SIDNEY — Choice One Engineering will again be awarding a scholarship for civil engineering or surveying college student in 2021. The 2020 scholarship recipient, Daniel Foos, joined Choice One as an engineering co-op in January 2021.
“My favorite part of joining Choice One has been the opportunity to split my time between the engineers and the surveyors. The surveying techniques I’ve learned have expanded my foundational engineering knowledge,” said Foos.
Foos is a fourth-year engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.
“I hope to use my civil engineering degree to become a professional engineer in the future. I have yet to decide on a discipline in which I would like to practice… Joining Choice One has been a welcoming experience and has given me the opportunity to learn more about several different roles.”
To continue to memorialize Professional Surveyor Tom Coverstone and his Choice One legacy, the company will again offer the $5,000 scholarship and a one-semester co-op/internship opportunity to a college student who exhibits the qualities embodied by Coverstone. The scholarship was established in 2020 after Coverstone’s passing in late 2019 and was first awarded to Foos in April 2020.
Choice One was founded in 1994, and Coverstone was an original founder and a driving force of Choice One’s early and continued success. Coverstone was always willing to share his time and talent with the Choice One team, was willing to teach others and pass on his knowledge and experience, and was eager to support those around him, from coworkers to clients. An avid auto racing fan, Coverstone spent his time both in the office and out of the office appreciating the joys of life including friends, family, and experiences. Tom was a strong, positive influence on his peers and greatly enhanced the positive company culture of Choice One. Indeed, Coverstone was well-known both inside and outside of Choice One for his broad smile and his positive attitude in any situation. From day one, Coverstone put others first.
Choice One President Matt Hoying commented on the scholarship and how the company hopes to inspire civil engineers and surveyors with the qualities that Coverstone embodied.
“Without Tom, Choice One wouldn’t exist as it does today. We hope to continue the wonderful legacy he helped to begin by finding more outstanding engineers and surveyors who are excited to further the profession and their community,” said Hoying.
Candidate requirements for eligibility include the following: must be attending a two- or four-year university/college in a surveying, geomatics, or civil engineering field; must be entering second, third, fourth, or fifth year of college studies; and must be willing to commit to co-op/internship employment at Choice One Engineering for one semester.
An application for the scholarship is available at choiceoneengineering.com/join-the-team. Applicants will also be asked to submit an essay explaining how he or she expresses the personal characteristics that defined Tom Coverstone.
Scholarship applications will be accepted until April 1, 2021. More information can be found at www.choiceoneengineering/com/join-the-team. Interviews will be conducted the week of April 19, 2020, and selection of scholarship recipient will be announced no later than May 3, 2021.