Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program

Scholarship submission is currently closed for  2024-2025.

ABC Keystone Chapter recently awarded scholarship funds to 11 individuals through the Merit Shop Training and Research Center. Awardees either reside in the Chapter’s service area or will attend a trade school, college, or university program in the Chapter’s service area. All are seeking an education directly related to a construction career.

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.

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center was Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone), a non-profit fund whose mission is to provide financial assistance to students who have chosen construction-related careers. The Center is funded by members of the Chapter, who have taken the responsibility of being proactive in assisting men and women in their preparation for this industry.
The Center has awarded over $574,850 since its inception.


  1. Individuals seeking to further their education in careers in construction.
  2. Individuals who are enrolling in a trade school, college, or university program that is directly related to a construction career
  3. Individuals who permanently reside in the ABC Keystone service area.
  4. Individuals enrolling in an institution of higher education located within the ABC Keystone service area.

    *The Center will not fund applications seeking funding for graduate-level degrees.

For more information, please contact Terri Confer at

2023 Scholarship Winners

Matthew Bear
Carpentry Technology
Thaddeus Steven College of Technology

Andrew Hackleman
Construction Management
Bowling Green State University

Zachary Karpel
Mechanical Engineering
Liberty University

Tracy Kinzer
Civil Engineering
Penn State Harrisburg

Luke Moser
Civil Engineering
York College of PA

Luke Redcay
Civil Engineering
Messiah University

Maggie Swarr
O’More School of Architecture

Casey Tippett
Mechanical Engineering
Penn State Harrisburg

Dominic Viozzi
Civil Engineering
Bucknell University

Jayden Watts
Construction Management
Millersville University

Margaret Webb
Civil Engineering
Shippensburg University