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Five Farmingdale State Students Win Scholarships

Alumnus Corwin Awards 5 Moles Scholarships to Construction Management students

December 2, 2013

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Pictured left to right are: Wahid Wahab, Michael Heretakis, David Urena III, Lisa Camp, Arthur B. Corwin, past president of The Moles, Professor Ciro Capano and Jose Solorzano

Arthur B. Corwin, PE, Farmingdale Class of '76, presented students Lisa Camp (Seaford) and David Urena, II (Haverstraw, NY) with The Moles' President's Scholarships in the amount of $7,500 each at a reception in Manhattan in November.  Jose Solorzano (Farmingdale) and Wahid Wahab (Hicksville) received a Moles' Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each, and the Moles' Student Award of $1,000 was presented to Michael Heretakis (Commack).

"These scholarships greatly benefit the College and especially our students," Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen said. "Moreover, we appreciate the efforts of Arthur Corwin in assisting our students and thank him for remembering his alma mater. Alumni like him really make a difference to the campus, and we are grateful for his support."

The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry, is the most prestigious organization of its kind in the world. Moles members are leaders in their profession who are dedicated to promoting the industry and supporting local colleges and universities through scholarship outreach programs and networking opportunities. Mr. Corwin, who served as President of The Moles for the 2012-2013 year, personally selected Farmingdale State students to receive the President's scholarship as a way to say thank you to the school that helped him launch his career in the construction industry.

Mr. Corwin, who grew up in Farmingdale, continued his education at the Polytechnic Institute of New York to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.  He has spent his 35-year career with specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench American Corporation, headquartered in Rockaway, NJ, where he is currently Chairman and CEO.  Moretrench American Corporation specializes in major underground geotechnical construction projects. Notable projects include recovery and reconstruction at the World Trade Center, soil stabilization for jacking of three massive box tunnels at Boston's "Big Dig," and multiple contracts for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation's East Side Access rail project, the Second Avenue subway, and the #7 Line extension.