Scholarship help mixed with business expertise prepares development engineering and administration pupil for achievement | VTx


Whereas Duggan financially depends on the generosity of donors, he donates his time and expertise giving again to the college and the worldwide neighborhood. His first two years at Virginia Tech, he tutored with the Pupil Athlete Tutorial Companies Program. He helped soccer gamers, swimmers, divers, soccer gamers, and monitor and area runners navigate programs in calculus, economics, engineering, and physics.

He additionally serves because the treasurer for Engineers in Motion, a student-run service group that helps design and construct pedestrian footbridges in African and South American communities.

Whereas his classmates journey to locations like Bolivia over the summer season to see the initiatives come to life, Duggan stays again to get what he calls a “monetary enhance” and acquire data working within the area with internships.

“I want the work expertise if I can get it. And simply to get that little bit of additional cash additionally helps out,” stated Duggan.

His first semester he acquired an internship provide from Whiting-Turner, an organization that focuses on development administration, normal contracting, design-build, and built-in challenge supply providers. 

The worldwide shutdown from the pandemic delayed the beginning of his 2020 internship. However one yr later, he was capable of be part of the corporate as they labored in his hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, on a challenge on the Faculty of William and Mary. There, he cut up his time between workplace and area work – placing his classroom expertise to make use of.

“I believe the perfect half was every part that I used to be doing was essential,” stated Duggan. “They don’t actually give ‘intern’ duties. It’s not the arduous stuff, but it surely’s helpful to the challenge.”

The summer season was so successful that he plans to return to the challenge in the summertime of 2022. He’s additionally spending the primary semester of 2022 with Whiting-Turner in its Roanoke workplace as a part of Virginia Tech’s Cooperative Training and Internship Program.

“It’s been identical to a summer season time period. I’m engaged on issues and studying issues every single day, sitting in on conferences,” Duggan stated.

Whereas in this system, Duggan is gaining helpful business expertise, getting paid, and sustaining his standing as a Virginia Tech pupil. In return, he writes papers on what he’s studying and his enchancment over the semester.

“For college kids who reap the benefits of co-op alternatives, the advantages are super,” stated Myers-Lawson Faculty of Building director Brian Kleiner. “Co-ops provide a ‘deep dive’ into experiential studying, present college students with a job expertise, and positively affect pupil debt.”

As Duggan appears forward to his senior yr, he’s prepared for the “bittersweet moments” that include the top to his time in Myers-Lawson, which is collectively shared between the Faculty of Structure and City Research and the Faculty of Engineering, however says these moments wouldn’t be doable with out the assistance of scholarships.

“It’s only one further help member in my life. It simply takes away one further component of stress,” stated Duggan. “It makes every part doable. It’s one much less factor I’ve to fret about.” 

Giving Day donations to Myers-Lawson Faculty of Building allow helpful alternatives each out and in of the classroom as the college strives to supply college students the perfect studying expertise doable and create the longer term development leaders of tomorrow.


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