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Shapiro & Duncan Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship History

Shapiro & Duncan established the Shapiro & Duncan Endowed Scholarship in February 2008 to support undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Donor Statement

Shapiro and Duncan is the culmination of three generations of plumbers and mechanical contractors. In the mid-1930's, Jake Shapiro started J. Shapiro Plumbing & Heating in Washington, D.C. After Jake retired, his son, David, a mechanical engineer, organized a merit shop mechanical contracting company in 1976, known as Shapiro & Duncan, Inc. David continued in the tradition of his father's work ethic which focused on excellence in performance. Requiring a commitment from all employees to provide each client with superior service and high quality work, Shapiro & Duncan quickly became known for offering its customers the best mechanical value in the area.[BR][BR] From the start, Shapiro & Duncan built a solid reputation in complex and demanding renovation projects. In the early 1990's, David passed the torch to his sons, Jerry and Sheldon, both engineers and graduates of the University of Maryland. They quickly brought the firm into the new millennium by developing a thorough and professional approach to mechanical contracting. They sought, hired and developed a team of the most talented and knowledgeable professionals in the industry then trained and equipped them with the latest in computer hardware, software, tools and equipment. Under their guidance, Shapiro & Duncan continued to complete the same varied projects, but significantly increased the volume of work and project size, and added new construction, office buildings, government, and industrial development projects to its portfolio. To date, Shapiro & Duncan has successfully completed nearly 2,000 projects and has established an endowed fund to support mechanical engineering students at the University. [BR][BR]

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