At the check presentation are (left to right) Dr. Dominic Bocelli, University of Arizona; Derek D. Koller, CIH, CHMM, Terracon; and David W. Hahn, Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Arizona

     TUCSON, Ariz. (July 25, 2022) – The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a $50,000 endowment grant to the University of Arizona College of Engineering.

The endowment will be used to fund an annual scholarship entitled the Terracon Foundation Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Scholarship.

Since 2017, UArizona has been awarded $81,000 in Terracon Foundation University grants, including the endowment. Previously, the Terracon Foundation awarded $11,000 to the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and $20,000 to UArizona.

“I am very proud of the collective effort the Terracon Tucson team has put in to strengthen our relationship with the University of Arizona and thankful to both Dr. Johanne Ives and Dr. Dominic Bocelli at the College of Engineering for doing the heavy lifting on submitting a winning grant application,” said Derek D. Koller, CIH, CHMM, Office Manager/Principal in Terracon’s Tucson office, who championed the grant.

“We have a lot of success winning grants out of the Tucson office, but this one is really special. This is the first year the Terracon Foundation has awarded endowments as part of a new initiative. The fact that we were able to bring the first $50,000 endowment home to the University of Arizona and my alma mater, feels amazing. Go Cats and Bear Down,” Koller said.

The Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3.5 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit

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