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Building a Better Future – Scholarships for Construction Management Students

College is expensive—there’s just no real way around it. With consistent talk of mounting student load debt in the media and a steady unemployment rate in the competitive job sector, college students are faced with a real challenge come graduation day. More and more often, new grads are faced with multi-digit student loan debt and consistent messages from hiring employers that they require more experience to obtain a high-paying job. This is a challenge (to say the least). But, while a college education has become somewhat of a burden for students in today’s harsh economy, degrees are nonetheless essential to steps toward success in many areas of industry. Governmental and private scholarships and grants are available in all areas of education and study.

With a little forward thinking and research, students can find scholarship opportunities that can help lessen the burden of college tuition. Consider these three scholarship opportunities for individuals who are interested in obtaining a degree in construction management.

Associated General Contractors of America Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the Associated General Contractors of America Foundation and is available for both undergraduate and graduate level students. Students must be enrolled in an ABET or ACCE- accredited construction management or construction related engineering program. Undergraduate scholarships are available for rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, two, four, or five-year construction management and construction-related engineering programs. For this scholarship, high school seniors are not eligible. The graduate scholarship offered by the AGC Foundation is available to college senior enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate level construction management or construction-related engineering degree program. The undergraduate scholarships are worth $2,500 each per year for up to five years and are awarded over 100 times a year. The graduate level scholarships are worth $7,500 each.

American Concrete Institute Student Fellowship Program

This scholarship is awarded by the American Concrete Institute Foundation. The scholarship is available to undergraduate students completing studies from an accredited program in engineering, construction management, or another relevant field. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member who is a member or the ACI. This scholarship opportunity is available to eligible students across the globe, but actual study must take place in either the United States or Canada. Finalists for the fellowship must attend an ACI convention for an interview. This fellowship includes a monetary award as well as mentoring and a potential internship in the future.

Pulte Group Build Your Future Scholarship Program

The National Housing Endowment offers several student scholarships for individuals interested in the building industry. The Pulte Group Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to undergraduate students pursuing a career in the building industry (not just construction management). The goal of the scholarship is to address the pressing need for education and training managers in the building industry. Applicants must have at least one full academic year remaining in their course of study and have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 with a major GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to applicants who are members of industry-related service or professional organizations (particularly the National Association of Home Builders). The scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and professional goals.

Today’s guest article is provided by Kristie Lewis. After obtaining her construction management degree, Kristie decided she wanted to help others better understand the process and industry by writing about it. Feel free to contact her with your questions, comments or concerns at Kristie.lewis81@gmail.com.

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