BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — Benjamin Media Inc. and Continuum Capital announced Aug. 31 the recipients of the 2022 Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship. Diego Calderon, of Arlington, Texas; Sara Galante, of Syracuse, New York; Kash Landry, Bossier City, Louisiana; and Zach Wynstra, of South Beloit, Illinois, have each been awarded $2,500 scholarships
This is the second year of the Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship program, which was established to honor Robert H. Westphal in recognition of his impact on the oil and gas pipeline industry. The program is aimed at assisting students interested in pursuing a career in energy construction.
The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship was established by Benjamin Media Inc., publisher of North American Energy Pipelines, and Continuum Capital, in cooperation with SkillsUSA, and was officially announced in November 2020 during Pipeline Leadership Conference.
This scholarship honors Westphal who committed a lifetime of leadership in pipeline construction. He gave back to the industry in many ways, including leadership positions with industry associations and in working with labor organizations. His contribution to the pipeline industry will be recognized by this scholarship that will encourage young people to pursue a career in pipelines.
The four scholarship winners were chosen by a selection committee, and each applicant is pursuing different careers within the energy industry.
Calderon is a PHD student in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is interested in pursuing a career dedicated to sustainable approaches for pipeline construction and renewal, as well as repurposing pipelines for hydrogen.
Galante is an Engineering and Management major at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York. She wants to be involved in projects that help society, helping in both engineering and business aspects.
Landry is a Construction Engineering Technology major at Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, Louisiana. His grandfather was involved in the pipeline industry, and he wants to dedicate his career to energy production in the United States.
Wynstra is a Construction Management major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with an interest in pursuing a master’s in Project Management. He has interned at InterCon and Michels, working on pipeline construction projects.
The scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2022 Pipeline Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-16, at the Embassy Suites The Woodlands/Hughes Landing, in Houston, Texas. To register for the conference, visit plconference.com.
The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship is a five-year program that has been presented annually since 2021. Applications can be submitted from anyone pursing an education at a technical/trade school, community college or university. The award for an individual will be for one year.
Donations to the scholarship fund can be made through SkillsUSA, which is a non-profit organization. Scholarship applicants will be solicited through Benjamin Media publications (North American Energy Pipelines and Trenchless Technology), Continuum Capital and SkillsUSA.
Further details about the Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship, including information on how to donate to the fund, are available at skillsusa.org/bob-westphal.Tags: Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship, Robert Westphal, Scholarship