Engineering student awarded Tapman scholarship

A Tech civil engineering student was recently awarded The Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship. Lindsay Smith, a senior from Mount Juliet, received the $3,000 scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers based on activities within the ASCE, academic accomplishments and an essay in which she described her decision to become a civil engineer.

“I have been very involved in the ASCE student chapter since my freshman year and that has really paid off,” Smith said. “Not just because I won this scholarship, but because I have developed many more skills than what the classroom could have taught me.

“This award will help me to focus more on my research, which I have been doing since my freshman here at TTU,” Smith said.

The scholarship is described as being “highly competitive,” with only a maximum number of 12 student’s nationwide receiving the award each year. Because of this, she admitted to being surprised by such an honor.

Smith describes herself as an ambitious person, committed to excelling in whatever she does. Although she said she has worked hard to get where she is now, she also mentioned receiving support from Tech faculty and staff.

“I have had tons of support from my adviser, Ben Mohr,” Smith said. “He is always pushing me to take the next step and to go above and beyond what is required.

“Also, David Huddleston, dean of engineering, has always provided support when I needed it,” Smith added.

She would like to apply the knowledge and skills she learned as an engineering student to advance the way people live and to preserve the environment.

Scheduled to graduate in May 2010, Smith is planning to pursue her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering.

For more information about scholarships, visit www.tntech.edu/scholarships/home. The deadline to apply for scholarships for 2010-2011 is Dec. 15.