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Keith E Fenton Memorial Scholarship Established

Posted on May 30, 2024
Keith E Fenton Memorial Scholarship Established
The Engineers and Geoscientists BC Foundation has recently established the Keith E Fenton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, valued at $4,000, supports a BC high school graduate entering a civil engineering program in BC and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community activities, a recommendation, and a student statement.

Keith Fenton, P.Eng., was a proud professional engineer and wore the iron ring on his pinkie with pride. He grew up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, where his engineering career started by chance in 1957. He took a Friday off work to tag along with a friend on a trip to Calgary where they ran into another friend who had started studying engineering. The friend introduced Keith to one of his engineering instructors, who interviewed Keith on the spot. Keith went back to Rocky Mountain House, packed up his belongings on Saturday, moved to Calgary on Sunday, and started studying engineering on Monday. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Idaho as a civil engineer.

Keith practised briefly in Alberta and Saskatchewan before moving to BC, where he worked for 45 years in the private sector, for the City of Kamloops, and at the company he co-founded. Keith was known for being generous with his time, particularly when it came to mentoring young engineering students. Throughout his career, he supported many organizations, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Coho Society of the North Shore.

In a statement, Rich Skapski and Stephen Clinton, P.Eng., Keith's partners and friends for many years, said: “Keith was very proud to be a professional engineer. At every opportunity he shared his passion for traffic and transportation engineering by volunteering his time with industry liaison committees, attending conferences throughout the province, and lending his experience to the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Accreditation Committee.

He was incredibly motivated to help others achieve what he was able to accomplish over the course of his career.

Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is September 30, 2024. Learn more about the scholarship.


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