Happy New Year Everyone:
As Chairman of the VAA Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce that our 2017 goal to award five scholarships has been reached! Through the generosity of our donors, VAA will be able to award five deserving individuals a scholarship check for $5000.00 each. New in 2017, one of the scholarships awarded will be reserved specifically for a trade school applicant. So, spread the word, it’s time for applications to be completed and returned. You can’t be awarded a scholarship if you don’t apply!
In 2016 VAA awarded three $5,000.00 scholarships at our Annual Meeting at Pinehurst. On behalf of myself and the entire scholarship committee, please join us in congratulating our 2016 scholarship recipients!!
Taylor Holt is the daughter of Harry and Flo King and was sponsored by Colony Construction. Taylor is completing her freshman year in Engineering at Virginia Tech and plans to pursue Chemical Engineering.
Casey Taylor was sponsored by B & S Construction where his father and grandfather have worked for many years. He is a senior at R.E. Lee High School in Staunton and will be attending UVA-Wise in the fall to study software engineering and play football.
Emily Perkins is the daughter of Jeff and Elizabeth Perkins and was sponsored by Boxley. Emily will be attending UVA in the fall.
I would like to thank everyone, individuals and companies alike, who contributed to the 2016 VAA Scholarship Fund.
You can contribute to the future of our industry by clicking on the DONATE button at the top of the screen and completing the form. Write a check payable to the NAPA Research and Education Foundation. To ensure your contribution is tax deductible, place VAA Scholarship in the memo field of your check.
I would also like to thank the committee members listed below who all helped select the three winners from all our pool of applicants.
Carter Iseman – Virginia Asphalt Association
David White – Superior Paving Corp.
David Horton – Virginia Paving Company
Blair Williamson – S.L. Williamson Company, Inc.
Kevin Jones – Branscome, Inc.
This scholarship program was established to assist dependents of VAA member companies in furthering their education beyond high school. This program is managed under the auspices of the NAPA Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) Scholarship Program, a 501(c)3 organization.
Only dependents/spouses/employees of VAA member companies are eligible to apply. Eligibility includes all incoming freshman, first-year attendees at post-high school institution (i.e. trade school, colleges, universities). Also those students currently enrolled in post-high school institutions may apply.
It was an honor to meet all three winners and their families. I was able to hear more about their lives and their future plans. In closing, it has been rewarding to see the successes of our inaugural year and only with your continued support will the program exceed expectations.
Please consider making a contribution and investing in the future of our industry.
Scott T. Claud, President
Colony Construction, Inc.