Apply for a 2017-2018 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017/2018 school year and have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in recent years. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level (during the 2017/2018 school year) in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams.

Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2018 will be eligible for the 2017 scholarship.

Minimum Criteria - Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the first three years of college and be recommended by their academic advisor.

Basis for Award - The basis for selection will generally follow these guidelines:
o Academic Scholarship
o Financial Need
o Work Experience/Activities
o Essay

Announcement of successful candidates will be made in July 2017.

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2016-2017 ASDSO Scholarship Winner:
Cali McMurtrey, Brigham Young University

Scholarship Committee Chairman John Moyle presented awards to Emily Keck (left) and Jamie Bond at Dam Safety 2014 in San Diego.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has selected Cali McMurtrey as the recipient of its 2016-2017 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship.  This is the twenty-fifth year of the ASDSO Scholarship Program, which awards up to $10,000 to US citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields and planning careers related to the design, construction, or operation of dams.

Cali’s application was chosen from submittals received from schools across the country. She will receive a $7,500 scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as a complimentary ASDSO student membership for one year and complimentary registration and travel to ASDSO’s 2016 annual conference held September 11-15 in Philadelphia, PA.

Cali is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in civil engineering. She conducts research on low-head dams under Dr. Rolland Hotchkiss and also works as a teaching assistant for a Fluid Mechanics course. She recently interned at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. in Denver, where she worked with projects related to hydraulics and hydrology. Cali is a member of multiple engineering organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and American Society of Civil Engineers. She also spends time volunteering for numerous organizations.

According to ASDSO Scholarship Chairman John Moyle, "All of this year's candidates were highly qualified, but we were especially impressed by Cali’s dam safety related activities, as well as her impressive academic standing."

Applications for ASDSO’s 2017-2018 dam safety scholarships will soon be available at The deadline for applying is March 31, 2017.


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About ASDSO's Scholarship Program

The ASDSO Scholarship Program, established in 1992, awards annual undergraduate scholarships to U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields and planning careers related to the design, construction, or operation of dams.

Other Scholarships

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Student will work with Dr. John Rice on research related to internal erosion and risk assessment associated with dams and levees. Dr. Rice’s research deals with studying the mechanisms of internal erosion through laboratory modeling and using reliability-based, stochastic methods to assess risk due to dams and levees. The selected student will have the opportunity to design and implement a research program that is along their interests while meeting the needs of Dr. Rice’s research program.
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