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Construction Students Awarded Scholarships From Industry Allies

Five Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 40 recipients of 2009-10 “Build Your Future” scholarships from Centex Homes and the National Housing Endowment.

Each of the five enrolled in the School of Construction and Design Technologies will receive $1,250 from Centex and the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders, both longtime partners in the college’s academic mission. Founded a decade ago, the scholarship program encourages students to further their education in such industry-related fields as construction management, construction technology, civil engineering and architecture.

This year’s Penn College honorees are Benjamin H. Clark, Chadds Ford, and Corwyn K. Smith, Gettysburg, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; Noah A. Grube, New Tripoli, construction management; Ryan M. Hummel, Reading, building construction technology; and Tyler V. Jones, South Abington Township, architectural technology. It is the second consecutive award to Smith, who received $3,000 last year.

“The overwhelming support that our students receive from industry is astonishing. Not only do the scholarships provide a direct benefit to the financial needs of the students, but they also indicate the level of commitment that the construction industry has for strengthening the American workforce,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies. “Saying “˜Thank you’ is never enough. Providing future leaders is one way of giving back.”

Since its founding, the Centex/National Housing Endowment Scholarship has awarded more than $250,000 to 155 exemplary students attending residential-construction programs across the country. Preference is given to students who are active members of NAHB student chapters at their university or college and who maintain a 2.5 grade-point average in all course work and a 3.0 in their core curriculum.

For more information about majors in the School of Construction and Design Technologies, visit online or call 570-327-4518. For more information about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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