At ZFA, we believe that having people from diverse backgrounds in engineering makes our company and industry stronger, more creative, and more resilient. This is why ZFA has committed to supporting underrepresented students who are striving to complete civil and structural engineering degree programs. In partnership with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and 10,000 Degrees, we have had the honor of providing scholarships for many promising students.

Some of ZFA’s most rewarding work has been in conjunction with 10,000 Degrees. Beyond providing renewable scholarships, this organization offers a comprehensive support system for low-income students in high school, through college, and into their early careers. The navigation assistance and support of 10,000 Degrees is invaluable for participants and many students are the first in their family to complete a college degree. Through this program, ZFA staff engages with students by way of career panels, office visits, and one-on-one mentorship opportunities. Several ZFA staff who are first-generation college grads have welcomed the opportunity to share their own unique experiences and encourage the next generation to join the engineering profession.