"We believe… that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment."
– Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

Want to stretch your dollar? This year, your donation to the Golze Scholarship Fund will be matched! Why? Have you noticed all the engineering related news lately? There was the nightmare Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that killed 8 people; there was the seismic box office hit, San Andreas, that grossed nearly $55 million on its opening weekend; there were the floods throughout north Texas; and there was the dismal national infrastructure report card in which America earned a "D+" (okay, that was in 2013, but I don't think it has gotten any better). In our constantly competitive and increasingly technical profession, suffice it to say, we need civil engineers, and good ones! However, the newsworthy engineering content doesn't stop there. The road to becoming an engineer has also been the subject of much national discussion. The National Center for Education Statistics of the US Dept. of Education stated, "Between 2003 and 2013, prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board at public institutions rose 39 percent, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 27 percent, after adjustment for inflation." Not close enough to home? The US News and World Report reported in 2013 that "over the last five years, California's four-year state schools have raised tuition and fees by 57 percent." I'm guessing neither students' nor parents' income increased by that same margin.

Furthermore, "one of ASCE’s three strategic initiatives to advance the profession and the public welfare" is Raise the Bar, which "promotes change in state licensure laws so that civil engineers of the future…would also need a master's degree in engineering."

Now, I do not share these subjects with you to paint a bleak picture of our profession, or the state of our society. But I do wish to raise your attention to the fact that based on our need for more capable, more effective and just more civil engineers, while being confronted with an increased cost to produce them over a longer period of time, we need to step in and help this next generation. 

One way to do that is through the Golze Scholarship Fund. Alfred R. Golze was a highly accomplished civil engineer who held several high-ranking positions in the California Department of Water Resources and in the US Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C.  He was President of the Sacramento Section in 1969 and served on many National Committees.  Due to his engineering excellence, his support of ASCE, and career-long focus on mentoring civil engineering students, the Golze Scholarship Fund was established in his honor in May of 1988 "to further the education of civil engineering students for the benefit of our society." This scholarship is currently open to civil engineering students from CSU-Chico; CSU-Sacramento; UC Davis; and the University of the Pacific.

This year, the ASCE Sacramento Section has established a goal of raising $100,000 for this scholarship, all of which is to be awarded at our Annual Project Awards Banquet in Feb/Mar 2016. We invite you to give something. Any amount will do. With over 2100 members in the Section, even a small donation from each person will make an overall significant splash in the scholarship coffer, and even more substantial impacts on individual students. Will you help? In our effort to increase participation Magnus Pacific has generously offered the incentive to MATCH 1:1 your personal (not company) donations up to an accumulative $25,000!

Please make your checks payable to ASCE Sacramento Section - Golze Scholarship Fund and mail to P.O. Box 2402, Granite Bay, CA 95746. Your generosity will be individually recognized in our newsletter, on our website, and at the Annual Project Awards Banquet in Feb/Mar 2016. All donations are tax deductible. Look for next month's President's Message for more insight to the students and programs that these scholarships have helped. Thank you for all you give!


Kyle Sanford