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(MANHEIM, PA) Twelve deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $21,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year brings the total to $494,000 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 are pleased to support these high-achieving students as they pursue careers in construction.” said Stephanie Larkin, Vice President of Education, Safety & Workforce Development, ABC Keystone. “With an aging workforce and difficulty attracting young people, the construction industry faces the reality of a workforce shortage, yet this year’s recipients are proof that there is some excellent talent in the pipeline. 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
Lauren Herr Lititz PA $4,000.00 Penn College Construction Management
Michael Cowart Kennett Square PA $3,000.00 Penn State Electrical Engineering
Tyler Kleinsasser Huron SD $3,000.00 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Civil Engineering
Jacqueline Thornton Ronks PA $2,000.00 Jefferson University Architecture
Audrey Bolesta Allentown PA $2,000.00 California Polytechnic State University Architecture
Phillip Bertovic Middletown PA $1,000.00 Penn State Electrical Engineering
Daniel Forry Columbia PA $1,000.00 York College of Pennsylvania Engineering
Tyler Bentz Reading PA $1,000.00 Penn State Civil and Architectural Engineering
Devon Berrios Sioux Falls SD $1,000.00 Southeast Technical Institute Mechanical Engineering
Jacob Stouffer Chambersburg PA $1,000.00 Penn College Construction Management
John Hosler Lititz PA $1,000.00 Penn State Mechanical Engineering
Wesley Sechrist York PA $1,000.00 Penn State Architectural Engineering


*Some individual photos available upon request


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.