HARTFORD, CONN. — The Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) Education Foundation has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four students pursuing engineering studies. This is the sixth year that the scholarship opportunity has been extended to undergraduate and graduate civil and structural engineering students at accredited colleges and universities.

Katharine Courtright, Houston, who will be pursuing a degree in civil engineering at the Colorado School of Mines; George T. Alvarez, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who is pursuing a master’s in civil engineering at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona; Matthew Winters, Sandusky, Ohio, who is a civil engineering major at Cleveland State University; and Anthony Thomas Kulesa, Aberdeen, S.D., who is studying civil engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; all received $2,500 awards.

"We’re pleased to once again extend this scholarship opportunity to four exceptional students who are committed to structural and civil engineering studies," said WRI Chairman Mark Brandon. “Our scholarships encourage and advance the study of civil and structural engineering,while raising awareness among all engineers about the applications and benefits of structural Welded Wire Reinforcement (WWR). These students achieved stellar academic records in high school and continue to excel in their college pursuits, internships, and related engineering employment."

Structural WWR is steel reinforcement used across the full range of concrete construction. Unlike competitive products, it is cold-worked, giving it higher yield strength, and is produced in preformed sheets that eliminate the time-consuming job-site layout and tying that is typical of the industry’s predominant concrete reinforcement.

Interested candidates should obtain an application form from the WRI website at http://www.wirereinforcementinstitute.org/. The deadline is April 1 each year. Further questions may be addressed to the WRI at admin@wirereinforcementinstitute.org, or by calling (800) 552-4WRI (4974); Outside U.S., please call: (860) 808-3000 (ext. 356).