The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust is pleased to request applications for the Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship which will provide scholarship funding to undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students attending schools in the Province of Ontario. DFI is an industry association dedicated to the advancement of the design and construction of deep foundations. DFI recognizes that the future of our industry will depend upon our ability to encourage and engage promising young engineers to consider careers in the deep foundations industry.


Scholarships are awarded based on standards that do not discriminate relative to the applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender, orientation, nationality or ethnic origin.

Application Requirements
☐ Application form, to be completed on-line at
☐ Personal essay no more than 500 words highlighting why the applicant chose to pursue a deep foundations-related career, extra-curricular activities, leadership capabilities, long term plans and goals, and any special financial need. (To be submitted with on-line application)
☐ One-page résumé, including work experience, honors, activities and organizations. (To be submitted with on-line application)
☐ One official school transcript. (To be sent to DFI Trust by e-mail to
☐ Minimum of two letters of recommendation, one of which must be completed by a faculty member at the applicant's school. (To be sent to DFI Trust by e-mail to

Two scholarships, in the amount of US$2,500 each, will be awarded in 2020. Awards may be used for funding tuition, fees, books, and/or educational living expenses.

Submission Requirements

  • The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than October 30, 2020. Application packages missing any of the required items will not be considered.
  • The DFI Educational Trust will notify all applicants of the result of their applications no later than December 15, 2020.
  • Applicants, as a condition of eligibility for being considered for a scholarship, must consent to their résumé being posted on the DFI website for review by DFI members as potential employers.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in a personal telephone interview with a Trust Board member.

Scholarship check, payable to the student, will be sent in January 2021 after proof of enrollment and other required information is received by the DFI Educational Trust.

Deadline: A completed on-line application must be submitted no later than October 30, 2020. Transcripts and letters of recommendation must be e-mailed, no later than October 30, 2020 to: