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The Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial essay contest was developed to help future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship aims to teach these specifiers a little about hot-dip galvanizing while providing them with funding for their education.

To apply, please fill out the form below and attach your essay. Your essay must answer one of the following two questions in 1,000-2,000 words and be in Word, Rich Text Format, or Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Essay Questions (choose one)

1. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. In 2021 ASCE conducted this study and gave the nation’s infrastructure a “C-“ grade. Review ASCE’s dedicated Report Card for America’s Infrastructure website and find infrastructure project(s) in the AGA’s Project Gallery that are in your local area. Visit the project(s) site to visually inspect the project, take photos, and write a report on its overall condition, its impact on the local community and how hot-dip galvanized steel will protect the project from corrosion over its life. Explain how specifying more hot-dip galvanizing to protect steel from corrosion will ultimately increase ASCE’s infrastructure grade in future reports. Discuss how additional funding from a new government Infrastructure Bill could be used to galvanize more steel that will help protect our nation’s infrastructure for generations to come.

2. Review the general sections of our website on hot-dip galvanizing (HDG), what is galvanizing, why specify hot-dip galvanizing, how long does HDG last, is galvanizing sustainable, how much does HDG cost, and what is zinc or take our Galvanize It! core online seminar to get a general understanding of what HDG is and why it is used. Create a marketing plan and/or ad campaign aimed to educate students in K-8, high schools and universities about the benefits of HDG. Determine the benefits of HDG that would resonate with students and young professionals and incorporate that into your campaign (i.e. sustainability, preserve tax dollars, protect our nation’s infrastructure etc.). Discuss the types of media used to communicate this message to students and any applicable pull-through offers to entice students to learn more about HDG.

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