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Eleven deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $24,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year brings the total to $473,000 that has been awarded by MSTRC since its inception, helping students entering a career path in the construction industry.

The purpose of the Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program, sponsored by ABC Keystone and administered by the Merit Shop Training & Research Center (MSTRC), is to assist individuals seeking to further their education in the construction field. To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering, or construction management. Students are evaluated on recommendations, academic achievement, initiative, and community and extra-curricular activities.

“ABC Keystone and the MSTRC congratulate these high-achieving students on their accomplishments as they pursue careers in construction.” said G. David Sload, Interim President, ABC Keystone. “With an aging workforce and difficulty attracting young people, the construction industry faces the reality of a workforce shortage. These scholarships are just one of the ways ABC Keystone members support efforts to develop the future of the construction industry.”

This year’s recipients are as follows, along with their hometowns and courses of study:

First Last City State Amount College Program
Michael Cowart Kennett Square PA $3,500 Penn State University Electrical Engineering
Lauren Herr Lititz PA $5,000 Penn College Construction Management
Justin Herrington Shippensburg PA $1,000 Virginia Tech Architecture
John Hosler Lititz PA $2,000 Penn State University Mechanical Engineering
Bailey Jones Newville PA $2,000 University of Pittsburgh Environmental Engineering
Lauren Mcllvain Lancaster PA $3,500 Temple University Architecture
Isabelle Macioce Carlisle PA $2,000 University of Pittsburgh Civil Engineering
Oliver Martin Manheim PA $1,000 Penn State University Electrical Engineering
Nicolas Myer Lititz PA $1,000 Stevens University Welding
Sheldon Snell Harrisburg PA $1,000 Millersville University Occupational Health & Safety
Bradley Zanette Hazelton PA $2,000 Penn State University Architectural Engineering

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center, established by Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone),is a non-profit fund whose mission is to provide financial assistance to students who have chosen construction-related career paths. The Center is funded by members of the Chapter, who have taken upon themselves the responsibility to be proactive in assisting men and women in their preparation for the construction industry.