Engineering Students Awarded Impressive Number of Competitive Scholarships

Sarah Bates
Sarah Bates
Keegan Stewart
Keegan Stewart
George Zimmer
George Zimmer
Richard Holden
Richard Holden

In the past six months, a number of Villanova University College of Engineering students have been recognized for their academic achievements, work experience, engineering activities and leadership skills. Competitive scholarships were awarded through College of Engineering endowments, regional and national industry organizations and federal government entities.

Earning endowed scholarships were Civil Engineering Master’s degree student Sarah Bates and Civil Engineering senior Keegan Stewart. Bates is the recipient of the Dewling Family Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Environmental Engineering Study for Women, and Keegan was presented with the Mooney Engineering Scholarship.

Regionally, as part of 2014 Delaware Valley Engineers Week, five local college-level engineering students were given cash awards to provide financial support for their education. Winner of the 2014 Delaware Valley Engineers Week /American Society of Civil Engineers Undergraduate Scholarship was George J. Zimmer III ’15 CE. Also presented during Engineers Week, the Walter G. Neal, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Richard G. Holden ’14 ME.

Villanova Engineering students have been recognized on the national stage. In November 2013, Emmanuel Almonte ’16 CpE was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Read more about Almonte’s accomplishment in the article “Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to Study Abroad.”

Emmanuel Almonte
Emmanuel Almonte

Jenna Pugliese
Jenna Pugliese

Jenna Pugliese ’15 ChE also competed nationally and was named an SCI Scholar by the American Chemical Society. This summer she will work for Chemtura in Perth Amboy, NJ.  Read more about this competitive internship program in the article “Chemical Engineering Student Earns Prestigious Internship.”

Samantha Butwill ’15, Aaron Williams ’14 and Taylor DelVecchio ’15

The Delaware Valley Geo-Institute recently presented scholarships to six local college students, with Villanova Civil Engineering majors taking home the top three awards. They are Samantha Butwill ’15Aaron Williams ’14 and Taylor DelVecchio ’15.


“I could not be prouder of our exceptional engineering students,” says Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering, Gary A. Gabriele, PhD. “They are a testament to the strength of our program, and the quality of the students who attend Villanova University.”