Three Promising Students Receive ASPE Alfred Steele Scholarships

June 28, 2017 — Each year, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Education Committee reviews applications for the Society’s Alfred Steele Scholarship and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Society then awards monies to deserving students who are pursuing a degree in an engineering field.

“The Education Committee did a very thorough review of the applications, and each candidate was ranked based on the information they provided. The Committee was very impressed with the candidates’ achievements and goals and determined that three applicants should be recognized this year. The Committee assigned a monetary value based on the applicants’ ranking, and the Board of Directors unanimously approved the recommendations,” says ASPE President Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE.


ASPE is pleased to announce that the three individuals receiving scholarships this year are:


  • Rachel Gendich, who attends Lawrence Technological University, is studying Architectural Engineering, and has a 3.0 GPA, received $3,000.

  • Samantha Falkowski, who attends the University of Rhode Island, is studying Industrial and Systems Engineering, and has a 3.2 GPA, received $1,500.

  • Cyrus Blackmore, who attends Purdue University, is currently undeclared, and has a 4.0 GPA, received $500.

ASPE is dedicated to ensuring the growth of the plumbing engineering profession, and educating and fostering the next generation of engineers is a major component of that objective. The Society continually promotes the profession through outreach efforts at the grade, middle, and high school levels, via our Student Chapters at colleges and technical schools around the country, and by partnering with institutions such as UCLA Extension to offer courses in plumbing system design. 

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is part of our mission. Named in honor of Alfred Steele, PE, a long-time member of ASPE and a visionary and pioneer in advocating education and professional development for plumbing engineers and designers, the scholarship helps students continue their pursuit of a career in engineering. Applicants are evaluated based on more than just GPA; they must provide evidence of community involvement and personal character through a statement of achievement, an essay describing how engineers could save the human race in the case of an environmental disaster, and personal references.

“The Alfred Steele Scholarship is a very valuable benefit available to our members and provides financial aid to those who are pursuing a career in engineering. There is a constant need for engineers in this industry, and this scholarship plays a very important role in helping today’s students become the engineers of tomorrow. Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship winners, and I wish them well in their engineering studies,” Clemente says.

The deadline for the next Alfred Steele Scholarship is January 31, 2018. For more information, please visit