Children of injured highway workers get scholarships from ARTBA-TDF

Children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance for higher education from scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).Students from Missouri, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Georgia, and New York have been named 2009 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.

The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, Va., highway contractors and their companies-Stan Lanford of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford, with Adams Construction Company. Both men are past ARTBA chairmen.

More than 1,000 people-including more than 100 highway workers-are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents. An additional 40,000 people are injured annually in these sites.

The 2009 ARTBA-TDF Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients are the following:

Kaylee Baublitz, Sarcoxie, Mo.

Kaylee’s mother, Karla Baublitz, was killed on the job in 2003 while working for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Kaylee attends Missouri Southern State University in the fall and majors in elementary education.

Brian Brown, Coeburn, Va.

Brian’s father, Billie, was permanently disabled in an accident after jumping into a ditch to avoid being struck by a high-speed truck as he worked in a roadway work zone for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Brian is pursuing degrees in government and biblical studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Joseph Halvorson, Ames, Iowa

Joe’s father, Russell Halvorson, was working for Davis Concrete/Silvestri Paving Company installing new curbs on a road in Illinois when he was killed by a drunk driver in 1989. Joe is pursuing a degree in meteorology at Iowa State University.

Derrick Howard, Roark, Kentucky

Derrick’s father, Patrick Howard, died in 2003 when he was thrown from a utility bucket truck while on the job for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Derrick attends Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, is majoring in biology and planning a career in medicine.

Alyssa & Brianna Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.

Alyssa’s and Brianna’s dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Alyssa is a junior at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, and is pursuing a double major in business management and marketing. Brianna will be a freshman at Northwestern University in the fall and plans to study journalism.

David Macloon, Reading, Mass.

David’s father, Robert Macloon, was injured in an accident while working for DeMatteo/Flatiron in 1999. David attends St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and is majoring in criminal justice.

Allison Moore, Chula, Ga.

Allison’s father, Steve Moore, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation in November 1996. Moore currently attends Kennesaw (Ga.) State University, and her major is still undecided.

Rachel Moser, Middletown, Md.

Rachel’s father, Richard Moser, a 21-year veteran of the Maryland State Highway Administration was clearing debris on a highway overpass on Interstate 270 when he was struck and killed in June 2007. Rachel is studying religion at Denison University in Ohio.

Nicole Rumley, Marilla, N.Y.

Nicole’s father, Thomas Rumley, was injured in an accident and permanently disabled while working for West Seneca, N.Y.-based ABC Paving/ERSC on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers LU17. Nicole is a junior studying French/Adolescent Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program. Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Holly Bolton at or 202-289-4434. Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.