Two Ritenour High School Students Selected for Full Engineering Scholarships
Thanks to the commitment and philanthropy of community partners, Clayco and the Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI), two outstanding Ritenour High School students are the recipients of the Build Our Future Scholarship, which will cover all educational and living expenses as they pursue engineering degrees.
Over the next four years, RHS seniors Trenton Kwasa and Kyah Donald and will pursue engineering degrees from Washington University and Missouri University of Science and Technology, respectively. All of their tuition, room, board and related expenses will be covered by the scholarship. In addition, the students will have all tuition and related expenses paid when they start their post-secondary education at St. Louis Community College.
As part of Clayco’s and CCDI’s commitment to investing in students who want to pursue construction trades and engineering, this unique scholarship also provides mentoring for the recipients throughout their college journey.
“These kids are phenomenal and very deserving," said Tom Sieckhaus, executive vice president of Clayco. “We are excited to be part of their future.”
Donald, who plans to earn a civil engineering degree from Missouri S&T after she finishes St. Louis Community College, has a strong high school academic record and has been active throughout high school in the Wyman Teen Leadership Program. She also is captain of the Ritenour Step Team, active in Renaissance, job shadowing and the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship. Throughout high school, she has earned money doing child care, pet care and as an intern with C. Simpson & Co. Tailoring.
Donald will be mentored over the next several years by Sandra Marks, senior vice president of Clayco.
Kwasa, who wants to pursue a degree in architectural engineering, will be mentored by Derek Maschek, architect with Clayco, and Dan Lester, director of field diversity, inclusion and culture at Clayco. After completing his associate’s degree at St. Louis Community College, he will enroll in the engineering program at University of Missouri-St. Louis and then finish his degree at Washington University.
Kwasa has balanced his strong high school academics with leadership in extracurricular activities. In addition to being a varsity soccer and basketball player, he was selected to participate in Boys State, where he served as the speaker of the senate. He also has been in the RHS Students as Mentors program, college ambassadors and the Game Changers (social justice) Club. In addition to these school activities, Kwasa works at Home Depot.