Bridge Builder Scholarship and other scholarships have been established for sophomore, junior and seniors in college who are enrolled as an undergraduate student in an ABET accredited engineering, engineering technology program or a Public Works major. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due June 1, 2023 for the Bridge Builder Scholarship.
1. Bridge Builder Application form (A word document version is available by calling (918) 906-7929 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
Due date is June 1, 2023.
Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
1) Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in an ABET accredited engineering or engineering technology program (see http://www.abet.org) for a list of eligible schools and majors. Applicant may also be enrolled in a major that leads to careers in Public Works.
2) Applicant must have a grade point of 3.0 or higher.
3) Applicant must be able to accept the scholarship for the academic year starting in the Fall of 2019 and must not already be receiving full funding from other organizations.
2. Other scholarships will be awarded on behalf of American Public Works Association – Northeast Branch and Oklahoma Chapter (APWA), American Society of Civil Engineers – Tulsa Branch (ASCE), and Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers – Tulsa Chapter (OSPE). The above application form will be used for all.
The Bridge Builder Scholarship Endowed Fund was established in 2014. It is based on the poem The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole.
The Bridge Builder
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide,
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And build a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too , must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him!”
by Will Allen Dromgoole
Source: Father: An Anthology of Verse (EP Dutton & Company, 1931)