Green Building Scholarship Receives Tonjes Donation
A newly created National Housing Endowment scholarship to provide funding for students to attend NAHB’s annual National Green Building Conference received a donation from Ray Tonjes, a former chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee and an Austin, Texas remodeler and builder, during the association’s spring board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 27-30.
Tonjes presented a check during the meeting of the Green Building Subcommittee.
The scholarship was announced during this year’s National Green Building Conference, which was held in Dallas on May 8-10. Founding contributor Tommy Ford Construction endowed the scholarship in honor of Texas entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens.
Managed by the National Housing Endowment, the new fund provides financial support to students in a two-year or four-year design and construction education and training program.
The Green Building Subcommittee will determine eligibility requirements and recommend recipients for the scholarship.
“With the help of generous contributions from our member leaders, the National Housing Endowment continues to invest in the future of the home building industry by recognizing the demand for green building education,” said Endowment Board of Trustees Chair F. Gary Garczynski.
“Ray’s contribution will help make a difference in students’ careers and lives by giving them access to the most advanced green building technologies and set an example for other longtime green builders,” he said.
Both NAHB members and nonmembers are eligible to contribute to the scholarship fund. Checks can be made out to the National Housing Endowment and sent to: National Housing Endowment, 1201 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.
For more information, e-mail Tracy MacMaster at the National Housing Endowment, or call 800-368-5242 x8069.