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24 Students Awarded Scholarships at 130th Anniversary Banquet of The Builders’ Association



Kansas City, MO – Twenty-four outstanding students received scholarships at The Builders’ Association’s 130th Anniversary Banquet, which was held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center on Friday, February 24, 2017. The scholarships were funded by donations to The Builders’ Association Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit endowment fund established to support, through scholarships, the academic education of individuals who seek careers in the commercial construction industry.

The students are:

SPENCER GOULD, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, JEFF AMMON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Spencer Gould, a senior at MSU, will graduate in spring 2018 with a B.S. degree in Construction Management. Spencer is a member of the AGC Construction Club of MSU and Vice President of Delta Chi Fraternity. He was on the team which placed first in the Specialty Contracting Division at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 4 competition in the fall of 2015. During the summer of 2016, he was an Estimating Intern with Apac-Central, Inc. He aspires to a career in the commercial construction industry.

MADELINE PRALL, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY, PATRICIA CARROLL SCHOLARSHIP
Madeline Prall, a junior at UMKC, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and UMKC’s Engineers Without Borders. During the summer of 2016, she was an intern for an engineering firm in Lenexa, where she tested soil and concrete, inspected rebar and masonry, and performed density and compaction tests. She aspires to a career as a geotechnical engineer.

MICHELLE ANDERSON, MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, V.S. DICARLO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Michelle Anderson, a junior at Missouri S&T, will graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in May 2018. She was elected President of the Missouri S&T Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2016. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Secretary of the Missouri S&T Chapter of the AGC. During the summer of 2016 she was an Engineering Intern with a leading manufacturer of metal buildings, and during the summer of 2015 she worked for MoDOT. Michelle aspires to a career in engineering.

MEGAN M. MÄTT, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, J.E. DUNN, SR. SCHOLARSHIP
Megan Mätt, a sophomore at Iowa State University, will graduate in May 2019 with a B.S. in Construction Engineering. She is Monitoring Committee Chair of Alpha Omicron Pi. She is also active in the ISU Student Chapter of the AGC and the Program for Women in Science and Engineering. Last summer, she was an Estimating Intern with a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based general contractor. Prior to that, she worked for her family’s general contracting business in Sumner, Iowa. She plans on a career in Construction Engineering.

BRETA PHILLIPS, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, JOHN AND JILL DUNN SCHOLARSHIP
Breta Phillips, a junior at KU with a 3.99 GPA, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering. She is Secretary of the Illumination Engineering Society. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Self Engineering Leadership Fellowship. In 2016, Breta was a teaching fellow for Statics and Dynamics at the KU School of Engineering. She plans to work as an electrical and lighting design engineer for an AEC firm with a particular emphasis on sustainable design.

HEATHER RANDOLPH, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, FIREBAUGH CONSTRUCTION, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
Heather Randolph, a junior at K-State, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering. She is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and the Society of Women Engineers. With her passion for supporting Women in Engineering/ Construction, she also actively participates in the Women in Engineering Mentor/Ambassador program. Last summer, she was a design intern with a leading high-performance building services firm. Heather looks forward to an engineering career in the construction industry.

AMY BLANCO, JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, FOGEL-ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION CO. SCHOLARSHIP
Amy Blanco, a sophomore at JCCC, will graduate in May 2019 with an AAS degree in Construction Management and Business Management. She is President of the JCCC Student Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and is a member of NAWIC Greater Kansas City Chapter 100. She has worked in residential and commercial project management and is currently a residential property manager. Amy aspires to a career in commercial construction and has a special interest in estimating and project management.

JESSICA GJERDE, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, GRAND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC SCHOLARSHIP
Jessica Gjerde, a sophomore at KU, will graduate in May 2019 with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering. She was a member of the ACE Mentor Program at Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa, and is currently a member of the Society of Women Engineers. During the summer of 2016 she was a Project Management Intern with a general contractor in Iowa. Upon graduation, she would like to begin her construction career as a project engineer and eventually become a project manager.

