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Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship

The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship was established by the NCSEA Foundation in 2020 to award funding to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in structural engineering (including but not limited to Black/African Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and other people of color). Multiple scholarships will be presented annually to junior college students, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students pursuing degrees in structural engineering.


Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Each of the following recipients were awarded a $3,000 scholarship and have been invited to attend the 2021 Structural Engineering Summit as a guest of NCSEA.
A $1000 travel stipend for each recipient has been generously sponsored by Computers & Structures Inc.


Aime Nacoulma
Oregon State University

Aime is currently pursuing a bachelor's in civil engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). He is very passionate about structures and plans to embrace the field of structural engineering. His career goal is to work on public infrastructures such as hospitals or schools. While preparing himself academically, Aime is building leadership experience from his active involvement in the ASCE student chapter, STEM Leaders program, and the Student Government at OSU. 


Jessica Brown
University of Southern California

Jessica Brown is a senior studying Civil Engineering at the University of Southern California. As a native of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area as well as a student in Los Angeles, Jessica has seen how infrastructure affects the lives of city residents positively and negatively. Living in these cities has inspired her to use her curiosity, love for problem solving, and passion for the well-being of people to create impactful solutions to complex urban problems.


Jessica Gonzalez
University of Texas at San Antonio

Jessica Gonzalez is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is conducting research that is part of a larger national effort aimed at quantifying changes in the seismic collapse risk of concrete structures associated with switching from conventional reinforcing bars to Niobium-based reinforcing bars. She is looking forward to becoming a licensed structural engineer to help her community by considering the balance of safety, economy, and sustainability requirements. Her main goal is to aspire young minority women to conquer their dreams no matter the present stereotypes. 


Juan Vera-Bedolla
Rowan University

Juan Vera is a rising senior Civil and Environmental Engineering student at Rowan University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Juan plans to get his master’s degree in structural engineering through the Masters in Engineering program at Lehigh University. Juan has an interest in designing new buildings as well as reconstructing infrastructure. His goal is to work across the globe and improve the infrastructure in developing countries.




The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) was formed to constantly improve the standard level of practice of the structural engineering profession, and to provide an identifiable resource for those needing communication with the profession. The Foundation was founded to support the non-profit activities of NCSEA and its Member Organizations that advance the structural engineering profession through technical development, education, and outreach.