Southeast Student Awarded MCA Scholarship for Spring 2012

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 21, 2011 – Dustin Schroeder, a Southeast Missouri State University student from Jackson, Mo., has been awarded a Missouri Concrete Association (MCA) scholarship for the spring 2012 semester.

The Missouri Concrete Association (MCA) Scholarship program provides a $500 scholarship to Southeast Missouri State and the School of Polytechnic Studies to be awarded to a student seeking a degree in an area of study relating to careers in the “ready mixed concrete and related industries.

To be eligible, students should be at least sophomores (30 or more hours completed) and be seeking a degree in an area of study that would benefit his or her success in a potential career in the ready mixed concrete or related industries. Schroeder wrote a letter to the Southeast MCA Scholarship Committee explaining why he should receive the $500 MCA scholarship and how his potential career field relates to the ready mixed concrete or related industries. The letter also explains how the scholarship will help him reach his career goals.

Schroeder plans to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in technology management, construction management and design option. He says he has a good chance of getting a job related to ready mixed concrete since he has been working in the civil engineering field for five years.

“I have designed multiple subdivisions, streets, sanitary and storm sewer cast-in-place structures, wastewater treatment facilities and commercial developments,” he said, adding he also has designed parking lots, including phase four of the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility at Southeast and Cape Central High School’s new football stadium.

All of these projects dealt with ready mixed concrete and supervising concrete testing on multiple projects, he said.

“My potential career will deal with all aspects of ready mixed concrete, including specifying, ordering and testing,” he wrote in his letter of application. “No matter what field I will be going in to, I will be dealing with ready mixed concrete in one way, shape or form.”

Schroeder says he has been working full time to cover his living expenses while attending classes at Southeast.

“The scholarship will help me finalize my degree by helping to cover the cost of book rental, lab fees and class fees instead of having to take out as much in student loans to cover the remaining costs of my education,” he said. “This will allow me to pay off my student loans faster when I do obtain a career after I graduate this spring.”