The General Contractors Association is paving the way for the next generation of members. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200 students have participated as interns in the John F. Donohoe Scholarship Fund, created by the GCA to honor its former president. The program continues Mr. Donohoe’s dedication to assisting students in their pursuit of a civil engineering career.
John F. Donohoe had a long and prestigious career in heavy civil construction industry, rising to the position of chairman of Moretrench American Corporation. As president of the GCA, the Associated General Contrators of America and other organizations, he championed the civil engineering profession and was a mentor to all who had the privilege of working with him. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the civil engineering field, in 2009 he received the American Society for Civil Engineering’s highest honor, the OPAL award.
Through their summer internship, students will keep alive Mr. Donohoe’s commitment to the industry through exposure to construction field work, site safety management, cost estimating, project scheduling and other activities related to the heavy civil construction.
To be eligible, students with a major in engineering or construction management must have completed a summer internship with a GCA member after their junior year of college, and then be recommended by that member for the scholarship. GCA then reviews all applications and awards scholarships to qualified students.