Freshman civil engineering student Benjamin Hendrich was recently honored as the recipient of a scholarship from the Chattanooga branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. One of only four selected for the scholarship, he will share the $4,000 award with the three other students.
The son of alumni Christopher and Mitzi Hendrich, the scholarship has helped Benjamin, a native of Maryville, TN, plan for his future. “The scholarship will help make my education at Bryan more manageable [next semester],” he says. “I am in the process of applying for a short-term mission trip this summer, so the scholarship will definitely help better prepare me financially for next semester and mitigate any necessary loans.”
Connections with other students played a key role in securing the award. “A sophomore engineer named Russell Green pointed me to the scholarship,” Benjamin notes. “As the President of the ASCE Student Chapter [at Bryan], Russell learned about it from his contacts in Chattanooga.” Benjamin’s membership in the ASCE’s Student Chapter and recommendation from Dean of Engineering, Dr. Thomas Marshall, were also crucial steps in his selection as a winner.
When asked what advice he would give students looking to apply for scholarships in their field, Benjamin notes that discipline-specific scholarships with limited applicants often carry a higher likelihood of success. “Although there are certainly amazing opportunities online, students can compete against a much smaller pool of applicants by applying for extremely local, very specific scholarships,” he says. “For example, this scholarship was only open to members of the ASCE Student Chapters at Bryan College and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.”
Congratulations, Benjamin, on your achievement!
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