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Construction students earn national scholarships

Four Pittsburg State University construction students were among the 158 nationwide that received scholarships from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Four Pittsburg State University construction students were among the 158 nationwide that received scholarships from the Associated General Contractors of America.

The national scholarships were awarded by the AGC Education and Research Foundation during its national convention in Las Vegas. Since 1970, AGC has awarded more than 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $10 million.

Scholarship candidates are evaluated for their academic success, their commitment to the industry through participation in campus professional organizations, summer or part-time work in the construction industry and their goals for the future.

The students who received the scholarships this year are construction management majors Mollie Currid, a senior from Liberty, Mo., and Samantha Ghareeb, a junior from Towanda, Kan., and construction engineering technology majors Tiara Ewy, a senior from Perry, Okla., and Dalton Foster, a junior from Waverly, Kan.

“I’m very proud of and happy for our students who received this prestigious scholarship,” said Jim Otter, director of the School of Construction. “To be selected among the elite students nationwide is a tremendous honor for the students and for our program here at Pittsburg State.

Of the 158 students awarded AGC scholarships this year, 42 are female. Three of the four PSU recipients are female.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see more and more women entering the construction industry,” Otter said. “Construction management used to be seen as a man’s world, but that’s just not the case anymore. Nationwide, we’re seeing a tremendous increase in the number of women choosing construction as a career, and you also see that here in our program.”

The four PSU students selected this year join past recipients from PSU, including 2016 recipient Travis Solander and 2015 recipient Stetson Beck. 

For more information about AGC and the scholarships, visit https://www.agc.org/learn/agc-education-and-research-foundation.

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