DFI Educational Trust Awards First Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship 

August 10, 2017, Hawthorne NJ:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust announces that the first Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, was awarded to Drew Rommel, an undergraduate civil engineering student at Oregon State University. 

The Condon Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 with an initial donation by Condon-Johnson and Associates of Oakland, Calif., in memory of Michael L. Condon, co-founder of the company and a leader in the deep foundations industry.

Michael "Mike" Lawrence Condon began his career in the deep foundations industry with Kiewit Construction at the age of 23, after serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1971. Very ambitious and driven to succeed, Condon began as a pile driving superintendent and was quickly promoted. An effective leader, he successfully grew a division of Kiewit and, between 1979 and 1984, was responsible for building the structural foundations that support many of San Francisco's tallest buildings.

In 1984, he teamed up with James Johnson to transform what was then Kulchin and Associates, a small shoring company, into a major West Coast foundation and drilling company now known as Condon-Johnson & Associates. As a driving force in the construction industry, Condon completed some of the most innovative shoring and foundation projects in the country.

Condon brought his energy and passion to everything he did in life, making him a dynamic force in the construction industry. He died unexpectedly in 2002 at the age of 54.

The Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund benefits civil engineering students attending the following schools: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University, University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Montana Tech, University of Colorado-Boulder and Virginia Tech. 

The DFI Educational Trust manages 16 scholarship programs funded by endowments, donations and fundraising events. Eligibility requirements vary from program to program, however, in general, scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate students in excellent academic standing who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing studies in fields such as civil, geotechnical or construction engineering. Since 2006, the DFI Trust has awarded $752,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students studying at colleges and universities across the United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada. 

Donations to the Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund can be made online at www.dfitrust.org.

About the DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.

Drew Rommel, recipient of DFI’s first Michael L. Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship


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