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Wentworth Uses Chapter of Excellence Grant to Award 5 Scholarships

The Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, recently received a Chapter of Excellence Grant from MCAA. These $7,500 grants, funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), are earned by schools who have shown excellence in all the student chapter activities including participating in MCAA’s national project competition, local involvement and community participation, and so forth. The $7,500 grant consists of $2,500 to assist the school’s already excellent program in sustaining its efforts, and the remaining $5,000 is given in custodianship to the chapter’s faculty advisor to given as student scholarship to the students he or she deems most deserving and/or in need. The advisor has total flexibility in awarding the scholarships with one stipulation…no one scholarship can be less than $1,000.

This year, Cristina Cosma, PhD, PE, MASCE, the faculty advisor for the Wentworth Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors’ Association, awarded the scholarship funds to 5 highly deserving student chapter members. Cristina is extremely proud of her student scholars and wished to let all of MCAA get to know a little more about these outstanding young people. Take a look:


George Hill is a Senior in Construction Management with an expected graduation of August 2017.  George started at Wentworth in Spring 2015 and took an immediate interest in joining the MCA. Prior to returning to school full-time, George served 11 years in the U.S. Army while earning a B.S. in Business Management from Curry College. He participated in this year’s MCAA competition where the Wentworth team placed 8th overall.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities, scholarships, and relationships that the MCAA and NEMCA have provided. The networking opportunities and relationships made through the MCAA are second to none and I am truly proud to be a member, and hope that my relationship with the MCAA lasts well after graduation. Thank you to everyone at the MCAA and the MCERF committee for awarding me with the MCERF scholarship. This scholarship takes away the burden of $1,000 of school expenses which means so much to me. Again, thank you so much for this award and be assured that it went to a great cause and is truly and greatly appreciated.

Lorina Imami is a senior in Facility Planning and Management, graduating in August of 2017. Lorina started her studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the fall of 2013. She has had three great co-op experiences at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, where she practiced a variety of fields such as Move Management, Small Project Management and Space Planning.

Lorina participated in the 2017 Student Competition in San Diego, placing 8th for the proposal. Lorina has been an active member of the Wentworth community, being part of the Student Alumni Society, Student Association of Facility Managers, International Facility Management Association, and the Wentworth Student Chapter of MCAA.

“It is truly an honor to receive this scholarship from NEMCA. It is such a supportive organization to the students and future talents. The Wentworth student chapter has been so welcoming and such a great experience for me. Through my involvement with Wentworth, NEMCA, and MCAA I have been able to grow my network and knowledge. Thank you very much for the scholarship and the support you provide for students career growth.”


David Puglisi is a senior in Construction Management graduating in August of 2017.  David started attending Wentworth after graduating from Blue Hills Regional Technical High School in Canton.  It was there that David found his passion for HVAC.  Since then, David has done three co-ops while at Wentworth, first with a general contractor followed by two others with the mechanical contractor E.M. Duggan of Canton.  With these educational experiences, he competed in the MCAA Student Competition two times with success.  After finding the MCAA Student Chapter at Wentworth his junior year, David became extensively involved.  This led to his Presidency of the Wentworth MCAA Student Chapter.  David believes he is fortunate because mechanical contracting is not just a job to him, but an enjoyably rewarding challenge.

“For me, to be awarded this scholarship means that NEMCA cares about my fellow students and me.  Knowing that I have a network like the MCAA available to me means so much, especially this early in my career.  The MCAA has been great to me and I hope that by being a member in the many years ahead of me, I can give back to the younger members and students in the way senior members did for me.  The networking and career development lessons I have learned in this short time from the MCAA have made me a better student and employee.   Thank you NEMCA for this amazing opportunity and mentorship over my college career.”


Spencer Liquori is a Junior in Construction Management program and will be graduating in August 2018. Spencer started at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2014 in the Construction Management program. Having completed two great co-ops and field experience provided good hands on knowledge in the construction industry. Spencer participated in the 2017 student competition in San Diego California placing in 8th for the proposal. The Wentworth MCAA chapter did not place to present for 2017. However, it was still a valuable experience to be able to go down to the San Diego competition. His experience includes petroleum piping construction for Exxon Mobile, Cumberland farms, Connecticut Department of Transportation, and BJ Wholesales. Also, having experience with tenant fit out for the Boston Globe, Harvard University, Bank of New York Mellon and Gunderson Dettmer.

“I am honored to receive the MCERF Scholarship. Joining the Wentworth MCAA chapter has created great networking opportunities in the construction industry. Thank you very much for this scholarship opportunity along with the great connections from MCAA.”

Brian Tocci is a Junior in Construction Management graduating in August of 2018. Brian started in the Construction Management program in the fall of 2014. He joined Wentworth’s MCAA student chapter in the fall of 2016 and participated in the 2017 student competition. Brian’s co-op experience includes working for a mechanical contractor in their prefabrication department assisting in prefabrication coordination and for a general contractor in their MEP department working on site to support the MEP manager.

MCAA congratulates all Wentworth Institute of Technology MCAA Student Chapter of Excellence scholarship winners.