Terracon Foundation

The Terracon Foundation strives to become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities we serve. The Terracon Foundation gives through community and university grants and a national partner grant each year.

Community Investment

Learn more about the Terracon Foundation’s types of awards, focus on education and the built and natural environment, and the nomination process.

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2018 Grant Recipients:

The Terracon Foundation awarded $252,500 in grants and scholarships in 2018 and more than $2 million dollars has been awarded since its inception.

National Partner Grants

Ed Prost, P.E., geotechnical services department manager in Terracon’s Omaha office, championed the grant application. The grant funds will be used to support EWB-USA’s mission to build a better world through engineering projects empowering communities to meet their basic human needs and equipping leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

University Grants

For a documentary trailer created by the Southern Environmental Center highlighting Alabama’s unique geology and the role geological variation plays in biodiversity. Trey Noland, grant champion and Birmingham South alumni and board volunteer, Birmingham; and Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center.

For graduate student scholarships in the Environmental Toxicology program. (L to R:) Erin Loyd, Lubbock; Adam Finger, grant champion and TIEHH alumni; Kristina Kohl, Lubbock and TIEHH alumni; Katherine Shaw, Steven Lasse, TIEHH students; Dr. Steve Presley, TIEHH chair; and Dr. Todd Anderson, TIEHH professor.

For a graduate student scholarship in geotechnical engineering. (L to R:) Dr. Amy Cerato, Geotechnical Engineering Department, University of Oklahoma; and Phil Wood, grant champion, Oklahoma City.

For the Terracon Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTSA. (L to R:) Pete Falletta, alumnus, Houston; Laura Campa, College of Engineering advisory council member, grant champion and alumna, Baton Rouge; Dr. JoAnn Browning, UTSA; and Chuck Gregory, San Antonio.

For the purchase of geotechnical testing equipment, pavement design software, technical design presentations, concrete design research, and graduate level scholarships in geotechnical engineering within the Civil Engineering Department.

Virginia Tech Foundation: For Terracon Graduate Fellowships for the 2017/2018 academic year.  Aaron Muck, grant champion, Virginia Tech alum, and member of the Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Alumni Board, Cincinnati.

Community Grants

For furniture, fixtures, and equipment for a new child care facility. (L to R): Nancy Clark, Kristy Stroop, Alliance for Youth; Chad Stroop, grant champion, Great Falls; and Pamela Ramsted, Alliance for Youth.

For support of a STEM-themed merit badge program at the annual Merit Badge College and Boy Scout summer camp. (L to R): Ed Martin, BSA; and Rob Kennerly, grant champion and council executive board member, Greensboro – FAC.

To aide in the construction of an access point to one of the Des Moines Metro’s most popular trails. Aaron Vance, CITA; and Zach Bonzer, grant champion and CITA vice president, Des Moines.

For help rebuilding the organization’s land lab and farm area. Members of the Silver Sands FFA chapter: (L to R): Layla Young, Abby Koerner, Fallyn Fidance, Nico Sllyse (front), Corey Jarvis, president and alumni; Chad Ellis, grant champion and vice president of the FFA’s alumni board, Winter Park; Sierra Hargis, Emily Koerner, Justin Jarvis, and Jarvis Peña and Ben, camper (seated).

For tools and materials for project-based learning with Woodward Career Technical High School and Allied Construction Industries. (L to R:) Jack Scott, grant champion, Cincinnati; Anthony Ricciardi, Allied; Valerie Steinhaus, Jasiona Gary, La’Kiella Peitchett, Woodward; Jace Watson, and Donterrius Byrd, Woodward; Bob Volkman, GCCF; Amani Devaughn Miller, Darius Little, Isaias Gamboa, and Tim Wallace, Woodward; and Lydia Burns, Spirit of Construction Education Advocate.

To help increase the youth served by the Field Learning for Teens program, which inspires a new generation of environmental stewards. Deborah Karasov, Great River Greening, and Eric Hesse, grant champion and Great River Greening committee member/career mentor, White Bear Lake.

For further development and support of STEM-oriented curriculum for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students. (L to R:) Sean Martin, Holy Cross School; Ricky Simon, grant champion and Holy Cross alumni, Jackson; and Dr. Katherine Schilling.

For Adventures in Architecture, a week-long summer camp for students in grades 4-16. Claudia Cackler, IAF, and Sid Juwarker, grant champion and IAF committee member, Des Moines.

For Bradenton Kiwanis Christmas in August program which provides backpacks, school supplies, clothing, and shoes for more than 500 homeless and needy students who will be attending Manatee County Schools. Kiwanis members (L to R): Gretchen Platt, Jan Schaberg, Ray Schaberg, Linda Agresta, William Murphy, Scott Parrish, grant champion and Kiwanis Club member, Sarasota; Brett Pollock, Jane Kocher, and Kelly French.

For STEAM Camp materials. (L to R:) Kristi Switzer, Starside Elementary; Jack, camper; Colby Scanlon, STEAM Camp director; Gina Crawford, grant champion and volunteer teacher, Corporate; Kris Meyer, Starside Elementary; and Lucy, camper; Jessica Brandmeyer, Starside Elementary.


