PCEA  OF  AMERICA,  INC.CATAWBA  VALLEY  CHAPTER 

Scholarships


 


Kenneth N. Houston Memorial Scholarship

The Catawba Valley Chapter of Professional Construction Estimators of America (PCEA) again this coming spring will award scholarship money to deserving high school seniors and college undergraduates preparing to enter construction related careers.

For over thirty-five years the Catawba Valley Chapter of PCEA has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship money to local students.  In 1995, the Chapter’s Board of Directors elected to name the scholarship program in memory of Kenneth N. Houston, who twice served the Catawba Valley Chapter as president, who had been an active member and supporter of the chapter’s education committee, and who had been a respected member of the North Carolina construction community, before his untimely death from cancer in 1994.  The chapter is proud to memorialize Ken Houston in such a fitting manner.

Several scholarships, usually in the amount of at least one-thousand-dollars, are awarded each year.  In choosing recipients, the selection committee considers academic performance, desire to enter construction related fields, financial need, work experience - especially as related to construction, community activities, and letters of recommendation and character references.

Applicants are urged to be thorough in providing information that documents academic performance, financial need, work experience - especially as related to construction, and service to the community.  Applicants should include a letter written to the selection committee that makes clear the applicant’s plans for the future, reasons for pursuing a construction related career, and that may also relate some of the applicant’s personal philosophy.  Applications that are neat, complete, and thorough are appreciated.

Completed applications should be mailed to the address on the home page of this website to be received no later than March 31st.  The scholarship committee will announce recipients by the end of May.

If you have questions or would like to obtain information about PCEA’s National Scholarship, contact Lynn Nash at (828) 324-1564.

Click below to download a printable version of the 

Kenneth N. Houston Memorial Scholarship Application

 


Dependent Scholarship

The Catawba Valley Chapter of Professional Construction Estimators of America (PCEA) will award scholarship money this year to deserving high school seniors and college undergraduates, who are dependents of Catawba Valley Chapter members.

 

At least one scholarship, usually in the amount of one-thousand-dollars, has been awarded each year.  However, the chapter will award scholarship money only if a deserving application is received.  In choosing recipients, the selection committee considers community service, field of study, academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and character references.

 

Completed applications should be mailed to the PCEA before the end of April.  Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by an independent judging panel, not associated with PCEA.  The scholarship committee will announce recipients by the end of May.

 

* Dependents of members of PCEA of Catawba Valley may apply for the Chapter Dependent Scholarship, but are not eligible for the Kenneth N. Houston Memorial Scholarship.

 

If you have questions or would like to obtain information about PCEA’s Dependent Scholarship, contact Randall Williams.

 

  Click Here for a Printable Dependent Scholarship Application



Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship 


The Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is available to all students (High School seniors and above) that plan to further their education in the construction industry. Only those that are a resident of, or plan to attend a school or university in the states where PCEA has an established Chapter will qualify. At present, those states are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida.  The Scholarship is funded, in part, by the Order of Isosceles Fellowship.


To download a scholarship application, please CLICK HERE


2018 Scholarship Recipients


VIRGINIA -  Hunter Reed Jennings, CVCC Lynchburg

GEORGIA - Samuel Parker Beaird, Clemson University                                                               

FLORIDA - Kyle Samuel Albaugh, Seminole State College

SOUTH CAROLINA - 

NORTH CAROLINA - Joseph Benjamin Carter, NC State University



THE NATIONAL PCEA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(something for all PCEA members to be proud of)

OFFICIAL NAME
National PCEA Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

ESTABLISHED
At the PCEA National Convention May 21, 1988 in memory of Ted Wilson (1932-1987), the first National Executive Director of the PCEA.

PURPOSE
An endowed National PCEA Foundation to provide scholarships in each of the states that have PCEA chapters. This is a separate IRS 501(c) (3) charitable corporation.

ADMINISTRATION
Board of Trustees (presently 5 members) - Chairperson is the National PCEA President-Elect, with one Trustee appointed from each state which has PCEA chapters, each serving three years on a rotating basis. DUTIES INCLUDE: Supervision of day-to-day operations, investments, fundraising promotions, annual budget, and setting scholarship amounts based on income of investments, etc.

STATE COMMITTEES
Each state with PCEA chapters has a State Committee, consisting of a Chairperson (who is that state's Trustee) plus three other members

Each serve three years on a rotating basis.

DUTIES INCLUDE
- Promote the Foundation.
- Solicit funds and fundraisers.
- Encourage donations from members, chapters, companies, Order of Isosceles.
- Solicit applications for scholarships and distribute application forms.
- Receive and judge applications using a prescribed method of evaluation
- Award scholarships in the most favorable and most visible way possible to let public know about the PCEA.
- Generate publicity for all of the above.


ORDER OF THE ISOSCELES
Was conceived by the Trustees in 1989 to generate income by the enrollment fee, which goes directly to the Foundation, thus helping the PCEA fulfill its obligation to future generations. Membership in the Order of the Isosceles is accompanied by a one-time $500 assessment, which is tax deductible. Individuals may enroll themselves, companies may give someone a membership as a tribute to hard work and dedication. Chapters can enroll persons they wish to recognize for service, and families can present an enrollment to a member as a special gift. Fellows in the Order of the Isosceles are bearers of opportunity for future construction leaders - they do not have to be a member of the PCEA.



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