Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients.
Dakota Atkins, Indiana State University
Dakota Atkins is a senior studying Construction Management. He is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, a professional construction honors society, and is the former president of ISU’s Construction Club. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in his spare time. Originally from Brookston, Dakota’s interest in construction began at an early age as he watched his grandfather, uncle, and cousins work as heavy equipment operators. He eventually began working in residential construction during summer breaks and is now an intern with Rieth Riley Construction.
Dokken Egenolf, University of Indianapolis
Dokken Egenolf is a junior concurrently studying Finance and working toward his Masters of Business Administration. He is from Trafalgar and worked as a landscaper in his hometown over a summer. As a student at UIndy, he is a member of Delta Mu Delta, a national business honors society, and is involved in the Johnson and Morgan county fairs. Dokken also received UIndy’s Joan V. Persell Award, given to the top finance student in each class. He is drawn to corporate and construction finance, particularly financial advising and financial planning. Dokken is currently looking forward to more opportunities to grow his knowledge of the financial side of construction and network with professionals in the industry.
Jacob LaFree, University of Indianapolis
Jacob LaFree is a junior studying Finance. Over summers growing up, he worked for his uncle, a private contractor near his hometown of Plymouth, doing everything from demolition to roofing to plumbing. At UIndy, Jacob is a member of Delta Mu Delta, a national business honors society, a member of the football team, and a volunteer at several local organizations including Special Olympics and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. What draws Jacob to construction is the work ethic of the profession and the integral role financial decisions play in the scope of each project. After he completes his degree, Jacob would like to work in construction finance to assist small business owners realize their financial goals.
Mackenzie Park, Ball State University
Mackenzie Park is a junior studying Construction Management and Interior Design. She is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, a professional construction honors society, and is involved with the BSU Women’s Bowling Club, Philanthropy Education Council, and Interior Design Alliance. Mackenzie participated in the 2017 Associated Schools of Construction Design-Build Competition. She also interned at Jackson Construction Company in her hometown of Bluffton, where she was an integral team member on major projects and was given the opportunity to manage a small project on her own. Mackenzie’s professional goal is to own a design-build firm specializing in commercial sports and recreation construction.
Brandi Spaeth, University of Indianapolis
Brandi Spaeth is a junior studying Accounting. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta, a national business honors society, and the Vice President of the UIndy Accounting Club. Brandi is a three-time recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Academic Recognition Award, a scholarship awarded annually to no more than ten students. She interned at Payless Liquors in data analytics, and she is currently an intern at OnTarget CPA. At OnTarget CPA, Brandi prepares individual and corporate tax returns, as well as doing bookkeeping for clients. Brandi fills her free time with dance, the saxophone, and participating in community activities. Once she finishes her degree, Brandi will begin working toward completion of her CPA exams.