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CVBIA awards academic, design scholarships

Seven local high school students were awarded a total of $35,000 from the Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association Scholarship Foundation during its annual academic awards program. 
A committee of association members reviewed applications recently, looking at each student’s academic performance, community service activities and financial need. The 2021 recipients are listed below and each have received a $5,000 four-year scholarship*: (*Several of the awards are “named” scholarships endowed by a past association president.)

  • Trinity Allen of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth plans to study Political Science at Howard University. She received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship.

  • Jaidyn Johnson, also from I.C. Norcom, plans to major in Finance at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.

  • Sarah Samson of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, plans to study Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received the Frederick J. Napolitano Scholarship.

  • Abigail Volkman of Cox High School in Virginia Beach, intends to major in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. She received the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship.

  • Kayla Washington, another I.C. Norcom student, will be pursuing a History degree at James Madison University.

  • Julia Wenzel of Hickory High School in Chesapeake plans to study Marine Biology at Old Dominion University. And,

  • Alanna Woods of Arcadia High School in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore intends to major in Business at Christopher Newport University.


            The 2021 Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building, awarded two scholarships this year. Rita Lee of Kempsville High School and Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach received the first-place $1,500 award for her home design.  Drew Proctor of First Colonial High School and Advanced Technology Center received the second-place, $1,200 award. 

            Now in its 56th year, the association’s Scholarship Foundation has awarded 472 scholarships and more than $1.8 million since 1965.

            With the merger last year of Tidewater Builders Association and the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association into Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association, the Foundation has expanded its reach to include all cities and counties in southeastern Virginia, from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and west to Isle of Wight County.
            CVBIA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2021-22 academic year to 16 other past recipients.   Funds for the Scholarship Foundation are raised by CVBIA members through the construction of a Scholarship House, as well as private donations.  A portion of the proceeds from the annual CVBIA Golf Tournament are also contributed to the foundation.