This spring, two deserving Grambling and Southern University students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program will each be awarded a $3,000 scholarship from CH2M HILL. The scholarship checks were presented by CH2M HILL Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Howlie Davis, to the Presidents of Southern University and Grambling State during the Bayou Classic football game.

CH2M HILL has long been an advocate of STEM education, and is actively involved in educating children and students through programs such as Engineers Week, World Water Monitoring Day, and a myriad of classroom interactions and presentations for elementary through college-age students in local Louisiana communities. The firm also offers an engaging internship program where the majority of the interns are placed in permanent engineering jobs within the company upon completion. These scholarships reflect CH2M HILL’s commitment to promoting science education in Louisiana.

This year, Latrice Hardy, a CH2M HILL intern and Southern University engineering student, was honored at the Bayou Classic as the 2011 Employee of the Year. The firm’s Operations and Management Business Group President, Elisa Speranza, presented Latrice with the award. “We’re so proud of Latrice, and glad we could be a part of a great tradition celebrating the contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the Bayou Classic,” Speranza said. “Their efforts to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math align very well with our commitment to education.”

Last year, CH2M HILL recognized Joshua Joseph as Employee of the Year. He was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Southern University where he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as a Senior Technologist for the Water Business Group in CH2M HILL’s Baton Rouge office.

CH2M HILL has delivered environmental, water and wastewater projects throughout Louisiana. The firm is assisting the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans in providing safe drinking water through restoration of the City’s water supply system from Hurricane Katrina damage. Including the implementation of a $1.3B Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Control and Wastewater Facilities Program in Baton Rouge and Program Management for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the firm works closely with the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to undertake coastal protection and restoration projects.

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