Marica Foster of Anniston and Joshua Caleb Clark of Oxford will both study electrical technology at Gadsen State Community College-Ayers. Megan Elizabeth Chestnut of Anniston will study building science at Auburn University and Katherine Uhrin of Oxford will study architecture at Auburn University. The foundation’s scholarships range from $250 to $1000, a foundation official said.
Created in 1997, the foundation was established to help send more qualified workers into the building and construction trades. Foundation president Kenneth Chandler said Tuesday the scholarship program was created to ensure the survival of trade education in Alabama.
“Our mission was to try to go into schools and persuade people that they could make a good living,” said Chandler. “But we knew we had to put our money where our mouth is.”
Scholarship applicants are required to be Alabama residents, and must be enrolled in a technical school or junior college as well as in a construction-related field. The scholarship application is available on the foundation’s website at www.ahbfoundation.org. Students are welcome to re-apply each year. A committee made up of builders and associates from the HBAA selects the recipients, typically on a case-by-case basis, according to Chandler.
“If we don’t educate and train our future workforce, one day we are going to wake up and trade workers won’t be there,” Chandler said.
— Katie Turpen