For more than three decades, the NPCA Foundation has provided educational scholarships to students pursuing a career in a precast concrete-related field. The goal is to embrace these students as part of the precast family, engage them in learning about the industry through internships and networking, and empower them so that one day they are the leaders guiding the industry into a promising future.

NPCA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Winners
The scholarship is worth $3,500 for the first year and is renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000.

Jarret Castillo of Troup High School in Tyler, Texas.

Jarret plans on attending Texas State University to study concrete industry management. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a band section leader and on the AB honor roll. Jarrett is sponsored by Art Clendenin of Del Zotto Products of Texas.

Carter Daly of Uniontown, Ohio.

Carter is currently studying construction management at Kent State University, where he is on the dean’s list. Carter received honorable mention in the Rube Goldberg Competition and second place in Goodyear’s Innovative Shell Design competition. He is sponsored by Rod Maldonado of Lindsay Precast.

Emelia Delaney of Crescent City Jr./Sr. High School in Crescent City, Florida.

Emelia will attend Florida State University, where she will pursue a dual major in civil and environmental engineering. Emelia is valedictorian of her class, earned a Cambridge AICE diploma with distinction and received the Rural and Small Town Recognition Award through the College Board National Recognition program. She is sponsored by Susan Allen of Florida Septic Inc.

Maxwell Ehlers of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Maxwell plans to study mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the National Honor Society and AP Scholar and received the National Presidential Service Award. Maxwell is sponsored by Jesse Wingert of Concrete Sealants.

William Gruber of Durand High School in Durand, Wisconsin.

William will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering to study mechanical engineering. William received academic letters all four years of high school and will graduate summa cum laude. He is sponsored by Andy Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products.

Caleb Hauptman of John Stark Regional High School in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Caleb will attend Roger Williams University to study construction management and civil engineering. He is a NHIAA Scholar Athlete and participated in varsity golf, wrestling and track and field. Caleb is sponsored by Tyler Hall of Michie Concrete Products.

Merrill Nygren of Houston, Texas.

Merrill is currently attending Texas State University and studying concrete industry management. He is on the dean’s list and is team captain for the Texas State lacrosse team. Merrill is sponsored by Asher Kazmann of Locke Solutions.

Emma Robbins of Mitchell Jr./Sr. High School in Morrill, Nebraska.

Emma plans to attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to study civil engineering. Emma has earned academic letters, is on the honor roll and was named Student of the Year. She is sponsored by Andy Hayward of Panhandle Concrete Products.

Adele Severson of Logos Public Charter School in Central Point, Oregon.

Adele plans to study civil engineering at Brigham Young University. She was named the 2023 Oregon State Envirothon winner, is on the principal’s list and is a champion figure skater. Adele is sponsored by Scott Stavig of Rogue Valley Precast.

Cole Weisenbeck of Durand-Arkansaw High School in Durand, Wisconsin.

Cole plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Plattesville. He has received academic letters all four years of high school and lettered in football, where he was also named MVP. Cole is sponsored by Andy Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products.

Daneen S. Barbour Graduate Scholarship Winner

The Daneen S. Barbour Graduate Scholarship is for post-graduate studies in careers related to the precast concrete industry. This scholarship was established in memory of Daneen S. Barbour of Barbour Concrete Company, a 1994 recipient of NPCA’s prestigious Robert E. Yoakum Award. Daneen was a proponent of higher education for everyone – including industry leaders – through post-graduate work and advanced degrees in areas that complement the precast concrete industry.

Brad Oien of Fountain Valley, California. Brad is currently pursuing an MBA at University  of California – Irvine, where he is on the dean’s list. Brad is sponsored by Rocky Owens of StormTrap.