Think About the Future
For more than two decades, the National Precast Concrete Association Foundation has provided educational scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in civil engineering, architectural and construction-related curricula. The Foundation’s philosophy is to introduce the features and benefits of precast concrete products and create a more educated specifying community.
You can help ensure that future generations of precasters, architects, engineers and builders are there – qualified and ready – to help our industry grow.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year! Applications are due Feb. 2, 2015. Click here for more information and to submit your application.
NPCA Foundation Silent Auction
The NPCA Foundation is once again hosting a silent auction, which will take place during the NPCA Annual Convention in Montreal this October. In support of the event, the Foundation is currently accepting donations.
Last year’s donations included gift cards, vacation packages, jewelry, iPads and everything in between. No donation is too big or too small, and donations may be tax deductible (check with your tax adviser). Monies raised through the NPCAF silent auction will directly benefit the Foundation’s scholarship fund and other outreach projects benefiting the precast concrete industry.
Please contact Marti Harrell, NPCAF managing director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-366-7731 with any questions.
NPCAF Board of Directors Nominations
Nominations for the NPCA Foundation Board of Directors are now being accepted! Visit the Board of Directors section to download an application. Applications are due back to NPCAF Managing Director Marti Harrell by Sept. 1, 2014.
Our Industry…Our Future
Since its beginnings in 1989, the NPCA Foundation has provided educational scholarships to more than 80 undergraduate students enrolled in a curriculum in the building and construction fields.
The philosophy of the NPCA Foundation is that the introduction of the features and benefits of precast concrete products is a major step leading to a more educated specifying community.
If you would like to make a pledge to the Foundation, or if you would like more information, call NPCA at (800) 366-7731, or contact the Foundation.
Building the Future of Precast
Created to showcase the many exciting career opportunities within the precast concrete industry, the NPCA Foundation’s “Building the Future” videos highlight the many precast concrete industry jobs available to young people and those transitioning to new careers. The videos are a great resource for job fairs, career counselors and scholarship offices at high schools, vocational schools and universities. With both a short and extended version, the videos will expose students to a wide variety of career options in the precast concrete industry. From welders and laborers to truck drivers, engineers and beyond, the precast concrete industry has career opportunities around the U.S., Canada and the world. To learn more about the precast concrete industry please visit www.precast.org.
View the extended version of the above video by clicking here.
Scholarship opportunities are available for students pursuing degrees related to the precast concrete industry. To learn more and download an application, click here.
If you have questions or would like more information please contact Marti Harrell, director of education and training and NPCAF managing director, at email@example.com or 800-366-7731.
Get to Know Our Recipients
“I was honored to be awarded an NPCA scholarship. Receiving the scholarship motivated me to perform better in my classes and allowed me to spend additional time studying rather than working an outside job. The benefits I gained from my scholarship have stayed with me after graduation and continue today. Now that I am working in the construction industry, I am able to see and appreciate the value of precast firsthand.”
- Chris Broglio, BurWil Construction, Bristol, Tenn.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the NPCA Foundation scholarship!
Brooks Morgan - Gainesville, Fla.
Sponsor: Ron Lindsay Jr., Lindsay Precast Southern Division
Brooks is pursuing a civil engineering degree at the University of Central Florida. An avid athlete and Dean’s List recipient, Brooks excels on the field and in the classroom. He also is very involved in community service. His choice to pursue civil engineering comes from his strength in math and creative projects as well as his natural curiosity about how things work. His father has worked in the precast industry and provided Brooks with the opportunity to visit plants and job sites throughout his childhood.
Christopher Lomaka - Henrico, Va.
Sponsor: John Rainero, Permatile Concrete Products
Chris Lomaka’s career plans include becoming a project engineer for a commercial general contractor with a long-term goal of owning his own contracting company. In his application essay, Chris noted the many benefits of precast concrete – including its small footprint on the job site, strength and durability, and its sustainable properties. In his free time, Chris is active in sports and supports the Special Olympics basketball league in Blacksburg, Va.
