A civil engineering student at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received the nationally competitive Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Award of Merit.
Joseph Lawless, a junior civil engineering major from Dover, Ohio, is one of only 20 students in his service branch to receive a scholarship. To be eligible, nominees must be in the top 25 percent of their engineering and ROTC classes. Lawless received a medal, ribbon and a monetary award.
“I was very surprised to win the scholarship, as it’s a national competition,” said Lawless. “I have to continue to work hard and to have fun with school, because that is what I have been doing so far, and so far so good.”
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin recommended Lawless for the scholarship application.
“His record to date indicates a very serious commitment to his studies. He will almost certainly continue to distinguish himself in his major,” Irwin said. “Given the additional time commitment of Army ROTC, I would certainly place him in the top 10 percent of students in his class,” he added.
After college, Lawless plans to work for the United States Army Corps of Engineers as well as in the structural engineering private sector.
Since 1948, SAME has awarded the scholarship annually to junior and senior engineering students in the ROTC at their educational institutions.