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Jack E. Leisch Memorial National Graduate Fellowship

The Award

The fellowship is a memorial to the outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions of Jack E. Leisch, M. ASCE to the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering and transportation planning. The fellowship is supported by the income from donations in Mr. Leisch’s honor. The award consists of a certificate and a monetary payment of approximately $5,000.


1. The fellowship will apply to the pursuit of full-time studies in eligible academic programs in highway geometric design, traffic engineering, traffic safety, and transportation planning with the emphasis on geometric design and traffic engineering.
2. Any full-time student who is enrolled in or admitted to an above engineering graduate degree program (master or doctoral) at a qualified university may apply. Qualified universities are those with undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
3. Applicants must be a member of ASCE (Membership applications may be submitted with fellowship applications) and must be in good standing at the time of the award. Previous fellowship recipients are not eligible to reapply.
4. Application packages should be submitted to The Transportation & Development Institute of ASCE (attn: Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Committee) by March 1. Application packages must include the following:

  • Resume indicating academic experience, grade point average (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate), graduate record exam (GRE) scores, work experience, extracurricular activities (including ASCE, ITE and other professional society student chapter memberships), and other pertinent information;
  • Official transcript;
  • Brief (no more than 500word) statement of academic, research and professional interests as well as intentions beyond graduate school continuing in the fields listed in 1 above.
  • List of graduate course work (completed and/or planned) in the fields listed in 1 above;
  • Confidential recommendation letters from three references signed by the reference; and
  • Statement of financial need (no more than 300 words).

Selection is based on appraisal of the applicant’s academic program, educational plan, academic performance and standing, post graduate intentions, leadership capacity, and financial need.

Submit Applications to:
American Society of Civil Engineers
The Transportation & Development Institute
Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Committee
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400