The benefits of winning the People’s Choice Award for the A. Max Brewer Bridge project keep paying off, which the Florida Department of Transportation was able to share with Brevard Community College in the form of a $10,000 scholarship. The presentation was made at the Brevard Community College Foundation Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, February 13.
The Florida Department of Transportation, A. Max Brewer Bridge Scholarship was established to give a yearly award to a student pursuing an engineering degree, at Brevard Community College and who plans to transfer to a four year school offering a bachelor’s degree in engineering in the transportation sector. The annual award is $1,000, which means the scholarship is awarded to different students over a 10-year period—or longer—if benefactors contribute more. Students must meet certain criteria, including taking courses at the college’s Titusville or Cocoa campuses.
In November, FDOT’s A. Max Brewer Bridge project won the People’s Choice Award, which is a national contest sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Online voters were encouraged to pick their favorite project among those entered by 10 states. The A. Max Brewer Bridge Project in Titusville took first place with more than 331,000 votes cast. FDOT received a $10,000 award to share with a charity of its choice.
The A. Max Brewer Bridge replaced an aging and structurally deficient swing span over the Indian River. The area also stretched across a sensitive environmental area that featured protected sea grass and manatee winter migration paths. FDOT chose to build a new $44.8 million fixed span bridge, providing essential upgrades for both motorists and boaters. The project began in 2009 and wrapped up in early 2011, on time and on budget.
Pictured Above Alan Hyman, FDOT District Five Operations Director (right), presents the $10,000 scholarship award to Michele Murrell (left) of the Brevard Community College Foundation, and to Bernie Simpkins (center) businessman, BCC Foundation Board Vice Chair and major financial supporter of the college.