Each year, since 2006, the DFI Educational Trust hosts a Gala Fundraising Dinner. Since 2010, the event benefited the now fully-endowed DFI Educational Trust Stanley Merjan CCNY Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is named for Stanley Merjan, senior consultant with Underpinning & Foundation Skanska (UFS) — an inspiration and mentor to young engineers throughout the construction industry. In 2014 and 2015, the proceeds also benefitted the DFI Educational Trust General Fund and the Women in Deep Foundations Scholarship Fund. In 2016, the proceeds benefitted the newly-established George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. The event is typically held in the greater New York City area and features a notable speaker.


Annual Gala Speakers