2019 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Faith Danaher

Faith Danaher is from Overland Park, KS and is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is expected to graduate in May of 2023. 

 

Mizzou was not originally on Faith’s radar during her college search. In fact, she was planning on attending Kansas State University. However, after visiting the Mizzou campus, she knew it was the right school for her. She fell in love with the campus, the academics, and the culture of the school. After her campus visit, Mizzou was the easy choice for Faith. When it came to deciding a major, she knew she had always been intrigued by science and excelled in Math. Her dad was also a Civil Engineer, so she had been around engineering her whole life and knew she wanted to pursue engineering further. When she heard of Biomedical Engineering she was certain it was what she wanted to do because she would get to continue in both Math and Science classes. While studying at Mizzou, Faith has also enjoyed being a part of Mizzou Engineering Student Council, which has furthered her love for the College of Engineering.

 

When she isn’t busy studying or hanging out at Lafferre, Faith likes to spend time with her friends, go to Mizzou’s sporting events, participate in events for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and watch the Kansas City Chiefs play, of course. After she graduates, she hopes to travel to Central and South America and work on her Spanish.

2019 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Olivia Vitale

Olivia Vitale is a Mechanical Engineering major and an Aerospace Engineering minor at Mizzou, graduating in May of 2022. Two of her older siblings graduated from Mizzou, and she grew up hearing tales of the rich traditions, quality academics, and unmatched culture that drives the university. She is now proud to be attending the illustrious and beloved university that helped raise part of her family.

 

Olivia’s passion for math and science emerged in elementary school. Drawn to the world of inventors and innovators, she knew she wanted to channel her imagination and energy into the field of engineering. While studying at Mizzou, Olivia has been active in the Missouri Space Program, a competitive rocketry organization that has only deepened her zeal for engineering.

 

Aside from her studies and rocket-building, Olivia loves spending time with her friends, playing intramural soccer, volunteering with Tau Beta Pi, and assisting in astronomy research. When she graduates, Olivia hopes to continue building rockets and achieve her interplanetary dream of traveling to Mars.

2018 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Lexi Crump

Lexi Crump is a mechanical engineering major and Architectural studies minor student graduating in May of 2020. As a long time Mizzou legacy, Lexi grew up with black and gold in her blood. Mizzou offered everything Lexi wanted in a college campus, a rich history, great traditions, and a mostly successful football team. She knew when she came to campus that this was the place she belonged.

 

Lexi began her journey in engineering with her high school robotics club. The ever-changing design challenges and the multidisciplinary environment helped lead her to choose Mechanical engineering as a major. While at Mizzou, Lexi has continued to compete in robotics competitions and has even founded a competition team, Mizzou SURF, Students underwater robotics foundation, which runs on the principles of teamwork, communication and community involvement.

 

When Lexi is not busy hitting the books or working on campus, she enjoys spending time with her friends in downtown Columbia, attending Mizzou football games, and participating in events for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Lexi is involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as the St. Louis Variety Children’s Charity.

2017 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Kevin Grass

Kevin Grass is from Ballwin, MO and is majoring in Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2019.   

                                               

With an older sister at Mizzou while he was in grade school, Kevin grew up attending football games and has always been a big Tigers fan. When it came time to decide where to go to college, Mizzou was an easy choice for him. Having always preferred math and science in school, choosing a major was an easy decision for him as well. In addition to being a naturally talented problem solver, Kevin’s mom’s family owns a masonry business so he’s been surrounded by construction and the concepts of engineering ever since he was a kid. Civil Engineering seemed to be a great fit.

When he’s not busy studying or learning the family business, Kevin enjoys attending Mizzou football tailgates, sorority philanthropy games and events, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He also enjoys spending time with his fraternity brothers. When he graduates Kevin dreams of spending a little time traveling Europe.

Kevin has perspective beyond his years and a great outlook. When we asked him how he’ll define success when looking back on his life in 50 years he said, “In the end with me it all comes down to family. Success to me isn’t how much money you make, how big of a house you live in, or what kind of car to drive. Success is how happy you are as a family. Obviously, it is a bonus to have disposable money for fun things with your family, but in the grand scheme of things as long as I’m part of a happy family, I will consider myself successful.”

As of Fall 2018:

I’m currently a senior studying Civil Engineering. I recently took a Co-op with ARCO Construction in St. Louis during the spring 2018 semester and will be graduating in December of 2019. I plan to continue my career path in project management for a general contractor and look forward to what’s ahead.

2016 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Cody Baumgartner

Cody Baumgartner is a Mechanical Engineering major and Aerospace Engineering minor at the University of Missouri - Columbia, graduating in May of 2019. As a Fulton, MO native, Cody had some hesitations about attending college so close to home, but all of that changed during his first tour of campus. Despite his father being employed by the University, Cody, believe it or not, had never set foot on campus prior to that tour. Within the first 5 minutes Cody knew that Mizzou was where he belonged. 

Much like Josh, Cody was drawn to engineering because of his father. Cody grew up taking apart appliances, machines and watches (his favorite, and not coincidentally the most complex) and worked alongside his father to put them back together. Cody and his dad get the biggest thrill out of repairing the family's old diesel trucks.

 

During the summer months, Cody works 40 hours a week for the university as well as odd construction jobs with his father to pay for his tuition loan-free. Coincidentally, Cody works on many of the construction sites around campus, including the renovations to Lafferre Hall where a concrete lab has been dedicated in Josh's memory in 2017. There's no question Cody understands what it means to Work Hard.

When he's not studying and working, you can find Cody playing intramural soccer, rock climbing or organizing events for his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma. He's also involved in the Engineering School's Student Council and enjoys fixing cars for his friends or even for the occasional stranded roadside traveler!

As of Fall 2018:

I am currently a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. After an internship this past summer, I now have a strong interest in project management. Next summer, I will be interning for a company within a different industry in order to gain more new experience in project management and engineering. Once I graduate in December 2019, I plan on working in a project management position for either an aerospace or tech company.

 

2015 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient // Alyssa Golz

Alyssa Golz is an Industrial Engineering major at the University of Missouri - Columbia, graduating in May of 2016. Originally from Topeka, KS, Alyssa crossed the state line to attend Mizzou because upon her first visit to campus she immediately fell in love with the energy and passion she saw on the faces of every student she met. 

 

Alyssa chose to pursue Industrial Engineering because she always enjoyed math in school growing up. At Mizzou, she says that Industrial Engineering coursework has been the perfect mix of math, science, problem solving and real-world business  application.

Her passion for math has certainly paid off! In addition to receiving the 2015 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship, Alyssa has also received recognitions from the School of Engineering, including being named an Engineer Ambassador and a member of the Alpha Phi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society.

As of Fall 2018:

 

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (2016) and Masters of Business Administration (2017). I currently reside in St. Louis and work as a Systems Engineer at Boeing.

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ENGINEERING FUTURE LEADERS

"It is a tremendous honor to have received this scholarship and meeting Josh's family and friends has been so inspirational to me. Receiving this scholarship has not only been a financial blessing but one of the most meaningful events I've been part of."

 

// Alyssa Golz, 2015 Scholarship Recipient

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