Western North Carolina Construction Education Foundation
Our all-volunteer board believes that today’s professionals can make a difference in tomorrow’s labor shortage by sparking interest in the field of construction. We take regular action toward this goal, whether by speaking at community colleges or teaching Girl Scouts how to hammer nails and cut wood.
In response to labor shortages in our industry, a goal of the Education Foundation is to support and encourage young people to pursue successful careers in the trades.
The Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains announced the kickoff of the Education Foundation at its 2019 Awards Gala. As a result, we raised $9,570 from our generous members! Thank you to our first donors!
Education Foundation Scholarships
Our scholarship program is open to students studying building science, solar, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, architecture, or any other fields related to construction. Beyond simply receiving funds, recipients are invited to events of our sister organization Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At these functions, students can meet mentors, business contacts, and future employers – a unique and valuable perk.
We are currently accepting applications.
Applications are due May 20, 2024. Winners will be notified in June.
*Additional Scholarship Awards are available through the North Carolina Home Builders Educational Foundation, Inc. Visit NCHBA.org for eligibility requirements and to apply.
Here are some examples of scholarships that have been awarded:
In 2019, BABRM awarded six scholarships to students who attended a college or technical school and high school seniors preparing to study a construction related field.
In 2020, the Western North Carolina Construction Education Foundation awarded the Asheville Parks & Recreation Department with a donation of $2,000 for the development of a new program called BuildOut. The program focuses on teaching youth basic building skills such as learning how to select appropriate materials and tools, best safety practices, and completing a project from start to finish that they can take home.
In 2022, the Western North Carolina Construction Education Foundation brought a 12×12, single-room, nano dwelling unit built by the students of AB Tech to LEAF in October. The nano dwelling unit (NDU) was raffled off.
Donate to the Education Foundation
Because it is a 501(c)3, we welcome your donations! Donations to the Western North Carolina Construction Education Foundation are tax-deductible. Funds go towards scholarships, like those listed above. As a result, your donation will support the future builders, tradespeople, and leaders of the home building industry and consequently, enhance the industry as a whole.
We are currently fundraising in support of 2024 scholarships and community partners. If you share our goal of supporting learners and building the construction workforce, please consider making a tax-deductible donation!
Thank you for supporting the Foundation!
Scholarship Criteria Information
To be eligible for scholarship a student must meet the following criteria:
Length of Time
Scholarships will be awarded for one year. Scholarships will not automatically renew, but students may reapply each year.
The AHBA Education Foundation will award multiple scholarships during the 2023 year. The number of scholarships and amount may vary.
Scholarships will be awarded to students in their senior year of high school and/or attending a college or technical school. Both full and part-time students are eligible.
The scholarship winners will be notified by an email and invited to attend AHBA event coinciding with time of award to accept scholarship. Deadline to submit for scholarship is May 16, 2023.
Scholarships will be awarded based on merit as determined by the AHBA Education Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending a college, technical school or a senior in high school within North Carolina and studying in a construction related field. Visit our Online Directory for examples of construction related job categories.
Students must provide BABRM with proof of school acceptance no later than July 30, 2024. After receiving proof of acceptance the EF will send a check directly to the school with the scholarship recipient noted in the memo.
Special instructions from the school regarding scholarship funds should be submitted with proof of acceptance.
Only completed submissions will be reviewed and must include:
- Completed scholarship application
- One letter of recommendation (minimum)
Apply for a Scholarship
If you’re interested in the scholarship complete your application here