Image: Ciarrah Bell, Austin Beck and Sam Gentges with Maggie Farrell at the S. M. Wilson & Co. office.

 

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. —Through SKILLED®, S. M. Wilson & Co.’s construction career education program, the company has inspired the future of construction through summer internships and shadowing programs. Over the years, the company has welcomed many skilled and talented students. Five of S. M. Wilson’s interns from 2023 and 2024 were recently honored with scholarships.

Yihan Niu, who participated in last year’s SKILLED® high school shadowing program, recently graduated from Francis Howell North High School and will attend Purdue University in the fall, majoring in construction engineering and management. She was one of 10 finalists who received the 2024 Construction Career Development Initiative Build Our Future Scholarship.

Jamaal Muhammad, who participated in the St. Louis Internship Program last year and interned with S. M. Wilson, is graduating from Saint Louis University High School and will attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering to pursue construction management. He was also one of 10 finalists who received the 2024 Construction Career Development Initiative Build Our Future Scholarship.

Sam Gentges is studying civil engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and will graduate this December. He was recently honored with a scholarship from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri Education Foundation. This summer, Gentges will be a project engineer/field engineer intern at S. M. Wilson.

Austin Buck is studying civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and will graduate in 2025. He also received a scholarship from the AGCMO Education Foundation. Buck will be a project engineer intern this summer at the firm.

Ciarrah Bell, who attends Missouri University of Science and Technology and majors in civil and architectural engineering, is a returning S. M. Wilson intern. She recently received the Oliver J. Coulson CLC Memorial Scholarship through the AGCMO Education Foundation. Bell will be a project engineer intern this summer.

“S. M. Wilson’s Internship Program is led by the Collegiate Development Committee, comprised of project engineers, project managers, superintendents and project directors, many of whom have come through the program. This group has done an incredible job identifying and mentoring top talent,” said Maggie Farrell, diversity and human resources manager. “Our program is strengthened by industry partners such as AGCMO and CCDI.”

For more information on S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED Programs contact Maggie Farrell, diversity and human resources manager at maggie.farrell@smwilson.com.