Maxine Kraft - Ft. Worth, Texas
Sponsor: Barry Fleck, A.L. Patterson
A student at the University of Texas at Austin, Maxine is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in architecture. Active in athletics, academic clubs and community service, Maxine has also held internships at Vong Design Collaborative in Paris, France and at Schwarz Hanson Architects in Ft. Worth. Maxine’s professor, Rebecca Roberts, noted her work on a case study involving the Sydney Opera House and her ability to synthesize research into a well-crafted and thoughtful final project.
Jared Schminnelpfenning - Tremont, Ill.
Sponsor: Joe Thornton, Illini Concrete
Jared will graduate high school in the spring of 2014 and attend Purdue University in the fall, where he will pursue a degree in construction engineering and management. He is on the academic honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society and participates in the Bradley University ALUMS Leadership Program. Jared was the captain of the swim team his junior and senior year and is a 9-time Illinois swimming state champion. After college, Jared’s career plans include immediately working in his field and possibly returning to school to pursue an advanced degree.
Marshall Bailey - Herron, Mich.
Sponsor: Terri Rondeau, Besser Company
Marshall is a student at Michigan Technological University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has won numerous awards, including the University Student Award, the Michigan Concrete Association Memorial Scholarship and the Portland Cement Association Scholarship. In the summer of 2013, Michael was a concrete engineering intern for Kiewit Engineering Company in Omaha, Neb. He was drawn to the construction industry through his high school’s building trades club and earned his associate’s degree from the World Center of Concrete at Alpena Community College.
Graduate Student – Daneen S. Barbour Scholarship
David Amorim - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sponsor: Ifan Lim, LaFarge
David is currently pursuing his master’s degree in structural engineering at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. His thesis topic is the use of UHPC joints for precast/prestressed concrete bridge deck panels exposed to negative bending. David graduated with a civil engineering degree with distinction and received the Dr. Lansdown Book Award in 2013. He also has received a number of awards from industry organizations including CPCI, ACI, and PCI.
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Jacquelyn is pursuing a dual major in civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. She is active in extracurricular activities including figure skating, dance, track and soccer. Additionally, she completed U.S. Naval Training ROTC Boot Camp and served as the Drill Squad Commander. Jacquelyn’s interest in engineering and architecture has led her to internships with Alesia & Crewell Architects and the NYDOT. She is currently active in the New York Water Environment Association and the Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities where she works to inspire women in the engineering workforce. Jacquelyn was sponsored for the NPCAEF scholarship by Judith Husted of Husted Concrete Products, Inc.
Sponsored by Mark Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products Inc., Michael attends the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on Project Management. Michael worked at Wieser Concrete Products’ Portage plant over the summer and gained valuable experience in a variety of aspects of precast concrete manufacturing. While at UW Madison, he has been on the Dean’s List and been awarded an number of scholarships for his academic achievements. Additionally, he participated on the Concrete Canoe Team, Engineers without Boarders and is involved in a number of intramural sports.
Samuel is a senior at Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Ala., and will graduate this spring. He has been accepted to Auburn University where he will pursue a civil engineering degree. Active in a number of extracurricular activities, Samuel is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Youth Riflery Club, participates in Track and Field, and has served as President of Future Engineers. There he was the designer and head welder of a moon buggy for the NASA Moon Buggy Race. Samuel was sponsored for the NPCAEF scholarship by Bill MacWilliam of Universal Precast.
Sponsored by John Lendrum of Norwalk Concrete Industries, Espvik graduated high school in 2012 and currently attends Kettering University in Flint, Mich. where he studies mechanical engineering. Espvik has worked for Norwalk Concrete Industries for three summers and is interested in using his mechanical engineering degree to streamline and improve the batching and mixing processes, as well as using automation technologies to more precisely distribute concrete in forms to reduce defects. Espvik has been active in many extracurricular activities including varsity golf, motorcross and the design and project manager of the robotics team.
