Evans Scholarships Boost Students' Studies
Recipients of Lee S. Evans/National Housing Endowment Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year have used their funds to advance their careers in residential construction by taking additional construction- and management-related courses and needed books and supplies, several scholarship winners reported recently.
The Lee S. Evans Scholarships award graduates and undergraduates pursuing degrees in residential construction management in two- and four-year colleges and universities up to $5,000 each year.
- Christopher Ankner, who is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Maris College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and plans to work in real estate development, said the scholarship enabled him to attend classes he would have been unable to take this academic year.
During a class on leadership, Ankner said he learned that “leaders are often required to find quick solutions to messy and ambiguous problems,” a fact that particularly resonated with him because he “often resolved these types of problems while pursuing his own career.”
- David “Tyler” Jones, who is studying for a master’s degree in building construction and residential construction development at Georgia Tech and wants to develop mixed-use communities, said his scholarship enabled him to take additional courses on project management.
“The knowledge I gained through my studies at Georgia Tech, made possible with the help of the Lee S. Evans/National Housing Endowment Scholarship, will help me achieve my goals as a real estate professional.”
- Andres Boral, who is majoring in civil engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University, said he plans to complete his undergraduate degree and then work full-time for a construction firm while studying for his master’s degree at the University of Florida.
“The scholarship not only allowed me to take the required classes to stay in the civil engineering program, it also enabled me to get the books and school supplies I needed,” Boral said.
- Russell Martin, who is studying technology management with an emphasis on construction management at Utah Valley University, recently had his first child and was debating whether or not to continue his education because of the financial hardships he was experiencing. The scholarship enabled him to continue his studies.
Founded in 1993 by Lee and Virginia Evans, the Lee S. Evans Scholarship has awarded more than $475,000 to more than 170 students across the country.
Scholarship determinations for the 2010-2011 academic year are now in progress. The Evans Scholarship Committee — co-chairs Brenda Eid, founder of BJ Eid Associates, and Carole Jones, of Robert R. Jones Associates; and members William Hauke, of Hauke Building Supply; Mark Lee Levine, of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver; Bruno Pasquinelli, of Pasquinelli Construction Co.; Roger Reinhardt, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver; and Chuck Shinn, of Shinn Associates — will determine the scholarship winners. The winners will be announced in February.
Scholarship Founder and Builder Consultant Lee S. Evans Dies at 92
The National Housing Endowment recently announced that builder consultant Lee S. Evans, who along with his wife, Virginia, founded the Lee S. Evans Scholarship in 1993, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 7. He was 92.
A resident of Nederland, Colo., Evans advised countless builders on their businesses through seminars and personal consulting for more than four decades as the founder of the Lee Evans Group. He was an honorary trustee of the endowment and was inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame in 1988.