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(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC) invites applicants for its Merit Shop Construction Scholarships – awards dedicated to assist individuals seeking to further their education in careers in construction. On average, 10-12 scholarships are awarded each year.

The purpose of the Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program – sponsored by ABC Keystone and administered by the Merit Shop Training & Research Center – is to assist individuals seeking to further their education in careers in construction.

To be eligible, applicants must either:

  • be a permanent resident in the Chapter’s service area, which includes the following Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry Schuylkill, and York; or,
  • be applying to or attending a Chapter service area trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering, architecture, and construction management.

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center was established several years ago, by Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone) as 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 of being proactive in assisting students with their preparation for the construction industry. The Center has awarded over $550,350 since its inception. This program would not be possible without the generous support of the individuals that contribute to the Center.

Applications are reviewed by distinguished industry professionals serving on the Scholarship Selection Committee of the Merit Shop Training & Research Center, Inc. The scholarships are awarded solely based on merit and without regard for the race, color, religion, national origin, or gender of applicants.

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2022. This deadline includes all reference forms. Notification to finalists will be made in May 2022.

Prospective applicants may contact Stephanie Larkin, VP Education, Safety & Workforce Development with questions and download application forms at:


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