Eric Brandon – Daneen Barbour Graduate Scholarship
Sponsored by Gary Venn of Oldcastle Precast Inc., Eric attends Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. A 2012 Cum Laude civil engineering graduate of Washington State, Eric is pursuing a joint Masters of engineering and technology management and Masters of Business Administration. He has earned numerous honors including President’s Honor Roll, Innovative Design Award Fellowship and First Place in the WSU “Imagine Tomorrow” Competition. During his summers Eric has worked in the field serving as a project engineer for the Green River Filtration Facility and Maple Valley Hwy Improvements in the summer of 2012, as a project engineer intern at the Fairchild Air Force Base Runway Reconstruction project, and a field engineer intern for Interstate Concrete and Asphalt.
2011 Scholarship Recipients
- Currently a freshman at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN
- From Attica, Indiana
- Son of Jerome and Sarah Mattern
- Majoring in Building Construction Management and hopes to work in commercial construction
- Participated in summer study programs in China and France
- Active in high school varsity basketball, cross-country, track and football
- Volunteered with a variety of community organizations
- Active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America
- Numerous academic honors and awards
- Sponsored by John Lendrum, Norwalk Concrete Industries, Inc.
- Currently a freshmen at Indiana university-Purdue University Indianapolis
- From Rushville, Indiana
- Son of Lynne and Richard Craven
- Majoring in Business Management with hopes of managing the family concrete business
- Has worked in the precast industry for 6 years
- Active in numerous community and school clubs
- Sponsored by David Sweet, McCreary Concrete Products, Inc.
- Currently a junior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY
- Pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering
- Worked in the precast industry for 20 years as a draftsman before deciding to obtain his civil engineering degree.
- Sponsored by Penny Hayward, Colorado Precast Concrete
- Currently a junior at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia
- Majoring in Civil Engineering with construction concentration
- Accepted to Career Preparation Program offered by Management Leadership for Tomorrow
- Active in various professional and student organizations
- Sponsored by Nick Schack, Oldcastle Precast Inc.
Renee Reder – Daneen Barbour Graduate Scholarship
- Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May, 2010 with a degree in Architecture
- Pursuing Master of Architecture degree at Rice University in Houston, TX
- Was an undergraduate recipient of a Foundation scholarship
- Sponsored by Michael Worden, Concrete Systems Inc.
2010 Scholarship Recipients
Nicole Behnke, River Falls, Wisconsin
Nicole will be attending Iowa State University College of Science and Technology in Ames, Iowa beginning this fall. In high school she has been active on the Dance Team (competing and choreographing), various school leadership positions and has been active in her community, volunteering and fund raising for a variety of causes. Nicole’s family has been active in the precast industry and she looks forward to a career in the concrete/transportation construction industry after obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering. Nicole was sponsored by Cynthia Maxwell, Wieser Precast Inc.
Timothy Dolan, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Tim has worked as a precast and stone detailer for 20 years and decided to pursue a degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. He is committed to remaining in the precast industry and hopes to contribute to continued “greening” of the industry. Tim is raising three children while following his dream of becoming an engineer, still maintaining excellent grades and finding time to intern at Colorado Precast Concrete, his sponsor for the scholarship application.
Joseph Rodis, Ellicott City, Maryland
Joseph plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder this fall and major in Architectural Engineering. While in high school, Joseph has been active in several sports, including serving as captain of the lacrosse team, musical productions and band, as well as Boy Scouts, Community Theater and his church. He has maintained excellent grades and taken advanced placement courses. Joseph hopes to go into construction management and pursue his goal of building eco-friendly houses. Joseph was sponsored by Nancy Mayer, Mayer Bros., Inc., where he has worked the past two summers.
Ann Vaughn, Henderson, Colorado
Ann is a sophomore at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, majoring in business. Ann grew up in the precast industry, working from a very young age for Vaughn Concrete Products, a business her grandfather started. She is also actively involved in raising and showing livestock at local, state and national shows. Ann is involved in community service and fund raising at her college and also enjoys intramural sports. She plans to return to her family’s business after graduating, and expects her degree in Finance will enable her to contribute to the company’s continued growth. Ann was sponsored by Mark Wieser, Wieser Concrete Products, Inc.