WILLIAM THOMPSON, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, JENE HAYES/HAYES DRILLING, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
William Thompson, a sophomore at MSU, will graduate in December 2018 with a B.S. in Construction Management. He is a member of the AGC Construction Club of MSU and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. William is the son of a residential framing contractor. He was an all-district running back in high school and made it to sectionals in the 100 and 200 in track. Since November 2016, he has been an intern with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., in Springfield. He aspires to become a project manager in civil construction.

HALEY CROWNOVER, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI, A.L. HUBER GENERAL CONTRACTOR SCHOLARSHIP
Haley Crownover, a junior at UCM, will graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management in May 2018. She was a Co-Team Leader at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Nebraska City in 2016. She is a member of the Society of Construction Management and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is a student representative on the UCM Construction Management Department’s Faculty Hiring Committee. She began an internship with A.L. Huber General Contractor in May 2016 and plans on a career in commercial construction.

ROSE E. GENSICHEN, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA, JAMES L. HUTTON, SR./WILLIAM W. HUTTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Rose Gensichen, a junior at UNO, will receive a B.S. in Construction Management in May 2018. She is a member of the UNO Student Chapter of the AGC and is Vice President of the MCA–Omaha 2016 Leadership Academy. She is on the UNO Mavericks Division 1 Track & Field Team and The Summit League’s Academic Honor Roll and Distinguished Scholars List. Rose is a part-time field engineer with a leading general contractor on USSTRATCOM. She plans to work in commercial construction, pursue an MBA degree, and become an operations manager.

LAUREN SHOEMAKER, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI, JAMES L. “SKIP” HUTTON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
A junior at UCM, Lauren Shoemaker will receive a B.S. in Safety Management with a minor in Communications in May 2018. She is President of the UCM Student Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. She is a UCM Academic Collegiate Scholar and was 2015 Vice President of the UCM Association of Industrial Hygienists. Last summer, Lauren was a Safety Intern with JE Dunn Construction Company, and she plans to continue this role with JE Dunn in 2017. She aspires to a Safety Management career preventing incidents, injuries and illnesses.

KYLE A. BRANDEL, MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KELLY CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
Kyle Brandel, a freshman at Missouri S&T, will receive his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in May 2020. He was Academic All-State on the Holden High School Eagles baseball team his junior and senior years. He is a member of the Missouri S&T Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His interest in the construction industry was inspired by his father Stanley, who is a Project Superintendent with Kelly Construction Group, Inc. Kyle plans to become a civil engineer in the commercial construction industry and to eventually start his own firm.

NATHAN STERNS, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, MCCOWNGORDON CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIP
Nathan Sterns, a junior at K-State with a 3.9 GPA, will receive his B.S. degree in Construction Science and Management in May 2018. He is Secretary of the K-State Student Chapter of the AGC (his second year on the Executive Board), a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honor Society, and a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. During the past two summers, Nate has served an internship with McCownGordon Construction. He looks forward to becoming the lead foreman of a carpentry crew and to continuing his involvement with the AGC.

JOSHUA KLEINHEIDER, STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE OF MISSOURI, PHILLIP W. MOORE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Joshua Kleinheider will receive his Associate of Applied Science Technology degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, MO in May 2018. He became a union Carpenter in 2002. In January 2007, he joined the U.S. Army as a Carpentry/Masonry Specialist. He is an Iraq War veteran. Joshua and his wife Kristen are parents of a young son and daughter. He currently works for a residential contractor. He looks forward to a career in the construction industry.

TRAVIS SOLANDER, PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY, MURRAY COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Travis Solander, a junior at PSU, will graduate with a B.S. degree in Construction Management in May 2018. He is a member of the AGC Construction Club of PSU. He traveled to Milwaukee for the American Concrete Institute’s fiber-reinforced bowling ball student competition in 2016. Last summer he worked for a concrete contractor with various duties including concrete finish work. Travis hopes to one day own a commercial construction company performing site work, concrete work, and carpentry.

