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National foundation picks Pittsburg State students for scholarships 

Five students from Pittsburg State's School of Construction have been chosen to receive scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year from the Associated General Contractors of America Education and Research Foundation.  

There were 400 applicants for the scholarships, which were announced at the recent AGC National Convention. 

"They gave out 140 scholarships from 170 student chapters around the country. The fact that five of our students were chosen from our chapter, out of all of those chapters that the AGC supports, speaks to the quality of our students," said Joe Levens, associate professor in the School of Construction. 

Levens noted that Pittsburg State students are competing with students at Division 1 schools with an enrollment in construction-related programs of 600 to 800. 

"We're essentially half the size, yet we were able to get as many scholarships," he said. "And they automatically renew up to two additional years; if they receive it this year as a sophomore, they'll get it again as a junior and a senior." 

Students who were chosen include Aaron Elliott, of Garden City, Kansas, who was awarded the AGC Build America ScholarshipKassidy Lemons, of Hutchinson, Kansas, who was awarded the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Scholarship; Conner Roberts, of Wichita, Kansas, who was awarded the Doug and Puddie Pitcock ScholarshipDalton Schnoor, of Wellsville, Kansas, who was awarded the Service and Supply Contractor’s Scholarship; and Travis Solander, of Chanute, Kansas, who was awarded the Heffner Graduate Award. All are majoring in Construction Management in Pittsburg State's College of Technology. 

In addition, several students have received scholarships already this year from the AGC. They include: Samantha Ghareeb (Construction Management), of Towanda, Kansas, who received the Consulting Constructors' Council Scholarship FundDalton Foster (Construction Engineering Technology), of Waverly, Kansas, who received the Consulting Constructors Council Scholarship FundTiara Ewy (Construction Engineering Technology), of Perry, Oklahoma, who received the Consulting Constructors' Council Scholarship FundMollie Currid (Construction Management), of Liberty, Missouri, who received the Richard and Roxelyn Pepper Scholarship Fund; and Travis Solander (Construction Management), Chanute, Kansas, who received the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Award. 

The AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including more than 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and more than 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers also are associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters. 

The Foundation, established in 1968, has for more than 40 years supported the future of the industry through its scholarship program and innovative projects. The program is supported by endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters.  

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.

Learn more about Pittsburg State's School of Construction at http://www.pittstate.edu/construction/

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