ARTBA awards scholarships to 11 children of fallen highway workers

artba-logoThe American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) has selected 11 students to receive scholarships from the foundation’s “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.”

The scholarship provides financial assistance toward higher education for children of workers killed or permanently disabled on the job.

The following students will receive the scholarship in 2014:

Vybav Hiraesave, Dover, Del.: Vybav’s father, Vasuki Hiraesave, was killed in an accident while working for the Delaware Department of Transportation in March 2006. Vybav is a junior at the University of Delaware and is majoring in chemical engineering.

Lyndsay Morgan, Daytona Beach, Fla.: Lyndsay’s father, Steven Morgan, was killed in a November 2011 accident while working on Interstate 75 in Florida. Lyndsay is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University and is majoring in communication studies.

Amy McNeil, Kountze, Texas: Amy’s father, Jeffrey McNeil, was killed in 2005 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation on U.S. 69 in Beaumont. Amy attends Lamar State College and will start a registered nursing program in January 2015.

LaToya Hood, Houston, Texas: LaToya’s father, Paris Hood, was struck by a vehicle and killed in a February 1998 accident while working for the Texas Department of Transportation on I-27. LaToya is an education major at Texas Southern University.

Kaitlyn Henry, Dennison, Ohio: Kaitlyn’s father, Gary Henry, was struck by a construction vehicle and killed in 2013 while working on a state highway construction project on Interstate 270 near Columbus, Ohio. Kaitlyn is an intervention specialist major Ohio University.

Alexis Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.: Alexis’ dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Alexis is a sophomore at Bentley University near Boston and is majoring in marketing.

Joshua Frank, Sterling, Colo.: Joshua’s father, Thomas Frank, was struck and killed in 1996 while working for the Colorado Department of Transportation on I-76 near Sterling. Joshua is attending Wyotech in Laramie, Wyo., and is majoring in diesel mechanics and chassis fabrication.

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Leah Barnes, Bronx, N.Y.: Leah’s father, Donald Barnes, worked for the New York State Thruway Authority and was permanently disabled in 1995 when he was struck by a vehicle.  Leah is a junior studying elementary education at Delaware State University in Dover.

Willie Blevins, Danielsville, Ga.: Willie’s mother, Kathy Blevins, worked for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. She had just finished painting turn-lane lines when her vehicle was struck and she was killed in 2004. Willie will attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro this fall and plans to major in biology.

Emily Jones, Billings, Mont.: Emily’s father, Richard Jones, an employee of Direct Traffic Control, was killed in a car accident in 2013. Emily will attend Montana State University in the fall and plans to major in criminal justice.

Kelsey Williams, Chehalis, Wash.: Kelsey’s father, Samuel Williams, Jr., was killed in 2000 while working as a flagger for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Kelsey will attend Western Oregon University in Monmouth and plans to major in fire service administration.