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Herman J. Smith Scholarship Award Winners Announced



Patsy Smith


The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, recently announced seven winners of the 2009-2010 Herman J. Smith/National Housing Endowment Scholarship

The Herman J. Smith Scholarship Fund, honoring 1981 NAHB President Herman J. Smith, provides assistance to graduate and undergraduate students studying construction management, mortgage finance and related fields.

This year, seven students were awarded $2,000 scholarships each:

  • Benjamin Briggs, a junior at Brigham Young University studying construction management

  • Austin Nichols, a senior at Texas Tech University studying landscape architecture

  • Rodolfo Rodriguez, a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin studying architecture

  • Sarai Simpson, a senior at Prairie View A&M University studying architecture and construction science

  • Martha Villanueva, a senior at the University of Houston studying construction management

  • Frank Villarruel, a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in architecture

  • Zachary Wright, a junior at San Antonio College-Alamo Community College District studying architecture

“The local Fort Worth, Texas, scholarship committee is inspired every year when we review the biographies, academics and future plans of students in housing-related careers who apply for the Herman J. Smith/National Housing Endowment Scholarship,” said Patsy Smith, who established the scholarship in her husband’s memory. “We are happy to serve in making an impact on the future of housing in America.”

Patsy Smith is also an endowment life trustee and a trustee and past chair of the Home Builders Institute, the workforce development arm of NAHB.

“We are pleased to present these scholarships in honor of the memory of Herman Smith. The students that these scholarships support are a testament to the legacy that Herman has left the housing industry,” said Gary Garczynski, endowment chair and 2002 NAHB president.

Since its inception in 1997, the Smith scholarship fund has awarded more than $170,000 to 108 students.

This year, the Smith scholarship committee also awarded a $2,000 grant to the Home Builders Institute Fund for Excellence in the Trades, an HBI-administered grant that supports students who are training in the various home building-related trades.

More Endowment Scholarship Programs

The endowment administers 10 scholarships and awards more than $300,000 each year to students pursuing careers in residential construction and related fields.

For more information, visit the endowment's Web site at www.nationalhousingendowment.org.

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