Madison Fontenot, a Ville Platte senior in civil engineering at McNeese State University, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Fontenot received one of 10 scholarships awarded to civil engineering students from Louisiana universities for 2022. The Southeastern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (SASHTO) provides funds for these scholarships, which has given nearly 300 scholarships since 2003, totaling to $293,000.
Criteria included good academic standing, GPA and a one-page essay stating how their university courses reflect their interest in transportation.
Fontenot is secretary of the McNeese chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of Cowboy Catholics. She is also a student intern with the Lake Charles DOTD office.
“Madison Fontenot is an outstanding example of our talented and dedicated engineering students,” said Dr. Tim Hall, dean of the McNeese College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. “We appreciate the DOTD, the Louisiana Transportation Research Center and SASHTO for selecting Madison and recognizing her exceptional academic achievements.”
Hall added, “Providing scholarships to talented students with an interest in the transportation field encourages them to pursue their career goal and to become leaders in the transportation industry. McNeese has an exceptionally strong engineering program and we are proud of the many graduates that are working for the DOTD.”