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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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.