"Jibby" Diol's positive outlook, outgoing personality, and strong work
ethic earned him friendship and respect at every turn, while working toward a
civil engineering degree from Colorado State University and through a
successful position with Kiewit construction in Denver. Family, friends, and
co-workers were left grief-stricken by his tragic death Aug. 5, 2020, in an
arson fire at his home that also claimed the lives of his wife, daughter,
sister, and niece.
Kiewit worked with CSU to establish a civil engineering
scholarship in Diol's name. Kiewit Companies Foundation began with establishing a match to create the scholarship, which was supported by more than 100 different donors. The scholarship is now permanently endowed, creating a legacy for Diol at CSU forever.
Diol's enthusiasm for learning was well known.
Those who knew him feel the scholarship is a fitting tribute to the Senegalese
immigrant who was named an Outstanding Grad in December 2018. "Jibby
valued education to the highest degree," said Ousman Ba, a CSU alumnus and
close friend to Diol and his family. "A scholarship is one of the best
ways we can honor this amazing human being who brightened any room he stepped
into because of his smile, energy, or 6-foot-8-inch frame." Diol valued
service, and he volunteered his time generously. Most of all, Diol was deeply
devoted to his family. He supported family in the U.S. and Senegal while
attending college. "What set Jibby apart was his 'why,'" said Jason
Proskovec, a Kiewit project manager. "It was never about Jibby and his
success. Jibby's success meant a better life for his family and
Diol dreamed of one day using his engineering knowledge to
improve infrastructure in rural Senegal, after gaining professional experience
in the U.S. Following his CSU graduation, he worked as a field engineer for
Kiewit on the Central 70 highway project in Denver. He became a U.S. citizen
and moved his wife and toddler daughter to northeast Denver.
On the job site,
Diol's work ethic, drive, and smile were infectious. "On C-70 we started
the phrase, 'Be more like Jibby,' and we use it to this day," Proskovec
said. "His positive attitude always brought up morale, directly impacting
the performance of his team." "He had such big and ambitious goals
for the future," said Maryam Aīda Tidjani, a friend of Diol's and a CSU
student who is also from Senegal. "I am so grateful for this scholarship
because he would have loved to be able to help young, driven students who want
a better life, just like him," Tidjani said. "I am positive he would
have been proud of that."