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Citadel News Service
12 Nov 2005

Cadet from Seneca earns prestigious engineering scholarship

Cadet 1st Lt. Joshua Thomas Boggs of Seneca has been awarded the prestigious Col. Loring K. Himelright Scholarship for his outstanding performance as a civil engineering student.

Cadet 1st Lt. Joshua Thomas Boggs

Himelright, for whom the scholarship is named, is a former civil engineering department head. The scholarship fund was created following his retirement in 1981. The fund provides an annual scholarship award to a senior in civil engineering. Faculty members choose each year's recipient of a $2,000 scholarship.

Boggs received a plaque and check during Homecoming Nov. 12.

“Cadet Joshua Thomas Boggs is an outstanding selection for the 2005 Himelright Scholarship. He has not only excelled academically in the civil and environmental engineering department, but he has exhibited all the qualities of leadership and professionalism that we expect from all graduates of The Citadel School of Engineering,” said Dennis Fallon, dean of engineering and Louis S. LeTellier Chair. “I am very proud to have him as one of our students."

Cadet Boggs has an exemplary record of academic achievement and a strong commitment to learning. He has earned Gold Stars for four semesters and the Dean’s List Award for five semesters at The Citadel.

Boggs is currently serving as president of the Citadel Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on the department’s Student Advisory Council. During his junior year, Boggs was selected as a recipient of the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers scholarship award. In addition, he was selected as the recipient of the Benjamin W. Sammis Award, given by the department annually to an outstanding junior that exemplifies a true “citizen soldier.”

Beyond the traditional classroom, he has taken advantage of student research opportunities at The Citadel, and is currently investigating the magnitude of the 1886 Charleston earthquake. He participated in the Engineering Forensics Research Institute at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a highly competitive summer research scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and he has coauthored three scholarly publications, one of which he presented before the American Society of Civil Engineers Structures Congress in New York City.

Boggs is a graduate of Walhalla Senior High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alan Boggs of Seneca.
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