offering scholarships

Students who envision a career in construction have until February 3 to apply for three $1,000 scholarships from a website sponsored by three industry associations. will award the scholarships in 2006 to support construction-focused higher education. The program is open to students and construction industry professionals and its scholarships support the post-secondary education of students or the purchase of tools and equipment for those entering or working in the industry. provides career descriptions and construction terms and has information about construction jobs and the training or education required. Visitors to the site can search more than 1,600 construction career education programs at more than 400 institutions in North America. An industry links area of the website provides a list of trade unions and professional associations that can be used to research apprenticeships and other career-building programs.

The website also offers information on companies willing to host field trips or provide speakers and student internships to enrich teacher lesson plans and give students real-world experience.

Judging for the scholarship is based on an essay, school transcripts and personal references. A scholarship committee of representatives from’s three sponsoring organizations, the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Associated General Contractors of America, will choose the winners. Applications are available at

2005 scholarship winners are:

· Adam Albright, of Carlisle, Pa., who will apply his scholarship to his education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he studies heavy construction equipment technology.
· Ethel Chan, of Lawrenceville, N.J., who will apply her scholarship to her studies at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology.
· Drew Thelen, of Twin Lakes, Wis., who will apply his scholarship to help fund his construction management studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.