First Daneen S. Barbour Graduate Scholarship Winner:
This scholarship was established in memory of Daneen S. Barbour, Barbour Concrete Company, and NPCA 1994 Yoakum Award winner. Daneen was a proponent of higher education for everyone through post-graduate work and advanced degrees in areas that complement the precast concrete industry.
Amy Shaw, Smyrna, Tennessee
Amy is a senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering. She plans to pursue her masters and PhD in Civil Engineering beginning this fall, with an emphasis on environmental/hydraulics. Amy was awarded an NPCA Foundation scholarship as an undergraduate four years ago, and has continued to exhibit academic excellence and community involvement throughout her college career. She has interned since 2008 for CDM, a firm specializing in environmental and water resources engineering, getting experience in a variety of projects involving precast concrete. Her ultimate goal is to work as an environmental engineer. Amy was sponsored by Mikel Brodnak, Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
2009 Scholarship Recipients
For more than a decade, the NPCA Foundation has provided educational scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in a civil engineering and construction-related curriculum. The Foundation’s philosophy is to introduce the features and benefits of precast concrete products and create a more educated specifying community.
Recipients of the 2009 scholarships, in the amount of $2,200 per year (up to four years) are:
Alex Foldenauer, Midlothian, Virginia
Alex was a sophomore at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In high school, Alex won numerous awards for leadership, sports and academics. He continued his academic success in college while still actively volunteering in his community. His work experience included internships with an architecture firm, a grading contractor and a precast concrete producer. Alex was sponsored by Patrick Pennell of Tindall Corporation.
Rebecca Jackson, Wilmington, Delaware
Rebecca was a senior in high school, planning to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and major in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has participated in a variety of science and engineering contests and events throughout her high school career while building an impressive academic record. Rebecca also volunteered in her community and around the country with Habitat for Humanity and an assortment of other organizations. Rebecca was sponsored by Kevin Sockriter of National Concrete Products.
Lucas Johnson, Knoxville, Tennessee
Lucas was a sophomore at Auburn University pursuing a Building Science degree. He was very interested in the LEED accreditation program and other environmental issues. Lucas had a strong academic record and hoped to obtain a Masters Degree in a construction-related field. His outside activities included Habitat for Humanity, Young Life and starting his own lawn maintenance business. In high school, Lucas played football and baseball, earning awards in both. Lucas was sponsored by Eric Barger of C.R. Barger & Sons, inc.
Michael Loy, Portland Oregon
Michael was a senior in high school planning to attend Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He had won local, national and international awards for his science and engineering projects and research. Most recently, he won second place in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair International Competition with a research project titled “Developing a Novel pH Buffer Methodology to Inhibit Concrete Corrosion”. Michael was also actively involved with his school jazz band and lacrosse team. He participated in his church youth group and the Japanese-American Citizens League. Michael was sponsored by Douglas Bowen of Bowco Industries, Inc.
2008 Scholarship Recipients
Alexander Behnaz, Oak Hill, Virginia
Alex was a freshman at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated in the top 10% of his senior class in 2007, winning awards as an AP Scholar and from the physics department of his high school. Alex had been active in robotics clubs and competition, scouting, skiing and snowboarding clubs. He majored in electrical engineering at GMU and hoped to work in quality control and manufacturing systems after graduation. Alex was sponsored by Paul Sherman of Oldcastle Precast, Inc. in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Stephanie Grannetino, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania
Stephanie was a junior at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pursuing a degree in architecture. In addition to making the Dean’s List for excellent grades, Stephanie had won awards for writing and architectural drawing while at the university. She worked for the university in a work study program, has an internship with an architectural firm and does CAD and database work for A.C. Miller Concrete Products, Inc., an NPCA member and her sponsor. Stephanie hoped to work for a sustainable firm specializing in the energy efficiency of buildings and the building process after completing her degree. She was sponsored by Ramzi Kawar of A.C. Miller Concrete Products, Inc.
Juan Quintero, Duluth, Georgia
Juan was a senior at Duluth High School, planning to pursue a civil engineering degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was active in service, social, academic and athletic organizations in his school and community while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during high school. Juan hoped to own his own construction company, offering programs to improve the lives of Latino workers in the industry. His efforts on behalf of the Latino community had earned him the praise and respect of his teachers and peers. Juan was sponsored by Clay Warner, iwi group, LLC.
