Lehigh Valley 
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
In May 2015 the Lehigh Valley Chapter awarded four $2,000 scholarships to local high school seniors who have been accepted to engineering programs.

Scholarship winners Julie Hoffman, Thomas Thachil, Sienna Dale Kofka McNett and Alexis Gawelko, 
flanked by Chapter President Kevin Campbell, PE on the left, and Scholarship Committee Chairman 
Al Dezubay, PE on the right.

Alexis Gawelko will be graduating from Northwestern Lehigh High School and go on to attend Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College to study Civil Engineering. She is Vice President of Key Club, a member of FCCLA Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Track and Field where she participates in the hurdles and high jump events. She has been recognized as a Lehigh University High School Scholar, FCCLA Environmental Ambassador State Gold Medalist, Soccer Scholar Athlete, and a National Youth Delegate at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. She also regularly participates in community service as a volunteer at Miracle League, the Northern Lehigh Food Bank, and various other organizations through service clubs.

Julie Hoffman will graduate from Allentown Central CatholicHigh School and plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering to study Bioengineering with a concentration on prosthetic engineering.  At Central she participated in Science Olympiad and Pennsylvania Math League; she won a 2015 Anatomy and Physiology Regional fourth place.  Julie played volleyball, basketball, and track and field, earning a total of eight varsity letters.  She holds her high school’s high jump record, won track and field most valuable player awards, and was named to District and All State volleyball first teams.  She enjoys recreational sports, adventuring, and reading.  She would like to extend her thanks to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers for helping to make her college and future dreams a reality, her parents Chris Hoffman and Mary Rooney for offering her every opportunity for success, and her sister Michaella Hoffman for driving her to become the best version of herself.

Sienna Dale Kofka McNett is graduating from Liberty High School and will attend Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University in the fall to pursue a major in biological or biomedical engineering. With a degree in engineering, Sienna hopes to address world problems related to hunger, agriculture, and health. She has maintained high honor roll throughout her four years of high school and has participated in many activities such as National Honor Society as a board member, school newspaper as chief photography editor, science olympiad with medals in entomology and cell biology, and a varsity track and field sprinter. Sienna likes to cook, play guitar, garden, and blog in her free time. She is also very involved in community service and works with organizations such as Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program, Lehigh Valley Academy, and as a Sunday School teacher. Sienna attended the PA Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences last summer. She has also won several other awards, such as the DAR Good Citizen Award, UNICO Scholarship, National Honorable Mention in the DuPont Science Essay Competition, Questbridge College Prep Scholar, Moravian Dean Scholar, and Coca-Cola Scholars Semi-finalist.

Thomas Thachil, son of Rajeeve and Mini Thachil, is graduating from Easton Area High School and will be attending Georgia Tech to study computer engineering. He is the president of the Technology Student Association chapter, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter, and contributes to the community as Vice President of the EAHS Key Club. In addition, he is a member of the varsity Scholastic Scrimmage team and the National Honor Society. He has played varsity tennis and plays the violin in the orchestra. Thomas has participated in a summer robotics course and the Management & Technology Summer Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received awards as an AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, and was a National Finalist in the 2013 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad. He has also won awards at many TSA and FBLA competitions, as well as for science fair projects with PJAS,

The Lehigh Valley Society of Professional Engineers would like to thank the following businesses for their financial support of our scholarship program. The support of these firms and individuals has made it possible to provide this year's scholarships. These firms deserve our thanks for their generosity and willingness to provide donations assisting these promising students in their commitment to pursue a degree and carrier in engineering. This year’s donors are:

Senior Level

FLSmidth, Inc.

      Bethlehem, PA

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

      Coopersburg, PA


      Allentown, PA

Victaulic Company

      Easton, PA

Junior Level

Barry Isett & Associates

      Allentown, Valley Forge, Hazleton,  and Forty Fort, PA; Phillipsburg, NJ

Bridge Gap Engineering

      Northampton, PA

Hanover Engineering Associates

      Bethlehem, PA

Pennoni Associates, Inc.

      Bethlehem, PA


      Lancaster, PA

The Pidcock Company

      Allentown, PA

Sophomore Level

Advantage Engineers

      Allentown, PA

Borton Lawson Engineering

      Bethlehem, PA

DME Alliance

      Allentown, PA

McTish, Kunkle & Associates

      Allentown, PA

Newton Engineering

      Allentown, PA

Peak Technical Staffing USA

      Horsham, PA

Staffeld Engineering Services

      Center Valley, PA

Freshman Level

Civil & Forensic Engineering

      Bethlehem, PA

J.P. Mascaro & Sons

      Audubon, PA

Keystone Consulting Engineers

      Bethlehem, Wescosville, and Kresgeville, PA

Kohn Engineering

      Macungie, PA

Monarch Precast Concrete Corporation

      Allentown, PA

R. Peruzzi, Inc.

      Bethlehem, PA

Alfred Gruenke, P.E.

Grayson McNair, P.E.

Kevin T. Campbell, P.E.

Michael F. Basta, P.E.

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