VTCA Awards Scholarships to Mining Engineering Students

Two students in Virginia Tech's Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering have been awarded scholarships from the nonprofit industry organization Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA). Joshua Morris, a sophomore from Burkeville, Va., and Jordan Littauer, a senior from Richmond, Va., each received a $1,000 VTCA aggregates scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. Both students are majors in the Mining and Minerals Engineering department.

The students were honored at a recent luncheon at the Inn at Virginia Tech which was sponsored by Salem Stone and organized by its president M.J. O'Brien, Jr. VTCA board memebers, scholarship committee members and representatives from several local aggregate industries were invited to attend.

“I hope to be a production and/or mine planning engineer after graduation,”said senior, Jordan Littauer. “Eventually, I’d like to use my minor in business and continue my education to get an MBA. This would allow me to get more involved with the economics side of the mining industry.” Littauer said his interest in mining began when he went on a field trip to a rock quarry with a neighbor.

Added Morris: “I decided to do mining after learning about its stability, 100 percent job placement of Virginia Tech graduates, working in an outdoor environment, new tasks on a day-to-day basis, and hopeful future, along with many other factors.”

VTCA bills itself as the only association in Virginia dedicated to serving contractors, aggregate producers, engineers, suppliers and service providers who design, build and maintain the commonwealth’s transportation network.

VTCA also awards scholarships in the area of transportation engineering and contracting, among others. It raises scholarship money through golf tournaments, silent auctions and other events, says Sam Hollins, aggregates program manager at VTCA. “Virginia Tech provides the wealth of students who submit applications for the aggregates scholarship,” Hollins said.


VTCA members on hand for the presentation consisted of individuals representing several local aggregate industries. From left to right: Tony Landreth, Salem Stone; Bill Hamlin, Boxley Materials Co.; Jamie Byers, Salem Stone; Joshua Morris; Mike Harcum, Carter Machinery; Jordan Littauer; Jeff Perkins, Boxley Materials Co.; Greg Adel, professor and mining and minerals engineering department chairman at Virginia Tech; Dennis Tawney, Salem Stone; M.J. O’Brien Jr., president of Salem Stone; Kym Kulis, Salem Stone; Mike Greer, Salem Stone; Mark Witt, Rockydale Quarry Corp.; Sam Hollins, Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance; and David Ryan, Sisson & Ryan Quarry.








Students receive scholarships from the VTCA. From left to right: sophomore Joshua Morris; Mike Harcum of Carter Machinery;Sam Hollins of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance; senior Jordan Littauer; and Greg Adel, Professor and Head of the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech.











Related Links

Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)

VTCA Scholarship Award at the College of Engineering website