This award was established in 2011 by AMSYSCO, Inc. to commemorate the
company's 30 years in the post‐tensioning industry. In announcing this
scholarship program in 2011, AMSYSCO owner, Rattan Khosa remarked
"AMSYSCO completed 30 years in business. Only in this great country
America, one can come with just $8 and later start a business in a
basement. Over the years I have been returning to the community, part
of what I make every year, through my private foundation named after my
parents. I thought it was time that I did something for the post
tensioning industry. It will be great to award scholarships through
Two scholarship recipients will receive:
$2,500 each towards the Winter/Spring 2016 school term.
A complimentary trip to 2016 PTI Convention (includes
full-registration, travel, and incidentals)
Recognition at the 2016 PTI Awards Dinner; on the PTI
website; and in the PTI JOURNAL
Full‐time student during entire scholarship year in the
U.S. or Canada.
Graduate or Undergraduate Students with a minimum of 3
years completed coursework.
Study area in the area of concrete structures with an
emphasis on structural design, materials, construction, or any
combination thereof with a clear focus on post-tensioning design and
application. Graduate research in post‐tensioned concrete design and
application will be considered.
Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in a bachelor's or
master's program from an institution of higher education which is
accredited by the responsible regional or national agency
All applicants must be proficient in the English language.
If English is not your native language, a written statement must be
attached to this application attesting to this proficiency.
The application, resume, essay and applicant certification
must be sent in one application package to Ted.Neff@post-tensioning.org
before midnight, 11:59 p.m. on December 21, 2015.
December 21, 2015
– Deadline for returning application and
January 31, 2016 – Scholarship recipients announced
April 25, 2016 – 2016 PTI Awards Dinner
Recipients of the 2015 PTI AMSYSCO Scholarships:
Natassia Brenkus - University of Florida
Natassia earned her Masters of Engineering specializing in structural
engineering in 2013. During the next several years of her doctoral
work, she will be investigating alternative, non-cementitious filler
materials for post-tensioning tendons. Following her research she
anticipates moving forward into an academic research position, from
which she can continue to research and contribute to the field of
Philip Six - Utah State University
Philip is in pursuit of his Master's degree in civil engineering at
Utah State University, with an emphasis in structural engineering.
After completing his research and thesis, he hopes to further expand
his experience with post-tensioning by entering the workforce through
as structural design firm that participates in the design of
post-tensioned concrete slabs.
2014 PTI Convention
The 2014 Convention marked the inaugural year of the PTI
Convention Scholarship. The scholarship was designed to foster the
of emerging industry professionals and graduate students who many not
have the financial means to attend PTI Conventions. The four
recipients were given complimentary convention registrations and $500
travel and hotel expenses. At the convention, each recipient was
assigned to a
"mentor" who assisted in answering questions, making introductions, and
ensuring that the recipient got the most out of their first PTI
experience. Due to the success of this first year, the program will be
continued in 2015. The four scholarship recipients describe their first
Convention experiences below.
Recipients of the 2014 PTI Convention Scholarships:
"I want to formally thank the Post Tensioning Institute for
awarding me a scholarship to attend this year's convention in
Norfolk. The three days that I spent at the convention
were extremely valuable in my development as a young design
engineer. The many technical sessions I attended
presented material that was very relevant to my day-to-day design
work. The committee meetings I sat in on provided a
stimulating look into the hard work that the committee members put into
developing PTI standards and publications. I was also able to
network with countless contractors, suppliers, and
fellow engineers during my time at the
convention. I can assure you that the
program was successful in its objective of fostering the involvement of
professionals in the post-tensioning industry."
"I am very grateful for the sponsored opportunity to attend
the 2014 PTI Conference in Virgina. My assigned mentor, Ken Bondy, did
job introducing me to other members and proving the passion for
design possessed by everyone present. Seeing the logistics of how
meetings are governed and the results that are produced was very
and eye opening. I enjoyed listening to technical sessions and the wide
of topics presented. As a current graduate student, the convention was
opportunity to network with individuals that were legends in the
also meeting similar young engineers. I strongly look forward to
future conventions and becoming a contributing member to PTI. I would
to thank PTI for the sponsorship and hope to see the scholarship
it was a great opportunity for young engineers."
Nelson "Junior" Stanley
"It was an incredible experience, and for that I want
to first thank PTI. As a young engineer traveling from Paraguay, it
been impossible for me to attend the convention in Norfolk without the
Institute's scholarship program. Through the committee meetings that I
to participate in, I could see how similar our day to day work is. I
opportunity to hear much more experienced colleague's opinions about
important design issues, and as a young design engineer, those
opinions are priceless. Through the technical sessions and exposition I
opportunity to get more acquainted with PT systems applications, which
unknown in our country, like geotechnical applications. I would also
thank Pete Scoppa, my assigned mentor, for sharing a lot of his time
experience with me, explaining how the industry works in the U.S. In
future, I look forward to attending PTI Conventions and participating
active member of the institute to work together with a committee for
benefit of our industry. I hope that the scholarship program is
the future, so that the industry can continue to expand even more."
"I cannot begin to express the depth of gratitude I owe to
every individual that helped to make it possible for me to attend the
Convention through the new scholarship program. Every experience was
what I needed to further my knowledge of not only the industry and
post-tension slab on grade; but I also was able to make the industry
connections that I lacked before. There are not enough good things that
spoken about Harley Nethken, my convention mentor, regarding the way he
my experience during those three days. The entire trip has fueled a
me to bring the post-tensioning industry to my region of the country,
unaware of the cost effectiveness it can produce. I am confident the
industry will be expanding in my area because of my attendance at the
convention. I will be looking forward to the next convention to measure
growth, personally and in post-tensioning, from the previous one.
to everyone that I met at the convention and to everyone that made it
for my attendance."