WESTFIELD, MA – September 17, 2014 –The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce four Tighe & Bond college scholarships awards. The scholarship awards honor several of Tighe & Bond’s s former leaders and provide support for local college students pursuing engineering degrees. Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers a charitable endowment of 550 funds, which have been created either for the benefit of or by residents of the Pioneer Valley.
According to David Pinsky, President and CEO of the civil and environmental engineering firm, “Tighe & Bond established these annual scholarships to memorialize the careers and contributions of three former leaders of the company who were instrumental in setting the direction and success of the company for more than 40 years. Our goal is to help fund higher education for promising young students who are pursuing engineering careers.” He adds, “We can see from the quality of students that the Community Foundation supports that these funds are being administered wisely to recipients who can go on to make the world a better place.”
Tighe & Bond established its first memorial scholarship fund in 1996 to honor past president George H. McDonnell, and in 1999 set up another scholarship to honor past president, Edward J. Bayon. In 2006, the firm established yet another scholarship to honor past president Philip W. Sheridan. This year’s Tighe & Bond scholarship recipients are described below.
Scott Barber, a 2014 graduate of Agawam High School, is a recipient of the Philip W. Sheridan – Tighe & Bond Scholarship that is awarded to graduating seniors from Hampshire or Hampden counties. He plans to attend Western New England University to study civil engineering. Travis Rossen, a 2014 graduate of West Springfield High School, is also a recipient of this scholarship. He plans to attend Norwich University to study engineering.
Ryan Kirton, a 2014 graduate of Holyoke High School, is the recipient of the Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to graduating Holyoke seniors. He plans to attend the Lehigh University of Rochester to study engineering.
Michael Moses, a 2014 graduate of South Hadley High School, is the recipient of the George H. McDonnell Scholarship that is awarded to graduating South Hadley seniors. He plans to attend the University of Rhode Island to study engineering.
Tighe & Bond
Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Pocasset, Westfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Engineering News Record annually ranks Tighe & Bond among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally. ZweigWhite also has recognized Tighe & Bond several times as one of the best engineering firms to work for in the nation. With a team of more than 250 employees, Tighe & Bond provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate, energy, and water/wastewater markets.