Charles Smith, South Lyon, Michigan
Charles was a sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned accolades for academics and athletics in high school, and continued to earn excellent grades at the university. His major was civil engineering with a structural engineering emphasis. Charles has completed one summer internship with the Michigan Department of Transportation and hopes to continue the experience this summer. He planned to obtain his Master of Science in Engineering before embarking on a career involving the design and construction of assorted building projects. Charles was sponsored by Barry Thornbury, Holcim (US) Inc.
2007 Scholarship Recipients
Taylor Hopper, Wallingford, Iowa
Taylor was a junior at Iowa State University, majoring in civil engineering. He was in the top 2% in the college of engineering while also volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Boy Scouts. Taylor had worked for several summers an intern doing surveying for the same firm and hoped to become a land surveyor upon completing his degree. Environmentally responsible development was of particular interest to him. Taylor was sponsored by Gary Schmidgall, Hancock Concrete Products Co., Inc.
John Myers, St. Louis, Missouri
John was pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from high school in 2006, where he earned many honors for academics, athletics and service to the community. John hoped to work for a firm specializing in LEED design after completing his five year degree program and to eventually own his own architecture firm. John was sponsored by Jon Ohmes, Champion Precast, Inc.
Amy Shaw, Smyrna, Tennessee
Amy was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in civil engineering. After graduating first in her high school class in 2006, Amy continued to earn excellent grades in college while participating in marching band and the pep band. She was active in the community, promoting awareness of child abuse. Amy was interested in designing layouts for new construction projects and is considering graduate school. She was sponsored by Mikel Brodnak, Oldcastle Precast, Inc. in Lebanon, Tennessee.
2006 Scholarship Recipients
FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
David Christopher, Moore, S.C.
Sponsored by Lee C. Brown, Tindall Corp.
David was a senior at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., and ranked third in his class. He planned to pursue a civil engineering degree when he begins college this fall. David received multiple academic honors throughout his high school career and received distinction in extracurricular activities including participation and leadership in high school band and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training. David had been an active member in his church, holding several leadership roles there.
Renee Reder, Nashua, N.H.
Sponsored by Michael Worden, Concrete Systems Inc.
Renee was a senior at Nashua High School South and ranked first in her class of 554. She planned to pursue an architectural degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a five-year program. Renee has volunteered at her local City Hall Building Department where she conducted code comparisons and seismic design analysis of approximately 300 structures in downtown Nashua. Her interest in architecture led her to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Renee has been awarded numerous academic honors for high school scholarship and set out for MIT in fall 2006 in hopes of one day starting her own architectural firm.
Daniel Saint, Scottsboro, Ala.
Sponsored by Clark Drummond, AES Precast
Daniel was a senior at Scottsboro High School and planned to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he will pursue a degree in civil engineering. Daniel spent six years in Mexico with his family performing missionary work where he helped teach English and worked as a teaching aid at a private institute in Ciudad Victoria. After returning to Alabama, Daniel’s accomplishments abounded in the classroom and in the sports arena. He garnered several academic honors as well as track and field achievements while at Scottsboro High School.
TWO-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Elizabeth Reidler, Frederick, Md.
Sponsored by Greg Ouimette, Frederick Precast Concrete Inc.
Elizabeth was enrolled at Pennsylvania State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in architecture and planned to begin a career in her field of study, specifically materiality in architecture. By taking unused, but common building materials, and applying them to home and office construction, Elizabeth hoped to reduce the cost of building residential and commercial structures. She had interned for six consecutive summers at a local architecture firm and worked as a nanny, orchestrating the lives of five children, for three summers. Elizabeth coached a swim team in the early morning hours before class and offered private swim lessons at night.
ONE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Andre Hawks, Calistoga, Calif.
Sponsored by Don Humphrey, Central Precast Concrete Inc.
