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2021 Region 5 Grant Program

Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning December 1, 2020

The upcoming

 year holds many opportunities for ASCE.  Region 5 will be offering mini-grants to help your group promote ASCE.

Proposals up to $1,500 are eligible for Region 5 Grants.  One grant proposal is required per project. Grants are intended for Sections or Branches to fund a single component of a larger program or for a one-time expense. A short proposal and report is required for each grant request.

Proposal Selection Process

Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning December 1, 2020. The Region 5 Governors will evaluate grant proposals and select projects for FY21 funding.

Sections/Branches will be notified of the status of their proposals via email to Section/Branch presidents and treasurers within 60 days of application receipt.

Funding priority will be given to projects that are new initiatives for Sections and Branches and projects that have a measurable impact on a desired audience. The Region recognizes that all Sections and Branches have different resources, needs and goals; it’s the Region’s goal that these funds will help make programs available to Sections and Branches that may not have the existing resources.

Submission Deadline

Proposals must be received by August 1, 2021.  2021 Region 5 Grant proposals must be submitted via:

  1. E-mail an electronic copy of your proposal to; or
  2. Mail proposals to:      Jennifer Sloaz Ziegler; 647 Muirwood Circle;  Ridgeland, MS 39157

Please note that no proposal is deemed received until the submitting Section or Branch receives electronic notification from Shelly Watson that the proposal has been received.

Proposal Selection Criteria

Region 5 Grants are merit-based awards for items and events that correspond to some FY21 Region initiatives. Sections and Branches are encouraged to be creative and inventive in their proposals and to leverage existing efforts of the Section/Branch.

FY21 Region Initiatives:

  1. ASCE Outreach Programs – ASCE has a variety of pre-college outreach programs ( but relies on Section/Branch help to administer these programs. Some examples of eligible grant programs include:
    1. Purchase of ASCE pre-college outreach materials
    2. Providing Dream Big curriculum, posters, or other materials for local schools
    3. Outreach for ASCE Future World Vision program
  2. Section/Branch Leadership Development – participation in leader training programs where funding need is demonstrated.

Example:  ASCE hosts an annual Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC).  The 2021 MRLC will be held June 11-12 in Charlotte, NC.  In conjunction with this event, Region 5 will be hosting a Region Assembly on Thursday the 10th prior to the conference.  To help support attendance at the MRLC and assembly, Sections or Branches can request additional travel stipends to cover attendees outside of the Society’s reimbursed delegate. Applicant must detail a rationale for why additional attendees are desired and why outside funding is necessary.  A report of the past Section/Branch attendance at MRLCs would be helpful in determining need.

  1. Student Member Transition – the Region is interested in helping facilitate Student member transition, and as such is interesting in supporting programs that help encourage graduating student members to stay connected with ASCE.  Programs may include:
    1. Member “graduation” events to recognize graduating seniors.
    2. Purchase and award of ASCE Graduation stoles to recognize graduating seniors.
    3. Activities to establish connections between student groups and Sections/Branches.

Award Criteria:

  1. Region 5 Grant proposals from Younger Member Forums or Student Chapters must be submitted through their Sections, with Section approval.
  2. Region 5 Grant proposals from Student Chapters must include the approval of their faculty advisor.
  3. All projects should be completed by September 1, 2021 to be eligible for funding in the 2022 Region 5 Grant cycle (see section on ‘Project Completion and Final Reports’).  Applications will not be accepted for projects already complete.
  4. Grant proposals for the following items will not be considered by Region 5:
    1. Scholarships, cash prizes or memorials.
    2. Office equipment, assets or other capital investments.
    3. Event sponsorships or endorsements.
    4. Student conferences/competitions.

If you have any questions about the eligibility of a program, contact Jennifer Sloan Ziegler at or 662-418-0613.

Click to download the 2021 Region 5 Grant Program Guidelines (docx) 


2021 Region 5 Awards Criteria




Region 5 is countinuing a Region 5 Awards program in 2021.  The below categories are open for nomination:

  1. Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year - awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer that is active within the Region.
  2. Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year - awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer, age 35 of less that is active within the Region.
  3. Region 5 Civil Engineering Student of the Year - is awarded annually to one recipient to recognize an outstanding Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology Student, enrolled in a Civil Engineering undergraduate program in the 2020-2021 academic school year.
  4. Region 5 Wall of Fame - a designation to honor Civil Engineers that have made a substantial contribution to ASCE, Region 5, and the Civil Engineering community.  Nominations will be considered annually, with no more than 3 candidates selected for the honor in a given year.

