College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Kiewit Scholars Program Provides Experience and Opportunities for Engineering Students

By providing opportunities for students to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become world-class engineers and leaders, Kiewit Corporation is investing in students at Iowa State University through a $2.5 million, five-year scholars program.

The Kiewit Scholars Program will accept around 20 students per year, focusing on three developmental program pillars: leadership, team building and professionalism. The program is for students interested in construction and design engineering fields throughout the college, and will accept students in civil, construction, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.

“This scholarship program will enable students interested in construction and design engineering to come to the College of Engineering in multiple disciplines. There is huge demand for our graduates whether they want to design or build a building, tunnel or bridge. Our graduates work in multi-disciplinary teams; it is great that the scholarship program is also multi-disciplinary,” David Sanders, civil, construction and environmental engineering department chair said. “This program covers education for students involved in all aspects of delivering a project.”

Incoming freshmen and existing students can apply to this multi-year program. Students with the scholarship not only have financial support but also extensive support programs to increase aptitude in the program pillars, as well as support in other areas. Scholars are renewed on an annual basis.

“This scholarship also provides support through programs to greatly enhance the educational experience for students,” Sanders said. “So, it truly is a scholars program, with financial support and other types of programs within the three program pillars: leadership, team building, and professionalism.”

Students in the program will be offered an internship opportunity with Kiewit. The Kiewit Corporation works on some of the industry’s most complex, challenging and rewarding construction and design projects. They recognize the need for quality graduates, not only for themselves, but also for the construction and design industry.

“At ISU, we have had a long relationship with Kiewit Corporation. They have been hiring and working with our students for many years,” Sanders said. “They decided to invest in key universities, and they have seen the quality of students that come out of our programs and how well they succeed within their company. The Kiewit Scholars program will attract more students to Kiewit and into the construction and design fields.”

Students can find more information about the program and how to apply at About – Kiewit Scholars Program (