2017 Grant Recipients:

The Terracon Foundation awarded $294,000 in grants and scholarships in 2017 and nearly $1.8 million total.

National Partner Grants

To support SWENEXT: Engaging the Next Generation of Female Engineers for students up to age 18. (L to R:) Jonna Gerken, Society of Women Engineers; Catherine Rocky, grant champion, SWE member and volunteer, Wichita;
Aurora Gray, and Karenna Young, SWENEXT award winners.

For the development, pilot, and rollout of the Girl Scouts’ Math in Nature Badge curriculum for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. (L to R:) Freya Rieken and Rachel Hathcock, Girl Scouts; Karen Rieken, grant champion and Girl Scout volunteer, St. Louis; Bonnie Barczykowski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri; and Olivia Gledhill and Amelia Cosper, Girl Scouts.

University Grants

University of Arizona: For graduate scholarships. Derek Koller, grant champion, Tucson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: For Terracon Foundation Fellowships. Brian Porter, grant champion, St. Louis

University of North Carolina at Charlotte: For female and underrepresented minority scholarships.  Bill Brickey and Michael Phifer, grant champion, Charlotte.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: For the Terracon Graduate Scholarship in Engineering.  Stephanie Rendon, grant champion, Pharr; and Alfonso A. Soto, grant champion and UTRGV advisory board member and guest lecturer, Pharr.

University of Washington: For graduate geotechnical fellowships. Dave Baska, grant champion and UW affiliate associate professor, Seattle.

Virginia Tech Foundation: For Terracon Graduate Fellowships for the 2017/2018 academic year.  Aaron Muck, grant champion, Virginia Tech alum, and member of the Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Alumni Board, Cincinnati.

Community Grants

A New Leaft, Inc.: For the Vocational Training Program including Autism Works.  Justin Cox, grant champion and a New Leaf volunteer, Tulsa.

Boys & Girls Club of Saline County: For the Garden of Hope, Discovery & Dreams. David Hopkins, grant champion and Boys & Girls Club board member, Little Rock. Boys and Girls Club of Saline County:

Christ the King School: For the LEGO Robotics Club. ( Scott Parker, grant champion and LEGO Robotics Club coach.

Field Manor Foundation: For educational programming development and augmentation for the museum, one of the first homesteads in what is now Merritt Island, Fla.  Kevin Jobes, grant champion, Winter Park.

Freshwater Land Trust: For Watercress Darter Habitat Restoration Project.Daniel Gossett, grant champion and Freshwater Land Trust Junior Board member, Birmingham.

For Our Nation®, a fifth-grade program, to 80 classrooms throughout the Quad Cities (Scott and Rock Island counties).  Kathleen Logan, grant champion and Junior Achievement volunteer, Bettendorf.

Lead(h)er: For the Strike a Match program, a free mentoring program open to all women in the region.  Kathleen Logan, grant champion and Lead(h)er volunteer, Bettendorf.

Martha Turner Reilly PTA: For STEM club.Scott Kolodziej, grant champion, Dallas.

Pine Bend Elementary School: For educational field trips. Jennifer Shepard, grant champion and Pine Bend volunteer.

Shawnee Mission Education Foundation: For Project Lead the Way, an engineering program.Championed by Craig Denny, Lenexa.

Tuscon Clean & Beautiful, Inc.: For Trees for Tucson and the YARDS Youth Landscape Maintenance Training program. For almost 10 years, Terracon, a member of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, has performed roadside clean-ups for a 1-mile stretch of road. Derek Koller, grant champion, Tucson.

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.: For Rosie’s Girls, a summer program for girls ages 11 to 13. Dawn Bardone, grant champion, Cincinnati.

2016 Grant Recipients:

The Terracon Foundation awarded $105,500 to grant recipients in the Spring of 2016.

Community Grants

Champion: Natalie Norris, Cheyenne, Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne.

Champion: Vanessa Zambo, corporate office, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.

Champion: Brett Eichler, Charlotte, N.C., Celeste Henkel Elementary School.

Champion: Tamara Grimm, corporate office, Community Help for Autism Spectrum Everywhere.

Champion: Eric Hesse, Saint Paul, Great River Greening.

Champion: Scott Parrish, Sarasota,

Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc.

Champion: David Cobb, Tulsa, Sustainable Tulsa.

Champion: Mike Homan, Tulsa, University of Arkansas.

Champion: Nicole Azmanov, St. Louis, University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Champion: Laura Campa, Baton Rouge, University of Texas at San Antonio.

2015 Grant Recipients:

The Terracon Foundation awarded $110,000 to grant recipients in the Spring of 2015.

Champion: Champion: Phillip Wood, Oklahoma City, University of Oklahoma.

Champion: Champion Laura Campa, San Antonio, University of Texas-San Antonio.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program, $50,000. Champion: Monica Gilmore-Love, Jackson.

Community Grants

Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Champion: Laura Trader, Lenexa.

Oregon State University, Champion: Brice W. Plouse, E.I.T., Portland.

University of Kentucky, Champion: Benjamin W. Taylor, P.E., Louisville.

University of Central Florida, Champion: Amr Sallam, Ph.D., P.E., Winter Park, Fla.