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Sixth Annual Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award Scholarship Recipient Announced

Urban Engineers is excited to announce the recipient of the sixth annual Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award Scholarship. The Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award Scholarship is offered to a graduating high school senior in the Philadelphia City Rowing program who demonstrates leadership, on and off the water. This year’s awardee is Sydney French of Central High School in Philadelphia. She was presented the scholarship during Philadelphia City Rowing’s awards ceremony. She plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh this fall and major in international business.


“I want to thank my family for always being so flexible and coming to my races to support me,” said Ms. French of her time with Philadelphia City Rowing. “I’d like to thank my coaches Nick and Sam for always pushing me to my fullest potential. Lastly, I’d like to thank my teammates who always stood by my side and gave me the most incredible friendships.”


Philadelphia City Rowing is an organization that seeks to empower local public school students through the sport of rowing. The sport teaches discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, reinforcing invaluable lessons that extend into all areas of life.


Mr. D’Alba is a longtime rower and athlete who found great success in business in the engineering field. He always maintained his passion for rowing, having spent as many hours, if not more, on the Schuylkill River than he did in the boardroom. Mr. D'Alba served as the president and CEO of Urban until his retirement in 2016. To honor his service, Urban Engineers dedicates this scholarship to a promising individual who is an optimist, dreamer, and achiever that others look to for guidance and trust.


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Sydney French with her Philadelphia City Rowing. Credit: Philadelphia City Rowing

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Sydney French Credit: Philadelphia City Rowing