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ACAA Educational Foundation

Mission Statement:

The ACAA Educational Foundation is a financially self-sustaining, not-for-profit organization which promotes understanding of CCP management and utilization through communications and outreach initiatives that are aimed at government and industry decision makers and the public. Foundation initiatives consist of awarding university level scholarships, development and distribution of educational materials, financial support for research, and sponsorship of CCP forums. – Last updated June 28, 2006

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2020 Scholarship Winners

The American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation (ACAAEF) awarded 13 scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students with interest in the management and beneficial use of coal combustion products. The cash awards ranged from $1,500 to $5,000 and went to applicants representing a wide variety of fields of study, including civil engineering, material science, environmental engineering, and public policy.

Farzaneh Elyasigorji, of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, earned a $5,000 David C. Goss Scholarship. Elyasigorji ‘s essay discussed the use of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum for production of fire-resistant polymeric materials.

Zhipeng Li, of Washington State University, earned a $5,000 David C. Goss Scholarship. Li’s essay discussed developing a novel steel tube concrete using expansive geopolymer binder based on coal fly ash and nanomaterial.

Daniel Benkeser, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, earned a $2,500 John Faber Scholarship. Benkeser’s essay discussed testing of ash stored in surface impoundments to determine the suitability of its physical, chemical, and mechanical characteristics for use in concrete.

Mohammed Dardona, of Wayne State University, earned a $2,500 John Faber Scholarship. Dardona’s essay discussed the investigation, evaluation, and proposal of a process to extract rare earth elements from fly ash.

Casey Sundberg, of Michigan Technological University, earned a $2,500 John Faber Scholarship. Sundberg’s essay discussed the use of fly ash-based alkali-activated materials as a replacement for portland cement-based binders in concrete.

Ying Wang, of the University of Miami, earned a $2,500 John Faber Scholarship. Wang’s essay discussed strategies for improving the Strength Activity Index test for fly ash.

Amanda Basantis, of the University of Virginia, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Basantis’ essay discussed promoting or enhancing the sustainable and environmentally responsible utilization of coal combustion products.

Eberechi Ichi, of the University of North Dakota, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Ichi’s essay discussed the multi-varied economical, sustainable, and environmental roles and impacts of coal combustion products.

Engy Khoshit, of Drexel University, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Khoshit’s essay discussed the use of sodium hydroxide solvent with bottom ash and off-spec fly ash to create aggregates for use on a large scale, cutting costs for construction and reducing waste.

Ifeanyi Mbah, of Tufts University, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Mbah’s essay discussed the use of coal ash as a component of a synthetic lightweight aggregate.

Dimitrios Porter, of Wayne State University, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Porter’s essay discussed sequential processing of coal fly ash.

Sivakumar Ramanathan, of the University of Miami, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Ramanathan’s essay discussed reactivity and synergies in blended fly ashes.

Pravin Saraswatula, of Texas A&M University, earned a $1,500 ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship. Saraswatula’s essay discussed the linking of pore solution chemistry of concrete with coal combustion products to alkali-silica reaction potential through machine learning as a performance-based approach.

The ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is an annual competition that aims to foster and support students’ interests in CCP research and sustainable use.

BY LAWS – LAST UPDATED JUNE 28, 2006