Orange County Post awards scholarships to students


The SAME Orange County Post, in its mission to support and promote the educational and professional development of present and potential future engineers, awarded scholarships to five engineering students from the University of California, Irvine on October 2012.

Al Moro, Executive Director for the Port of Long Beach, presided and presented a book to the recipients on the history of the port. Each scholarship was in the amount of $2,500 and was open to all engineering disciplines.  Applicants were required to be in their junior or senior year as of fall 2012 with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Scholarship criteria included academic performance, financial need, professional involvement, community involvement and work experience.

Congratulations to the following students!

Mr. Andrew Baca is a senior in Structural Engineering with a 3.5 GPA.  He is President of the Latino Business Association (LBSA) and past recipient of the Most Valuable Member Award from the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Joseph Bell is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.4 GPA.  He is a Member of the National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is a mentor for Summer Engineering for Kids (SEEK).

Ms. Mary Danielson is a senior in Civil Engineering with a 3.2 GPA.  She is Vice President of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and an intern at the Eastern Municipal Water District.  Ms. Danielson is also a recipient of the J. Thomas Miles Memorial Scholarship established in 2004 in recognition of Mr. J. Thomas Miles, P.E., a visionary leader in the field of civil and environmental engineering and an integral component to the success and growth of the SAME Orange County Post.

Mr. Charles Smith is a senior in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is married with two children.  Mr. Smith volunteers his time for community beach clean-ups and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Ms. Jacqueline Thomas is a senior in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and currently maintains a 4.0 GPA.  She is Vice President External for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the UCI Design/Build Fly Team.

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