ARTBA seeks highway memorial scholarship applicants

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is now accepting applications for the Lanford Family “Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program” for the 2011-2012 academic year. The program provides financial assistance to help the children of highway construction workers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty pursue post-high school education.

The scholarship program was launched in 1999 through a $100,000 gift from Jack and Stan Lanford of Roanoke, Virginia. Both are past ARTBA chairmen. Today, the fund is supported by contributions from industry foundations, firms and executives, and labor organizations. The scholarships have a value up to $5,000.

Eligibility requirements

•Applicants must be the sons, daughters, or legally adopted children of highway workers who have died or become permanently disabled in roadway construction zone accidents;

•An applicant’s parent must have been employed by a transportation construction firm or a transportation public agency at the time of his or her death or disabling injury;

•The scholarship award must be used to attend a post-secondary institution of learning that requires a high school diploma or Graduate Equivalent Degree (G.E.D.).

Scholarship election criteria

There are several criteria considered for selection of scholarship recipients:

•Past academic performance record — high school grades for new college entrants or cumulative college grade point average and academic performance for applicants already attending an institution of higher learning. A minimum cumulative academic performance of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.

•A typewritten statement of no more than 200 words that explains his or her reasons for wanting to continue their education.

•Demonstrated need for financial assistance to attend school.

•Letters of recommendation — in addition to those required by two teachers — that are offered in support of the applicant’s nomination.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2011. To obtain a copy of the application, go to

If you are aware of students who fit the scholarship criteria, please contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton at 202-289-4434.