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Terracon Foundation Announces Grant to the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment

posted 09.08.2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a university grant in the amount of $2,500 to support an Acara Venture Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

The Terracon Foundation university grants support graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, purchase of equipment, and similar programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, based on employee recommendations.

Acara is an impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops, and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.

David M. Svingen, P.E., P.G., from Terracon’s Omaha office, championed the grant. Fred Rose, director of Acara, and Brian Bell, assistant director of Acara, proudly accepted the award.

“Acara offers emerging entrepreneurs the opportunity to envision and launch impact ventures in the U.S. and abroad. We will use Terracon’s support to help fund an additional Acara Venture Scholarship and to give a passionate, deserving civil engineering student the opportunity to put his or her classroom education and desire to change the world for the better, into action,” said Rose.

The Terracon Foundation, established in 2008, also provides a broad range of grants to employee-championed community organizations, employee-dependent scholarships, and an annual national partner grant.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit