Construction Scholar Sets Her Sights on Non-Profit Housing
Ashley Bastian, a sophomore majoring in construction management at Utah Valley State College, in Orem, Utah, hopes to one day start a non-profit housing organization that provides home buying assistance to the disadvantaged and builds safe houses for parents and children in abusive situations.
Ashley Bastian, endowment scholar at Utah Valley State College
For the 2005-2006 academic year, Bastian was the recipient of three scholarships through the National Housing Endowment ― the Centex Build Your Future Scholarship, the Lee S. Evans Scholarship and the Herman J. Smith Scholarship.
She has put these scholarships to good use.
Bastian maintains a 3.67 grade point average and is the president of her Associated General Contractors chapter and the secretary of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association Student Chapter.
Bastian also volunteers at a local elementary school and with Habitat for Humanity, and she and her husband, Scott, a civil engineer, have a young son Blake.
Through her college field work, Bastian has gained experience as an assistant project manager with duties that have included closing out projects, monitoring job sites, weekly project reporting, maintaining submittals and transmittals and rotating plans to subcontractors. She has also helped build a home, assisting with flat and foundation work and frame and finish carpentry.
“I am so grateful to the National Housing Endowment and the donors who have made these scholarships possible,” said Bastian. “These funds have provided much needed relief to me and my family and will help me complete my career goals.
“I have used the scholarships to help prepare myself through leadership opportunities and vocational training,” Bastian continued. “I look forward to implementing the excellent techniques and methods of construction management that I have learned in my education.”
The endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, administers four scholarship programs and awards more than $300,000 each year to students pursuing careers in residential construction and related fields.
For more information, visit the endowment Web site at www.nationalhousingendowment.org.