Project Description


The scholarship was christened the Jim McGee scholarship by the ASHE Board in 2004 after the passing of Jim McGee.  The application process occurs each spring and is awarded during the summer.

Award Amount

Up to two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2000 each.

About Jim McGee

The scholarship was christened the Jim McGee scholarship by the ASHE Board in 2004 after the passing of Jim McGee. Jim McGee was known for his wisdom, judgment, professionalism and integrity. During his 45 years in the transportation industry, Mr. McGee contributed to countless projects that were vital to the success of Georgia’s infrastructure.

From 1951 to 1955, Mr. McGee served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator. After his service in the armed forces, Mr. McGee received bachelors and masters degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. While working on his masters, he began a career of 32 years with the Georgia Department of Transportation. While at the Department, his responsibilities included Senior Materials Test Engineer, State Highway Maintenance Engineer, Director of Administration in the Office of State Aid, Director of Planning and Programming, and Deputy Commissioner. Following his distinguished career in the public sector, Mr. McGee entered the consulting engineering practice, where he was essential to the growth and success of the transportation department at Jordan, Jones, and Goulding. In 2002, he co-founded McGee Partners, where he served as Chairman and CEO.

Jim McGee was a skillful engineer, a good businessman, a devoted family man, and a true friend to many.


1. The applicant must be enrolled in an ABET accredited program at a school in the state of Georgia.

2. The applicant must be an undergraduate who will be entering either the third or fourth year of a four-year program or the second year of a two-year program by the fall semester of the submission year. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall semester of the submission year.

3. The applicant is eligible to receive the award only once.

4. The applicant must submit a completed application and a copy of their college transcript. Resumes may also be included, but are not required.


The 2020 Jim McGee Scholarship was awarded at the September 2020 luncheon.

Please check back in Spring 2021 for the 2021 Jim McGee Scholarship application.


Brian Szoch
Brian Szoch2019/2020 Jim McGee Recipient
Brian is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Civil Engineering, and he expects to graduate in December 2019. Brian is involved with ASCE, ATO, and Student Ambassador for College of Engineering. Brian has several impressive internships already under his belt, including an opportunity to be a part of GDOT’s Northwest Corridor project, as well as an internship with Brasfield & Gorrie on an $80 million bridge construction project in Tuscaloosa. Brian is seeking a career in the construction industry, with specific goal of becoming president of a privately-owned general contractor.
Natalie Daugherty
Natalie Daugherty2019/2020 Jim McGee Recipient
Natalie is a junior at Georgia Tech majoring in Civil Engineering, with a concentration in transit, and is also pursuing a minor in Global Engineering Leadership. She expects to graduate in May 2020. Natalie has taken advantage of multiple study abroad opportunities in Pacific and the Netherlands, is a member of ASCE, Chi Epsilon (current Secretary), member of sailing club, and board member and local project coordinator for GA Tech Trailblazers organization, leading service projects for the Atlanta Beltline and multiple state parks. Natalie has multiple internships with Black & Veatch and recently completed internship this summer with Hensel Phelps Construction working on concourse expansion project at Nashville Int’l. Airport. Inspired by previous experience in the Pacific and Netherlands, Natalie would like to live and work abroad in the future, with special interest in bringing lessons learned from other cultures to help build more walkable, bikeable, and livable cities here.
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