Andre was enrolled at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction Management. After graduation, Andre planned to enter the design-build field and follow through with his five-year plan. He hoped to earn professional licenses for Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Contractors all within five years after graduation. Andre was a member of national engineering societies and he volunteered his bilingual skills at Laguna Middle School as a Spanish-English tutor.
Ryan Ramey, New Era, Mich.
Sponsored by Jeff Babcock, Concrete Accessory Manufacturing
Ryan was enrolled at Ferris State (Michigan) University pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Science. He planned to begin a career as a project manager after graduation. He was a member of the Associated Construction Students at Ferris, and volunteered his construction experience with public service initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity. Ryan was a member of national and state construction associations and was awarded numerous academic honors for both high school and college scholarships.
How to Apply
Applications for the following school year must be postmarked by February 2, 2015 for consideration at the semi-annual board of directors meeting in February. Students must include a letter of sponsorship from an NPCA member in good standing. Applicants will be notified in writing of the board’s decisions soon after the meeting.
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Find a Sponsor
Follow the link below to the search page. To find an NPCA member in your state or region, select your state or province in the State/Province field and click Search. No other information is required. Click the Submit button. A list of NPCA member companies will appear. Click here to find a precast company in your region.
Learn More About the Precast Industry
Are you a student wanting to learn more about the industry in general?
Visit precast.org today to learn all about precast.
Pledge Your Support
“Our new campaign direction will do more than just give college students a boost in education — it will also let us reach beyond these traditional boundaries and give our industry prominence and exposure. Each precast company will ultimately see more for its dollar and experience a direct, positive result from this new focus.”
- Tim Gesaman, Lindsay Concrete Products Co. Inc., Canal Fulton, Ohio
If you would like more information on donating to the NPCA Foundation Endowment Campaign, including possible giving options, such as through stocks and investments, please contact the National Precast Concrete Association at 1-800-366-7731 or contact us here.
You can also download a PDF of our pledge form.
The NPCA Foundation would like to thank the following contributors for donating to the Foundation for the Future campaign:
Gold $40,001 to $75,000
Advanced Concrete Technologies Inc.
Concrete Sealants Inc.
Concrete Technologies Worldwide
James W. and M. Annie Skinner
Modern Precast Concrete and the Wehrung Family
U.S. Concrete Precast Group
Silver $15,001 to $40,000
A-Lok Products Inc.
Arrow Concrete Products Inc.
Atlantic Precast Industries
BASF Admixture Systems Inc.
E.C. Babbert Inc.
Garden State Precast Inc.
National Precast Concrete Association
Norwalk Concrete Industries
Permatile Concrete Products Co.
Wilbert Precast Inc.
Bronze $5,001 to $15,000
A.L. Patterson Inc.
American Step Co. Inc.
Barbour Concrete Co.
Bethlehem Precast Inc.
C.J. Pink Ltd.
Eagle Concrete Products Co.
Hy-Grade Precast Concrete
Jefferson Concrete Corp.
KRB Machinery Co.
Walker Industries Ltd.
Friends to $5,000
C.R. Barger & Sons Inc.
Carl S. Buchman
Eastern States Steel Corp.
Gainey’s Concrete Products Inc.
Hawaii Precast Inc.
Hill and Griffith Co.
iwi group LLC
Klueter Brothers Concrete Products Inc.
Mar Mac Construction Products
Mayer Brothers Inc.
Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc.
Philip J. Burkhart
Poland Concrete Products, Inc.
Precon Precast Products
QMC Hydraulic Cranes
Reinforcement Solutions Inc.
Rostine Manufacturing & Supply Inc.
TEKA North America Inc.
The Lindsay Concrete Companies
Vaughn Concrete Products Inc.
Wieser Concrete Products Inc.
Woodards Concrete Products Inc. in Memory of Burt Zwart
If you would like more information on donating to the NPCA Foundation Endowment Campaign, including possible giving options, such as through stocks and investments, please contact the National Precast Concrete Association at 1-800-366-7731 or contact us here. You can also download a PDF of our pledge form.
