Stuard Scholarship Fund Announces 18 Winners
The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, recently announced 18 winners of the Dale and Bea Stuard National Housing Endowment Educational Fund Scholarship for the upcoming school year.
Bea and Dale Stuard
Established in 2000 and administered by members of the Building Industry Association of Orange County in California, the fund provides financial assistance to qualified students and trainees in housing-related programs, with special emphasis given to students and programs in California and to students who, due to family or financial circumstances, are unlikely to have educational opportunities beyond high school or equivalent vocational training.
Since this program's inception, more than $125,000 in scholarships has been awarded.
This year’s scholarship winners were collectively awarded $24,500. They include:
- Jessie Blote, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
- Kayla Chapman, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
- Leopold Cortez, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
- Christopher DeHaan, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
- Victor Doroghian, Brigham Young University
- Michael Duby, Saddleback College
- Jonathan Elder, University of Washington
- Brandon Harper, UCLA
- Ryan Hummel, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Tyler Vincent Jones, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Magdelena Lojewska, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
- Thomas McGrath, Purdue University
- Anastasia Mylonas, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
- Brent Robertson, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
- Rodolfo Rodriguez, University of Texas
- Dylan Sheld, Fullerton College
- ShuCora Walker, Mississippi State University
- Hollie Winningham, Fullerton College
“Bea and I are pleased to be able to help these students further their education and are confident that they will make significant contributions to the field of residential construction,” said Dale Stuard, past chairman of the endowment and 1988 NAHB president. “We are proud to take part in the National Housing Endowment’s efforts to increase the number of professionals entering the residential construction industry.”
Scholarship applications were graded and ranked accordingly based on merit, economic need and student potential.
This year’s selection committee included educators, industry professionals, government officials and representatives from local, non-profit organizations. The committee members included Tom Grable, William Lyon Homes (scholarship committee chairman); Greg Albert, Sares-Regis Group; Beth Curran, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors; Mari Kurtz, Cal Pac Sheet Metal; Terri Giamarino, North Orange County Regional Occupational Program; Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Homes; Jim Yates, Rancho Mission Viejo; Mohamed Somji, Global Building Resources Broco Cabinet Systems; Tom Rhodes, TWR Enterprises; and Kathy Johnson, Vital Link.
Providing Support for Vocational Programs, Too
Dale and Bea Stuard have also been working closely with vocational school students in Southern California.
In early 2003, the Stuards worked with the Southern California Building Industry Education Foundation to develop the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) program for students studying residential construction trades.
The four-year BITA program teaches students practical trades skills while bringing relevance to high school academic studies and exposes them to the diverse careers available in the industry. Since the program began, it has helped almost 2,500 students.
More Endowment Scholarship Programs
The endowment administers 10 scholarship programs and awards more than $350,000 each year to students pursuing careers in residential construction and related fields.
For more information, visit the endowment Web site at www.nationalhousingendowment.org.