The Francis Gularte Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 through the efforts of John Wolosick, senior advisor at Keller (formerly Hayward Baker) and past president of DFI, in honor of Gularte, a long-time executive at Keller and accomplished industry leader. The fund received an initial donation of $10,000 from Keller and a $15,000 pledge from Gularte. Wolosick is currently spearheading a fundraising drive with a goal of achieving a minimum endowment fund of $75,000. The fund provides scholarships to qualified students attending any U.S. college or university as part of the Trust's At-Large Scholarships Program.
Francis Gularte is the senior vice president, special projects for Keller's western region. His career started when he was hired by Clyde Baker of Soil Testing Services of Illinois. He worked for that firm for several years in Chicago before joining Wallace Baker and becoming part owner of Hayward Baker in 1975. In 1983, Gularte established the West Coast operations. Today, Gularte's continuing involvement focuses on special projects for the western region of Keller. His experience relates to all forms of grout injection, anchorages and ground modification (jet grouting, soil mixing, vibro and dynamic compaction, etc.).
Gularte has been an active member of ASCE Geo-Institute Grouting Committee since 1995 and vice president of Chapter 34 California Society of Engineers since 2000. He received the Wallace Hayward Baker Award from the Geo-Institute of ASCE in 2002, and served as a chair for the DFI 35th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in 2010.
Gularte received his B.S.C.E from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, M.S.C.E. from Northwestern University and M.B.A from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Francis Gularte Scholarship Founding Donors