2018 Scholarship Recipients (front left to right): Lauren Shirley (sponsor firm Disaster Response Network), Ashley Hogge (sponsor firm Gaston Brothers Utilities, LLC), and Rebecca Snell (sponsor firm Trident Civil). 2018 Scholarship Selection Committee: (back left to right) Ed Plucinski, Concrete Pipe & Precast, LLC, John Lockard, Vandeventer Black LLP, Ashley Giordano, Rain for Rent, Brian Parks, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, Chuck Doster, United Rentals, and Chairperson Allan Gibbs, Orion Associates.
The HRUHCA Memorial College Scholarship Foundation
2017 Scholarship recipients (in front from left to right) Lauren Shirley, Ashley Hogge, Katherine Plucinski, Hope Whitehead, and Collan Hilfiger, proudly show their award certificates at the 2017 HRUHCA June Membership award ceremony with HRUHCA President & Scholarship Committee (in back from left to right, Ashley Giordano, (President) Chris Safrit, (Scholarship Chairman) Allan Gibbs, (Guest Speaker) Dave Christianson, Betty Kaye Schomburg, John Lockard, and Chuck Doster.
HRUHCA annually awards one or more partial college scholarships through its Memorial College Scholarship Foundation.
History of the HRUHCA
Memorial College Scholarship Foundation
The HRUHCA Memorial College Scholarship Foundation was formed early in the history of HRUHCA, but the program gained significant momentum when HRUHCA member Allan Gibbs, owner of HRUHCA contractor member firm Orion Associates, began his tenure as Chairman in 1997 (Allan continues to lead the scholarship foundation as chairman).
Allan formally organized the program as a charitable foundation and actively solicited the initial funding that was the "investment base" upon which the program has depended on for the past eighteen years.
The scholarships are given in memory of industry friends, relatives, and loved ones. Those people who have been memorialized include: Sam Archbell, Harry Breakfield, Mike Corbin, Dave Hawley, Cole S. Hilfiger, George Hunt, C. Roger Malbon, Dave McSweeney, Buggs Moran, Clinton Teets, and Ruth and Elmer Womack.
Eligibility is available for any applicant who is a HRUHCA member, the employee of a HRUHCA member firm, or a child whose relative works for a HRUHCA member firm who will be enrolling in, or is currently attending a full-time academic or technical institution.
The successful applicant(s) are judged on a number of different criteria, including (but not limited to): 1) Grades in high school/college/technical college; 2) Participation in extracurricular activities and community activities; 3) Interest in the construction industry; and 4) Financial need.
in 2014, a number of the most senior members of the HRUHCA membership were organized as a formal "steering committee" and leadership group. The group met and decided to initiate a campaign to raise additional funds in order to increase the scholarship award levels and also to allow the foundation to only use the interest on the principle of the scholarship fund.
The HRUHCA College Scholarship Foundation Steering Committee
Allan Gibbs, Chariman, Orion Associates
Lewis Witt, Inner-View, Ltd.
Jerry Womack, Suburban Grading and Utilities
Preston Fussell, Precon Construction
Bill Witt, WB&E Construction
Brad Fussell, Gaston Brothers Utilities
Jack Rephan, Pender & Coward
The "million dollar challenge" scholarship fundraising campaign was "kicked-off" in a big way when steering committee members Jerry Womack (HRUHCA Founding Father and owner of member firm Suburban Grading and Utilities) and Chairman Allan Gibbs "reached into their own pockets" to donate $100,000.00.
This single donation raised the total scholarship fund to over $300,000.00 and left no doubt that the steering committee was focused and determined to meet the challenge.
The HRUHCA Memorial College Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $150,000.00 in partial scholarships that have helped over seventy sons and daughters of HRUHCA member firms achieve their goal of a college education.
Please contact Chairman Allan Gibbs or HRUHCA Executive Director Stephanie Rogers if you would like to consider an individual or corporate donation to the million dollar challenge.
A feature story about Allan Gibbs from a HRUHCA Newsletter in 1997 when he was elected as chairman of the HRUHCA College Scholarship Program.
HRUHCA College Scholarship Foundation Chairman Allan Gibbs poses with scholarship recipient Collan Hilfiger and President John Saintsing at the 2016 scholarship award presentation cememony
Jerry Womack (Suburban Grading & Utilities, Chairman Allan Gibbs (Orion Associates) Lewis Witt (Inner-View, Ltd.), Preston Fussell (Precon Construction), and the other members of the newly formed "steering committee" (out of picture, Brad Fussell, Bill Witt, and Jack Rephan) meet at the offices of Orion Associates to kick-ioff the first HRUHCA College Scholarship Foundation steering committee meeting. The first order of business: organizing the "million dollar challenge."
HRUHCA College Scholarship Foundation Steering Committee members Jerry Womack (Suburban Grading and Utilities) and Allan Gibbs (Orion Associates) proudly present a check to the HRUHCA College Scholarship Foundation in the amount of $100,000.00 to "kick-off" the million dollar challenge at the HRUHCA 40th Anniversay Celebration in September of 1974.
2016 scholarship recipient Haley Pflanzer pose with parents Frank and Kat Tucker, family, and members of Paragon Paving. Please consider helping our present and future recipients by making an individual or corporate donation to this very rewarding program.