A decade ago, Colorado State University senior Jordan Heberlein routinely skipped school to work construction with her dad.
While school may not have been a priority then, Heberlein has proven her dedication to academics since; she recently received the Pacesetter scholarship, a competitive program that recognizes students for dedicating their time toward extracurricular activities.
To be eligible for the Pacesetter scholarship, students have to be nominated by their peers, student organization, resident halls or university departments.
And her passion for construction is part of what made her stand out.
Mostafa Khattab, head of the Construction Management Department, and Kristin Haller, key advisor for the department, nominated Heberlein. She is now the eighth person to win the prestigious scholarship.
â€œWe chose Jordan because sheâ€™s a great ambassador for our program,â€ Haller said. â€œShe represents what we want our students to be like.â€
Heberlein has been a construction management major since her freshman year, stating that the experience she gained by going to work with her dad helped to instill her passion for the profession in her.
â€œI knew it was the right major for me because I got excited about it,â€ she said.
Part of the qualification for being a Pacesetter winner is being a diverse member of campus, which for Heberlein means being a female in a male dominated major. Only 5 percent of construction management majors are female.
Heberlein has made a name for herself, though. She has a job set up when she graduates in May as a project engineer with Mortenson construction, a company she is currently interning with.
This is the fourth internship that Heberlein has completed in her time at CSU, even though the construction management department only requires its students to complete one.
Apart from her dedication to her academics and extracurricular activities, Heberlein has proven her dedication to helping others succeed through her position as member of the board of directors for the department that oversees seven clubs.
â€œI think I have a passion for connecting with people,â€ Heberlein said. â€œI like seeing people with excitement, and if they donâ€™t have it, I want to give them that.â€
ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.