The George W. Walsh Scholarship
The Source Evaluation Society sponsors the George W. Walsh Scholarship Award (established 1992) at Manhattan College in New York in honor of George W. Walsh (1932 - 1991), a 1955 graduate of Manhattan College in Civil Engineering. George Walsh enjoyed an outstanding career in air quality evaluation and environmental protection and was a founding member of the Source Evaluation Society. The society has as its purpose to promote the application of sound engineering principles and procedures to the measurement of stationary source emissions for environmental assessment and compliance determinations. This award is to provide financial assistance to a junior or senior majoring in engineering or the sciences, preferably with an interest in environmental protection. Since its inception, the award has gone to a number of outstanding engineering and science undergraduates at the college some of whom have already gone on to start effective careers.
Mary Ellen Malone, Director of Planned Giving at Manhattan College, was sent a check from SES for $2500 to continue the support for the Scholarship for 2008. (Letter to Manhattan College)
The Matt DeVito Scholarship Program
During the 2008 Annual SES Membership Meeting a motion was made and carried that SES create a Scholarship to honor the memory of Matt DeVito. Here is some background information about the scholarship’s namesake and the scholarship itself.
Matt received a B.A. in Chemistry from Fairmont State in 1978. He also received a M.S. in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.
Matt was an active member of the Source Evaluation Society (SES), the professional association for the stack testing industry, for many years and its’ President beginning in 2000 He was a dynamic and effective leader, advocating our industry’s positions in many areas including programs aimed at the accreditation of air emissions test professionals. He was also a very articulate, intelligent, practical, and most hard working person. Matt was a top notch coal researcher as well as a hands-on stack sampler. His drive, energy, and wit makes his absence felt more strongly.
Matt died on December 5, 2000 at the Consolidation Coal Company Buchanan Mine #1 in Mavisdale, Virginia. The OSHA Report summarizes the accident as follows:
In March 2001, the SES Board of Directors created an award to be presented to the person who does the most to further the principles that Matt DeVito (former SES President taken from us in an untimely accident several years ago while stack sampling) stood for: quality, integrity, safety, and an ethical approach toward stack sampling. The award is not given annually, but only when an individual’s contributions warrant special recognition.
Details on the Scholarship are listed below.
We are so proud that we can utilize our collective resources to honor the memory of someone who meant a lot to us and to be able to help others better themselves at the same time.