The CMAA Foundation is proud to announce it has honored five recipients with scholarships in 2023, the most the organization has ever awarded. In addition, two of this year's scholarships are new for 2023 and will be awarded annually going forward.
The scholarships are given in an effort to continue to support the Foundation's mission: The CMAA Foundation advances and supports workforce development to support the future growth of the industry, development of research beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the industry, and education in the construction management profession.
The Erica Lynn First Generation College Student Scholarship was awarded for the first time to Serena Foote, a graduate student at Colorado State University. The Erica Lynn scholarship provides funds to first-generation students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in construction management, construction engineering, or civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management.
The College of Fellows Scholarship Fund awarded a scholarship to Ann Lyons, a graduate student at Clemson University pursuing a degree in Construction Science and Management with a minor in Trust in Construction Teams. This first annual scholarship was given in honor of Ron Pennella, CCM, FCMAA, who was inducted to the CMAA College of Fellows in 2016.
The 2023 CMAA Foundation Scholarships were awarded to Shirley Wu, an undergraduate from New York University, and to Ehsan Rajaie, a graduate student attending the University of Texas at Arlington. The CMAA Foundation Scholarship program is designed to aid students pursuing postsecondary education that is intended to lead to a construction management career.
The 2023 Francis M. Keville Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brianna Lopez from San Diego State University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. The Francis M. Keville Scholarship was established in 2009 by Christine Keville, FCMAA, through her firm, Keville Enterprises, Inc. It was created in honor of her late father. The scholarship is awarded each year to a female student pursuing a degree in construction management or a related discipline, who has a record of leadership and engagement both on- and off-campus, and who is planning a career in the field.
"It is incredibly rewarding for the CMAA Foundation to be in the position to award five scholarships in 2023," says Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, President and CEO of CMAA and the CMAA Foundation. "With these scholarships, the Foundation will continue to increase its impact on the program and construction management profession long into the future."
About the CMAA Foundation:
The CMAA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization; the tax identification number is 54-1803080. VISION: The CMAA Foundation envisions a future workforce that is open, inclusive, and committed to the growth and development of the profession. MISSION: The CMAA Foundation advances and supports workforce development to support the future growth of the industry, development of research beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the industry, and education in the construction management profession. For more information or to donate, visit www.cmaanet.org/foundation.