Think About the Future
With the precast concrete industry growing ever more technical and competitive and with customers demanding higher quality at lower prices, it is vital to recruit, train and retain a top-quality workforce. Where will your future employees come from? And how will your company keep up with the rapidly expanding knowledge base required for companies to compete in a quality-driven, cost-competitive environment?
Since 1989, the NPCA Foundation has awarded scholarships to students preparing for future careers as engineers in the construction industry. Today, we are expanding our scope to aggressively promote the benefits of precast over other materials through a multipronged education initiative targeting the specifying community.
The NPCA Foundation further believes that decisive action is needed now to enable companies to recruit and retain a top-notch workforce that will deliver consistently high-quality products to our customers.
The Future is Now
The NPCA Foundation has committed to a bold plan to support the future of the precast concrete industry, and we need your help to make it happen. The Foundation has embarked on a $3 million campaign to create an endowment that would fund a host of education and technical training initiatives for production personnel, engineering students, specifiers, owners and end users. The interest earned from this endowment will be invested annually in initiatives that will have a direct benefit to NPCA member companies in the following key areas:
|Area of Emphasis||Investment||Annual Return|
|Growing Precast Markets through Education||$750,000||$37,500|
|Precast Education of Specifiers, Owners & End Users||$750,000||$37,500|
|Workforce Development, Quality Control & Safety||$1,000,000||$50,000|
|Expanding Education of Architectural & Engineering Students||$500,000||$25,000|
|Total Fundraising Goal||$3,000,000|
|Annual Investment in NPCA Activities||$150,000|
Since 2005 we have made significant progress towards supporting workforce development, educating specifiers, growing precast markets and expanding education opportunities for students. Let us share the success of the Capital Campaign to date:
- Over 100 scholarships have been awarded to date.
- Scholarships have been increased from $1,000 per year to $2,500 per year for each recipient.
- The Foundation made a $100,000 pledge to Concrete Industry Management’s National Steering Committee for developing and enhancing the program at several universities. To date we have fulfilled 100% of that pledge.
- Awarded grants of $10,000 and $9,350 to the NPCA Education Committee for the development of two separate PQS Level II Courses for plant employees:
- PQS Level II – Technical
- PQS Level II – Advanced Quality Control
- Awarded a grant of $7,175 for the development of an online PQS Level I Refresher Course
Join the NPCAF Board of Directors
Nominations for positions on the NPCA Foundation Board of Directors are currently being considered by the Nominating Committee. Members are encouraged to submit a Resume of Qualifications form in order to express their interest in serving on the Foundation Board. Please download and fill out the interactive form below and return to NPCAF Managing Director Marti Harrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept. 1, 2014.
NPCAF Board of Directors
Barry Fleck – A.L. Patterson Inc. – Fairless Hills, Penn.
Secretary / Treasurer
Amy Burnett - Barbour Concrete Co. – Independence, Mo.
Darryl Cloud – Concrete Sealants Inc. – Tipp City, Ohio
Jonathan Ohmes – Champion Precast Inc. – Troy, Mo.
Paul Heidt – Garden State Precast Inc. – Farmingdale, N.J.
Immediate Past Chairman
Doug McLaughlin – Oldcastle Precast Inc. – San Diego, Calif.
Aaron Ausen – Dalmaray Concrete Products Inc. – Janesville, Wisc.
Joan Bellamy Blecha – Orange Park, Fla.
Jamie Gentoso – Sika Corp. – Lyndhurst, N.J.
K. Scott Hayward – Colorado Precast Concrete Inc. – Loveland, Colo.
Richard Isaacson – iwi group LLC - Norcross, Ga.
J. Kirby O’Malley – Garden State Precast Inc. – Farmingdale, N.J.
Daniel Wagner – Milan Vault Inc., Milan, Mich.
Mark Wieser – Wieser Concrete Products Inc. – Maiden Rock, Wisc.
Interested in learning more about how the NPCA Foundation has supported students in their academic endeavors? Use the links below to read about scholarship recipients featured in NPCA’s bimonthly Precast Inc. Magazine.
Family Ties: Nicole Behnke
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The Spot: Jacqui Scibior
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