Eligibility of the Award

Nominees must be submitted by a Region 5 Section. Only 1 nomination per Section, per award, may be submitted each year.  The selection process is based on the nominees contributions to the region, society, profession, the public welfare, and/or humankind as listed under the purpose of the award. 


  1. Nominee for Civil Engineer of the Year must be a licensed Professional Engineer and must be an ASCE Member in good standing.
  2. Nominee for Younger Civil Engineer of the Year must be an ASCE Member or Associate Member and must be an ASCE member in good standing.
  3. Nominee for Engineering Student of the Year must be an ASCE Student Member in good standing enrolled in an undergraduate Civil Engineering Student.
  4. Nominee for the Region 5 Wall of Fame must be a Fellow or Life Member of ASCE at least 55 years or older, made significant contributions to the Civil Engineering Profession, supported and promoted ASCE, Region 5, and the Civil Engineering Profession, and be endorsed by two Licensed Professional Engineers not on the Board of Directors of the nominating branch.

Nomination Criteria

The following sections present the award nomination criteria that will be considered. The information can be typed and submitted as attachments to this form, or the information can be entered electronically, lengthening the form as needed.  Nomination should be a maximum of 5 pages.  Points may be deducted if longer than 5 pages.

  1. ASCE Involvement: ASCE activities during the past five years, including offices held and awards (20 Points).
  2. Professional/Technical Society Involvement: Other professional/technical society activities during the past five years, including offices held and awards (20 Points).
  3. Civic and Humanitarian Organization Involvement: Civic and humanitarian organization activities in during the past five years, including positions held (20 Points).
  4. Engineering Achievements: Submit narrative supporting nominee’s project achievements (40 Points).

Additional Requirements

  1. A statement of 100 words maximum (one page, double spaced) that supports the nomination showing achievement in Civil Engineering. Statement will include description of awards received in recognition of Civil Engineering accomplishments. NOTE: The statements of the nominees selected for the Civil Engineer of the Year Awards will be used in Region Award announcements and on the Region webpage.
  2. A nomination letter signed by the sponsor Section. (not included in total page count).
  3. A resume would be helpful to the judges but is not obligatory (not included in total page count).
  4. A photograph will be required from the winning nominees.
  5. Name and address of a local newspaper.

Submittal Requirements

Submittal Deadline:  JUNE 1, 2021

Send the completed form to the following address:

Click to download the 2021 Awards Nomination Form (.doc)

Award Presentation

Award winners will be contacted by October 1, 2021. 

Awards will be presented at a local Section or Branch function.


For questions, please contact Rudy Simoneaux at or (225) 342-0981.


Society Committees


Share your expertise, support ASCE and join your peers on a Society committee! Committees are a great way to contribute to the Society beyond your Section, Branch, Younger Member Group, or Institute. Many civil engineers share technical and professional knowledge by serving on ASCE committees that support the Society's vision and mission to advance civil engineering practice.

The committee application should open on January 2021 and close in March 2021.

You can use the following link to access the committee application. ASCE has five standing Society committees that report directly to the Board of Direction, and each committee has subcommittees. Committee appointments are typically a three-year commitment. If you apply and are not selected, you may be asked to serve as a Corresponding Member. These members are not funded to travel but have access to the committee and conference calls. It is a great way to get involved and perhaps fill a member slot on the committee when one becomes available. If you have any questions about the committees or the application process, please contact one of your Region 5 Governors.

The Society committee structure:

Committee on Advancing the Profession (CAP)

  • Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Committee on Ethical Practice
  • Committee on Leadership and Management
  • Committee on Licensure
  • Committee on the Civil Engineering Technologist
  • History and Heritage Committee
  • Public Agency Peer Review Committee
  • Committee on Pre-College Outreach
  • Committee on Sustainability
  • Raise the Bar Committee 

Committee on Education (COE)

  • Committee on Accreditation
  • Committee on Faculty Development
  • Department Heads Coordinating Council

Committee on Technical Advancement (CTA)

  • Codes and Standards Committee
  • Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate
  • Executive Committees of the Divisions (Aerospace, Cold Regions Engineering, Computing, Energy, Forensic Engineering, Infrastructure Resilience and Wind Engineering) 

Member Communities Committee (MCC)

  • Committee on Student Members
  • Committee on Younger Members
  • Leader Training Committee

Public Policy Committee (PCC)

  • Energy, Environment and Water Policy Committee
  • Engineering Practice Policy Committee
  • Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee
  • Key Contact Committee
  • State Government Relations Committee
  • Transportation Policy Committee
  • Committee for America's Infrastructure

The charge for each committee can be found in the Official Register which you can download for free at


ASCE Staff Directory


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