Joseph and Peggy McMahon Transportation Engineering Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by the business partners and co-workers of Joseph W. McMahon to honor Joe’s 42 years of dedication to the transportation engineering industry and McMahon Associates, Inc.  Joseph McMahon graduated from Villanova University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and Tau Beta Pi distinction.  He went on to receive his Master’s in Civil Engineering degree in 1967 from Villanova, focusing his studies and training in Transportation Engineering.  His Master’s degree was awarded by Villanova’s Institute for Transportation Studies.  Joe met his wife Peggy in 1963, a Villanova University School of Nursing graduate of 1967.  As a trained nurse, she gave up her professional career once they were married in order to begin a family, as Joe traveled in his early career at Simpson & Curtin, working on transportation projects of various types all over the country and Canada.  Joe and Peggy made a decision in 1976 to form McMahon Associates, Inc. and set up a home office to begin a small transportation firm at the kitchen table, which has grown into a full-service transportation engineering company.

McMahon Associates, Inc., headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has multiple offices located all along the East Coast of the United States and specializes in delivering innovative transportation engineering, planning, design and technology solutions to its clients in both the private and government sectors.

This fund will provide scholarships to students who are advancing to their junior or senior years of college, and who have declared, and have been accepted into the major of civil engineering with a focus in transportation engineering.  Eligible students shall attend an acredited university that produces graduates with civil engineering degrees and with training and focus in the field of transportation engineering.  Students currently attending, and who will continue with this program at the following 12 universities, will be among those eligible for applying for the scholarship:


·      Villanova University ·      Northeastern University
·      Penn State University ·      University of Massachusetts
·      Drexel University ·      University of Rhode Island
·      Temple University ·      Florida Atlantic University
·      University of Delaware ·      Florida Institute of Technology
·      University of Pittsburgh ·      Georgia Technical University


Applicants from any other university with a transportation engineering program are welcome to apply.  Applicants must be full-time students and have a financial need in order to apply.  Applicants must write an essay that explains their career goals, why they have decided to focus his/her civil engineering major in the field of transportation engineering, and how he/she desires to use their degree in the workplace upon graduation.  Preference may be given to students attending Villanova University.

Scholarship selection process

Berks County Community Foundation will notify the colleges specified above of this scholarship opportunity and will encourage the colleges to notify their students.  Interested students will apply online at between January 15th and March 15th, and must be advancing to their junior or senior years to receive the scholarship.

Submitted applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.  The committee will notify BCCF of the recommended recipient by May 1st.

Berks County Community Foundation will prepare an award letter to be sent to the recipient.  BCCF will notify the non-recipients that they have not been selected.  BCCF will notify the appropriate college of the scholarship award and will send the scholarship check to the college, payable to the college and student, in August.

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