Scholarships

Supporting the Future of Concrete

Many organizations in the concrete industry offer scholarships for students interested in pursuing a Concrete Industry Management degree. The list below indicates the scholarships available. For more information regarding a particular scholarship, please request information from the contact listed under the specific scholarship.

National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Educational Foundation Scholarship

General Information: This scholarship is offered to any high school student, high school graduate or current undergraduate who will be enrolling full time in an academic institution for the year beginning in September following the date of application and whose course of study is in an academic field related to the building, construction or precast concrete industry. Scholarships will not exceed four years and are awarded in the amount of $1,000 per academic year.

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The Bob Weatherton Scholarship

General Information: The 20th century saw concrete construction go beyond being an industry, to become also a community. Our sense of community is evident at events such as the annual World of Concrete (WOC). We owe our strength and unity to a few special leaders and one of those leaders was Bob Weatherton.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1932 and trained as an engineer at the University of Pittsburgh, Bob developed concrete pumping technologies and worked as a manager for various concrete pump companies. By 1975, there was interest in developing an exhibition specific to the concrete industry. As a representative of the American Concrete Pumping Association—which he had helped found—Bob played a large role in developing and co-sponsoring the first World of Concrete.

Bob received several industry and association awards and was named one of the “most influential people” in the industry by Concrete Construction magazine in 2014. World of Concrete subsequently established the Bob Weatherton Award, which provides CIM students with recognition and scholarship money.

Criteria for receiving the award include demonstrated industry contributions in categories such as safety, productivity and industry improvement. Student submissions–papers and presentations–are judged by a panel of industry professionals. The scholarship is presented during the week at World of Concrete.

Past award winners include:

Kelly O’Brien, New Jersey Institute of Technology – 2020

Paige Silva, California State University – 2019

Damien Bonis, California State University – 2018

Jerhard Evangelista, New Jersey Institute of Technology – 2016

Jayme Hill, California State University – Chico and Alex Burkhart, Texas State University – 2015

 

The AOE Fellowship

General Information: In 2020, AOE – a fully-owned subsidiary of ACI – launched a fellowship specifically for members of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. AOE is a long-time supporter of CIM, having helped with the program’s marketing efforts for more than a decade. The AOE award is available to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree as part of the CIM program. First preference will be given to students interested in the sales/marketing, association management, or business side of the concrete industry. An internship with AOE is optional.

The fellowship was created in memory of Wendy Ward, a member of the AOE team for more than 10 years. Wendy was a great advocate for the concrete industry and passed away at the early age of 32 from breast cancer. She was known throughout the industry as a leading expert in helping organizations with their marketing and sales efforts, as well as broadening career opportunities in the concrete industry.

Fellowship details:
Fellowships are offered to high-potential graduate and undergraduate students who have full time status in concrete related degree programs. Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply and compete
for these awards on a year-to-year basis, but must reapply each year, so long as they are still eligible. All fellowship awardees are required to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship
award period that describes the value of the fellowship to their development and preparation for their chosen career after graduation. Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $10,000 – $15,000 USD educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, and materials
  • Appropriate recognition in Concrete International magazine and on the Foundation website
  • Paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions (fellowship finalists must attend the Spring ACI Convention to be interviewed where they have the option of being assigned a Convention Guide)
  • Assistance in finding an industry mentor

The next application cycle will open on July 1, 2021. Visit acifoundation.org/scholarships to learn more and to apply. Download the fellowship flyer here.