First publishedin World Highways
In March 1991, the International Road Educational Foundation (IREF), through the leadership of Dana Low, John Gehrett and Marion Dietrich, among others, established the Future Fund, an endowment-style funding mechanism to support scholarship awards for IRF Fellows.
The endowment built over the last twenty years has been instrumental in supporting the Foundation’s core mission of providing academic training to university graduates in fields related to the development of better and safer roads worldwide. Many of the program’s 1,250+ Fellows have risen to become senior government officials as well as leaders in the private sector and in academia, where they are in a position to exercise a multiplier effect in the transfer of technology and information.
The Foundation received a new accolade this month from the Organisation of American States with which it will be partnering to advance opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean professionals to make a difference in their profession.
In order to preserve the Foundation’s important legacy and maintain current levels of annual scholarship awards, the IREF Board of Directors have launched a fundraising campaign to raise US$1 million by December 31, 2012.Since the 20th Anniversary of the Future Fund Campaign kicked-off in June 2011,
US$342,700 has been raised through contributions made by IRF
member organisations, IRF and IREF Board members, IRF Fellow alumni, and individuals.
The Foundation’s short-term goal is to raise US$400,000 by the end of 2011. A contribution from you and/or your organisation will make a difference… and no amount is too small or too large.
Roll Call of Contributors
(at October 31, 2011) Abdul Ali Al-Ajmi Company AECOM AgileAssets
, Inc. Ahmad Al Binali & Son’s
Brian and Pauline Harris
Charoen Choeyphaung Concesionaria IIRSA
Concesionaria Interoceanica Sur Tramo 2, S.A.
Concesionaria Interoceanica Sur Tramo 3, S.A.
Ipek Sener Japan Road Association
Justice Appiah Kercher Engineering
Norma and Wendell Reed Foundation
Rawafid Al-Torok Contracting Est. Resource International
Salvador Reyes Trinity Industries Inc
. Wilbur Smith Associates