HARLEY KNAPP, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, PEARCE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Harley Knapp, a junior at KU, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and a minor in Business. She is on the Executive Council of Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity, and a member in ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Last summer she traveled to New Zealand with the International Student Volunteers organization. She gained exposure to construction early on through her family’s heavy and civil engineering construction business. She aspires to be an engineer and project manager.

TIARA EWY, PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY, RAU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP
Tiara Ewy, a senior at PSU, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Construction Engineering Technology. She transferred to PSU from Neosho County Community College (NCCC), where was captain of the softball team and was named the NCCC’s outstanding female athlete. She is Development Chair of the AGC Construction Club of PSU and a member of the PSU Student Competition Team of the American Concrete Institute. Upon graduation, she plans to work for a commercial concrete or mechanical contractor.

HAYDN A. LOCK, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI IN COLUMBIA, SENTER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Haydn Lock, a junior at MU with a 4.0 GPA, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is on the Dean’s High Honor Roll and is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, Mizzou Engineering Timber Bridge Team, MU Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Chi Epsilon civil engineering honors fraternity. He was a Project Engineer Intern with a general contractor during the summer of 2016 and currently continues in that role part-time. He aspires to one day run his own construction firm.

MEGAN MCALISTER, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, GEORGE J. SHAW CONSTRUCTION CO. SCHOLARSHIP
Megan McAlister, a junior at KU, will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering. She is a member of the Physics and Engineering Student Organization, Society of Women Engineers, and KU Honors Program. She is also employed by KU as a teacher of MATH 101 college-level algebra. Megan hopes to work for a small engineering firm in Kansas City, “adding to the scenic architecture of the expanding downtown business community,” and would like to participate in community outreach, inspiring young students to pursue math and science.

PHILIP P. IEKEL, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KENNETH O. VON ACHEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Philip Iekel, a second-year graduate student pursuing his Masters in Structural Engineering from Iowa State University, will graduate in January 2018. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State in 2016. During the summer of 2016, he was an intern with Burns & McDonnell’s Civil/ Structural Group, Transmission & Distribution Division. Since August 2016, he has been a Research Assistant at Iowa State’s Bridge Engineering Center. Upon graduating, he would like to work for a design consulting or design-build firm.

DUNCAN P. MACLACHLAN, THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, ADVANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Duncan MacLachlan, a senior at KU, will graduate in spring 2017 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is an Eagle Scout and Co-Founded the Scouting KU STEM Outreach Program. He is a former Captain of the KU Steel Bridge Team. He has also been a research assistant with KU’s Steel Fatigue and Fracture Research Group. Duncan plans to pursue an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering and earn his PE license. He aspires to a career in structural engineering with a focus on large-scale public works projects.

AARON M. PARKHURST, MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, THE BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
Aaron Parkhurst, a senior at MSU, will graduate in December 2017 with a B.S. degree in Construction Management. He is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi and the AGC Construction Club of MSU, and his team placed second in the Commercial Division of the 2016 ASC competition. He was a field engineer intern with McCownGordon Construction during the summer of 2016 and is currently an intern with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He plans to become a project superintendent in commercial construction.

SAMUEL B. RUNGE, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI IN COLUMBIA, THE BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
In December 2017, Samuel Runge, a senior at MU, will graduate with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as Vice President of Risk Management for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. As part of the MU Undergraduate Research Program, he studied a new bridge technology for MoDOT. During the summer of 2015 and 2016, Samuel was a Project Engineer Intern with an independent McCarthy company in St. Louis. He plans to pursue a PE license and work in the civil/construction field as a project manager.

About The Builders’ Association
Don Greenwell is President and Richard Bruce, Ph.D., is Education & Training Director of The Builders’ Association, which represents about 800 general contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and service provider member companies employing about 25,000 people. Phillip W. Thomas is Chairman of The Builders’ Association Scholarship Foundation. With 130 years of service to the commercial construction industry, The Builders’ Association operates training and plan room service centers in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield, as well as its Education & Training Center in North Kansas City. The Builders’ Association’s sister organization, the Kansas City Chapter, AGC, currently represents more than 121 firms and is part of the AGC of America, the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. Visit The Builders’ Association online at www.buildersassociation.com.