For the second year, The DFI Educational Trust is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
By participating in #GivingTuesday, the DFI Educational Trust hopes to raise additional funds to support and encourage students studying in the fields of geotechnical and foundation engineering by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundations industry leaders. Since 2006, the DFI Educational Trust has awarded $750,000 to over 200 students attending universities across the U.S.
“We encourage professionals and companies in the deep foundations industry to donate to the Trust on #GivingTuesday,” says Byrl Williams, chair, DFI Educational Trust. “DFI recognizes that the future of our industry depends upon our ability to encourage and engage promising young engineers to consider careers in the deep foundations industry.”
“Your scholarship means a great deal to me both financially and emotionally,” explains Preston Fittro of Auburn University in Alabama and the recipient of a scholarship from the DFI Educational Trust. “From hard work comes success, and receiving this scholarship has motivated me even more to continue in my studies and strive for the best until graduation and on into my career as a civil engineer.”
To donate to the DFI Educational Trust’s #GivingTuesday initiative on November 29, 2016, visit http://dfitrust.org/donate.asp. The DFI Educational trust is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, contributions to the Trust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.