to participating with OIT's steel bridge competition team. She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has worked on increasing membership for OIT's student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Meanwhile, Keck is a senior at Rowan University, majoring in civil and environmental engineering. She has recently worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Control, where she reviewed engineering reports and assisted with inspections. Keck is a member of the American Society of Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and The Society of Women Engineers.

Applications for ASDOS's 2015-16 scholarship will be made available soon at DamSafety.org. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.

ASDSO's annual conference takes place Sept. 21-25 in San Diego, Calif. For more information, visit ASDSO's website here.

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