October 01, 2013

MCA Student Chapter Receives Grant

From left: Jessica Mendez, Wesley Tagget, and Logen Johnson

Wentworth’s Mechanical Contractors Association student chapter received the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation Chapter of Excellence Grant for the 2012-2013 school year. The $7,500 grant is awarded to honor chapters across the country that display exemplary performance throughout the year and to promote the further expansion of the chapter.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)’s Career Development Committee chooses the winners based on a point-based set of criteria, including organization and communication, activities and volunteer work, and accomplishments outside of the chapter in the mechanical field.

Of the $7,500, $2,500 was allotted for chapter usage, and the remaining $5,000 was given to selected student members as scholarships.

“We wanted to award the members who showed leadership, interest, and commitment to the club,” said Associate Professor Cristina Cosma (Construction Management), one of the chapter’s advisors.

The scholarships were awarded to Logen Johnson, Electromechanical Engineering ’14; Jessica Mendez, Construction Management ’15; and Wesley Tagget, Construction Management ’14.

“Receiving this scholarship, I am taking one step closer to success,” said Mendez. “Giving back to my community is very important to me, and being able to say that I can make a difference in my community means a lot.” Mendez does continuous volunteer work at the Waltham Salvation Army as a Spanish-to- English translator and tutor, and has also volunteered at the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of Boston.

In October, the chapter will attend the MCAA’s yearly student summit in Memphis, Tenn., where students from schools across the country will compare and exchange ideas, learn about potential career opportunities, and receive the details about the project for this year’s student competition. 

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