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Professional Engineers in Industry Scholarship is a $2,500 award. Applicants must be sponsored by a NSPE member. Students who are children, dependents, or relatives of NSPE members are given preference in the scholarship selection process. Students must have completed a minimum of two semesters or three quarters of undergraduate engineering studies (or be enrolled in graduate study) in a program accredited by the ABET.
2014 PEI Scholarship Award
My name is Dustin Arvola and I am a junior engineering student at Trine University. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree with minors in Metallurgy and Mathematics. Coming into college, I had a vision of what I wanted to accomplish during my four years. First and foremost being that I wanted to expand my knowledge and earn my BSME degree. The second being that I wanted to develop and define who I would be for the rest of my life. The third being that I wanted to be a role model for others by holding myself to a high standard.
In my two years at Trine, the decisions I have made follow closely to this vision. Currently, I have earned 76 credit hours while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. My education is an investment, and I recognize that giving less than my best would be holding myself short of what I know I can achieve. My classes are not easy, but my desire to do my best always helps me push through any difficult subjects. I have been involved in twelve different organizations and have held a total of nine executive board positions. The most notable position I have held would be Vice President of Trine University’s Student Government. These positions have helped me grow to become wiser and more mature in the way I approach problems. I take pride in being a campus leader. It has been through my involvement in The Delta Chi Fraternity that I have been exposed to multiple philanthropic opportunities. Last semester, I had logged nearly sixty service hours for philanthropy events. In the community, I participated in a Christian retreat program called Christ Renews His Parish, and a mission trip to New York City through the university’s Campus Christian House. Volunteering has taught me the value of being selfless.
I have acquired nearly two years of engineering work experience already. Last summer I interned at Steel Dynamics, Inc. working as a project manager in the casting department. I currently am finishing up my cooperative education program working for Dometic Corporation as a product engineer. Upon graduation, I will pursue a career in upper management where I will work for either a company or engineering firm closely related to the defense industry. I am a very busy individual, but I enjoy it that way. The most important thing I have learned at college so far is how to manage and lead my own life.