We’re honored to have played a small part in her journey. Rickel received a New Fortress Energy (NFE) Foundation scholarship in 2017 while she was a senior at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, where she earned her B.S. degree in civil engineering.
“The NFE scholarship came at a critical time in my final year when I really needed it,” she says, “and reduced the time spent seeking additional funds that I needed for my studies.”
For Rickel, those studies were more than rote learning; they were a passion.
“I love design, the sciences, and technical studies,” she says, “and the diversity and application to our environment and infrastructure that civil engineering affords. Designs for water and wastewater treatment plants are vital to society, as water use and reuse have gained increased importance, and I wanted to actively participate in that.”
Rickel urges other budding engineers to steadfastly pursue their dreams, regardless of the apparent obstacles.
“You can do whatever you want,” she counsels. “Never give up. Engineering is such a vast field of study that decreases day-to-day monotony, while providing many job opportunities worldwide. It was originally male-dominated, but more women are entering and excelling in the field.”