Merit Shop Training & Research Center Scholarships

The MSTRC Scholarships are designed to support post-secondary education in the construction industry.

To be eligible, applicants must either:

1. be a permanent resident in the Chapter’s service area which includes the following Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, York; or,
2. 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 men and women in their preparation for this industry. The Center has awarded over $574,850 since its inception. This program would not be possible without all of the individuals that contribute to the Center. Thank you!

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 on the basis of merit and without regard for the race, color, religion, national origin or gender of applicants.

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Please download forms at the bottom of this page.
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Hear from a MSTRC Scholarship Award Winner:

“I must express my extreme gratitude for this generous scholarship and everything that it means to me. It means independence, because I will be able to work through college without needing to drain my family’s limited financial resources. It means motivation, as I will now work to make the most of the opportunity. Finally, it means peace of mind, because I am now sure of my ability to afford a higher education. This scholarship is not just a monetary prize, it’s a much-needed boost in my efforts to become an engineer. For that, I am immensely thankful.”
– Dylan T.
Mechanical Engineering Student

2022/2023 Scholarship Winners:

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How to Apply for the 2023-2024 MSTRC Scholarships:

“ABC Keystone is proud to support students who are seeking careers in construction, and it’s an honor to support these students. The industry is large and diverse, and it is growing at such a large rate that we want to ensure the best and brightest have the opportunity to further their education in this dynamic industry. We continue to be impressed with the caliber of students that apply for scholarship funds and look forward to receiving this year’s applications.”

– Stephanie Larkin, Vice President of Education, Safety and Workforce Development,
ABC Keystone

The 2023-2024 scholarship awards application window is now open.

Due date for applying is February 24, 2023.

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“The Merit Shop Scholarship was a vital source of funding for my five-year Bachelor’s of Architecture education. The substantial financial aid that it provided allowed me to focus on my studies rather than seeking supplemental income during the school year. Additionally, I found the application process to be thought provoking as I considered the implications of the merit shop philosophy on my future career.”

– Chad Garrety, Seidel Architects,
San Francisco, CA

Build Your Future Scholarships

The Trimmer Construction Education Fund and NCCER are pleased to announce the Build Your Future scholarships. This opportunity is open to anyone who is currently pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER accredited program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility.

Ten scholarships valued at $2,000 for each recipient will be awarded. View scholarship criteria here.

Questions about Scholarships?

Contact Stephanie Larkin, V.P. of Education, Safety and Workforce Development

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