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SMRP is proud to acknowledge the following scholarship recipients for the 2023 - 2024 academic year

SMRP Scholarship

Oluwasemire Olatunde-Salawu

Electrical and Computer Engineering - University of Missouri Kansas City

I'm Oluwasemire Olatunde-Salawu, a sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMKC. Honored to receive the SMRP scholarship, I'm driven to excel academically. Inspired by my family's engineering legacy, I'm passionate about using science and math to create transformative technologies. I aim to blend technical skills with social impact for innovative community-driven ventures.



SMRP Higher Standards Scholarship

Aidan Hofeldt

Mechanical Engineering - Idaho State University

Aidan is currently a Junior attending Idaho State University in the Mechanical Engineering program. He works as an Intern for FA Engineering; an engineering consulting firm located in Pocatello Idaho. FA does engineering and drafting work generally in the food industry. Typical work for Aidan includes marking up drawings and P&IDs, analyzing pumping systems, and helping in any way to meet deadlines with quality work. He enjoys spending time with his family and partner, specifically outdoors.

Samuel Cedeno

I'm Samuel Cedeno, I was born in Venezuela. I moved to the United States when I was 8 years old, and I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. My list of interests include music, cars, video games, and technology. Currently, I'm in my final year of high school, and I want to pursue mechanical engineering in college.



SMRPCO Dorothy and Jack Nicholas Scholarship

Eberardo Trejo

Mechanical Engineering and Minoring in Computer Science - University of Texas at San Antonio

My name is Eberardo Trejo , I’m a first generation Mexican American studying mechanical engineering and minoring in computer science at the University of Texas at San Antonio! I’m currently in my junior year. At a young age of 11 years old I faced an enormous obstacle which was my father's incarceration, which resulted in my mother having to raise 3 children on her own during this time. Which forced us to go from place to place due to my mother not being able to afford housing for us. Throughout this time I felt very sad that my family and I didn’t have a place to truly call our own. But as time went on we were fortunate enough to have several friends and family who helped bring us from the ground to the sky! Now that I’m 21 years old I can officially say that me and my family have a 4 bedroom house to truly call our own ! On top of this I’m also leading and creating a new path for my siblings to follow being the first stepping stone to a beautiful bright future full of endless opportunities! My story is the definition of overcoming adversity and financial hardship!


SMRP Legacy of Excellence Scholarship

German Felipe Laiton Hernández

Civil Engineering Student -  Illinois Institute of Technology

German Laiton expressed: "I am truly humbled and immensely grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of The SMRP Legacy of Excellence Scholarship. Your generosity and the support of organizations like SMRP play an indispensable role in enabling students like me to chase our dreams and aspire to make meaningful contributions to the world. I eagerly anticipate being an active member of the SMRP community, attending the SMRP conference, and immersing myself in educational resources".



SMRP is proud to acknowledge the following scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Legacy of Excellence Scholarship

Tyler Kleinsasser

Industrial Engineering - Engineering Management, South Dakota School of Mines 

A graduate student from the SD School of Mines & Technology, Tyler strives to continue his lifelong learning and pursue a challenging and rewarding career. While at university, he has participated in extracurricular clubs including student government, residence life, and other volunteering organizations. In his free time, he enjoys activities like hiking, exercise, sports, game nights, and learning about technology.

SMRP Scholarship

Minahil Rasim

Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta

Minahil Rasim is a fourth year student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. She has demonstrated her passion for maintenance through her work in implementing a Predictive Maintenance Program centered around Vibration Analysis at EPCOR. Minahil also interned at PepsiCo where she focused on improving efficiency, decreasing downtime and ensuring her projects were striving towards continuous growth.

SMRPCO Dorothy and Jack Nicholas Scholarship

Benjamin Burlovic

Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Benjamin Burlovic is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He is currently working on research to develop an image classification AI to perform real-time defect detection of cellular glass for his thesis. His other involvements include being an a Sports Economics course grader, AKPsi Business Fraternity, and the Schreyer Consulting Group

Higher Standards Scholarship

Paige Palazzo

Mechanical Engineering, University of South Alabama

Paige Palazzo is from Diamondhead, Mississippi. She is a junior at the University of South Alabama where she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Paige is currently interning at Airbus at their Mobile, Alabama location where the design and manufacturing of aircrafts takes place. Paige works to make processes more efficient, saving the company time and expense.

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