This scholarship is awarded to a graduate level student studying in a field closely related to the goals of CASFM. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in Colorado and registered to take at least 3 credit-hours of coursework per semester. Eligible programs of study include, but are not limited to, hydrology, hydraulics, watershed management, floodplain management, stormwater management, stormwater quality, emergency response, meteorology and climatology.
CASFM has $2500 available for the 2017-2018 academic year. Application packages must be received by October 16, 2017.
Ben Urbonas Scholarship Application
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote interest among students and the engineering community in CASFM and to promote the goals of the organization. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program closely related to CASFMs goals at a College or University in the State of Colorado and be registered to take at least 3 credit-hours of coursework per semester. Eligible programs of study include, but are not limited to, hydrology, hydraulics, watershed management, floodplain management, stormwater management, stormwater quality, emergency response, meteorology and climatology. The scholarship recipient will also have the option to make a brief presentation on their research project at the 2018 annual CASFM conference held in September. Registration and three nights lodging at the conference is included if the recipient commits to make a presentation by the registration deadline (typically in August).
Selection Process: Three applicants will be short-listed based on this application and a short essay (up to 500 words; attach to application) describing their personal and career goals and how they relate to the goals of CASFM. Short-listed applicants will be notified by November 3, 2017. A panel will hold a short (approximately 20 minute) interview with short-listed applicants in mid-November at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District office in Denver. The successful candidate will be notified by December 1, 2017. Funds will be disbursed by check directly to the student.
2016 - 2017
The 2016-2017 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Brik Zivkovich. He is enrolled as a Doctoral Student of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver within the coordinated joint PhD program at the Boulder campus. His dissertation will focus on improving links and developing software to aid stormwater professionals, city governments, and other municipalities in understanding vegetative management impacts on floodplains and flood hydraulics as well as involvement with a new educational research committee focusing on acid mine drainage remediation.
2015 - 2016
The 2015-2016 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Brad Bettag. Brad is a full-time water resources engineer at CH2M as well as a full-time graduate student. He obtained his Professional Engineering (PE) license in December of 2013 and is pursuing a master’s degree in the Hydraulics and Hydrology program at the University of Colorado at Denver. Brad is interested in stormwater in urban environments, which includes low impact design, urban channels, water conveyance systems, and stream restoration projects within the urban corridor.
2014 - 2016
The 2014-2015 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Tyler Rosburg. Tyler is a graduate student at Colorado State University where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with coursework in hydrology, hydraulics and river restoration. Following graduation in the spring of 2015, Tyler plans to pursue licensure as a professional engineer and hydrologist.
2013 - 2014
The 2013-2014 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Tony Tran. Tony is a Colorado native where he completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) in 2009. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s in Civil Engineering with an area of emphasis in Hydrology and Hydraulics at UCD. In addition, to his academic studies, he is a registered engineer intern in Colorado and is working full-time for a local water resources consulting firm. In the Spring of 2014, he plans to graduate and pursue his professional engineer registration.
2012 - 2013
The 2012-2013 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Henok (Henny) Debesu. Henny is pursuing a graduate study at University of Colorado Denver in Hydraulics/Hydrology Engineering and plans to graduate in Fall 2013.
2011 - 2012
The 2011-2012 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Jamie Prochno. Jamie is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver where she is majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Engineering and anticipates graduating Fall of 2015.
2010 - 2011
The 2010-2011 CASFM Ben Urbonas Scholarship recipient is Brian Christopher. Brian is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver where he is a candidate for a Masters in Environmental Sciences. He anticipates graduating May 2012.
2009 - 2010
The 2009-2010 CASFM Scholarship recipient is Jason Messamer, who is obtaining his Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He is currently working on a stormwater sampling project in partnership with the City of Fort Collins, CO in an effort to evaluate the performance of several stormwater best management practices (BMPs).
2008 - 2009
The 2008-2009 CASFM Scholarship recipient is Steve Roznowski from Colorado State University. Steve graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan Tech in 2008 and is now pursuing a masterâ€™s degree at CSU under the direction of Dr. Larry Roesner.
2007 - 2008
The 2007-2008 CASFM Scholarship recipient is Jeffrey Y. Cheng, a PhD candidate in Water Resources Engineering at the University of Colorado.
2006 - 2007
Rob Rahrs, our 2006/2007 scholarship recipient, graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology/ Climatology in May 2000, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Engineering degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CU Denver focused on hydrologic processes.
2005 - 2006
The 2005-06 CASFM Scholarship recipient is Nancy Steinberger of Loveland, Colorado. In addition to her full-time studies as a PhD candidate at Colorado State University Nancy works part time for Michael Baker Jr.
2004 - 2005
The 2004-2005 CASFM Scholarship has been awarded to Leif Embertson. Leif received his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Oregon State University in 2001.
2003 - 2004
Kelly Hargadin is the recipient of the 2003/04 CASFM scholarship, a full-time project manager with the City of Thornton.
2002 - 2003
The first CASFM scholarship was awarded to Jeremy Shaw, a graduate student in Watershed Hydrology at Colorado State University.