College is expensive. Most families looking to send their kids to post-secondary education, even those who have saved well, have to face that fact head on when the time comes. In fact, the top reason for why students don’t go to college on the scholarship clearinghouse website www.scholarships.com is, “I can’t afford it.”
Students loans are always an option, but many students look to scholarships to help alleviate the burden. For students looking to major in a field related to the building and construction industry, the National Precast Concrete Association Educational Foundation (NPCAEF) has been awarding scholarships since 1989.
The NPCAEF’s philosophy is that the introduction of the features and benefits of precast concrete products is a major step leading to a more educated specifying community. To that end, it has helped more than 80 students through its undergraduate scholarships who have studied civil engineering and other construction-related curriculum. In recent years, the scholarships were increased to $2,200 and, starting in 2010, it began award the $2,500 Daneen Barbour Graduate Scholarship.
Applications for the program must be postmarked by Jan. 1, 2012, for consideration at the semi-annual board of directors meeting each February, and students must include a letter of sponsorship from an NPCA member in good standing. To find an NPCA member in your state or region, simply select your state or province and click search. No other information is required. Click the “search” button and a list of NPCA member companies will appear.
Eligible candidates for the undergraduate and Daneen Barbour Graduate Scholarship can apply online or download a PDF application on the NPCAEF website. Applicants will be notified in writing of the board’s decisions soon after the meeting.