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WTBA awards engineering scholarships

MADISON – The Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association on Thursday announced it has awarded $17,750 in scholarships to state engineering students at universities and technical colleges in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 12 scholarships were awarded by WTBA of Tomorrow, the association’s council of
young professionals that is involved in developing the industry’s future workforce, according to a press release.

WTBA awarded seven $2,000 scholarships to civil engineering students and five $750
scholarships to students in civil engineering technician programs.

Recipients were:

William McElroy of Chippewa Falls, UW-Platteville, $2,000;

Brian Rickert of Fond du Lac, UW-Platteville, $2,000;

Ben Ruthven of Neenah, Marquette University, $2,000;

Jared Duffy of McFarland, UW-Stout, $2,000;

Jerome Portnoy of Menomonie, UW-Stout, $2,000;

Brent Ellifson of Arbor Vitae, UW-Madison, $2,000;

Lars Leemkuil of Hudson, Michigan Technological University, $2,000;

Scott Van Calster of Green Bay, Northeast WI Technical College, $750;

Chris Milkey of Rudolph, Mid-State Technical College, $750;

Mingge Lu of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Valley Technical College, $750;

Galen Teerink of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Valley Technical College, $750; and

Jeremy Hillebrand of Madison, Madison Area Technical College, $750.

WTBA of Tomorrow supports its annual scholarship program through auctions and other fundraising
activities at Association events throughout the year. During the nearly 25 years of the program,
WTBA has awarded about $185,000 in scholarships, the release said.

WTBA is a statewide association of about 300 companies that plan, design, construct
and maintain all types of transportation facilities, including airports, railroads, highways, bridges, bike
paths and pedestrian facilities.

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