TBA announces 2018 scholarship, design competition recipients

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May 10, 2018

Ten local high school students and two high school drafting instructors were awarded a total of $35,000 from the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation during its annual academic awards program and Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition.

Six scholarships were awarded for academic excellence, community service and financial need. Four students also received awards from the annual Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, and two drafting instructors each received a $500 grant.
The following academic scholarship recipients each received a $5,000 four-year scholarship:
  • Diamond Gilliam of Granby High School, Norfolk, received the Channing A. Pfeiffer Scholarship. She will be studying history, with a minor in International Affairs and Spanish at Virginia Tech.  She is the first recipient of the Pfeiffer Scholarship, which was established last year to honor long-time TBA CEO Channing Pfeiffer upon his retirement in December.
  • William Greer of Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship. He plans to attend Georgetown University and major in international politics.
  • Marielle Hankerson of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, received the William J. Hearring Scholarship. She plans to study sciences and humanities at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Sophia Phillips of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, received the Richard E. Olivieri Memorial Scholarship.  She plans to study neuroscience at Virginia Tech. She is the first recipient of the Olivieri scholarship, which was established in honor of developer Richard Olivieri of Pembroke Commercial Realty, who passed away late last year.
  • Hunter Ryno of Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, received the Richard D. Guy Scholarship.  He will be majoring in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.
  • Cassidy Whitehurst of Indian River High School, Chesapeake, received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.  She plans to study government and international politics at George Mason University.
 A talent for design
Thirty-one students entered the Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building.

The competition’s three judges were local architecture and building professionals. The 2018 competition winners and their awards are:
  • Zoe Quinones of  Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach,  $1,500 first place;
  • Kenneth Hicks  of  Advanced Technology Center/Kellam High School, Virginia Beach, $1,200 second place;
  • Chet Wiltshire of Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, $800 third place; and
  • Benjamin Sturkie of Advanced Technology Center/Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, $500 honorable mention
 Instructors Eric Nestor of Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, and Jennifer Renne of Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, each won a $500 school grant to assist their drafting programs with necessary supplies and equipment.
Now in its 53rd year, the TBA Scholarship Foundation has awarded 493 scholarships and more than $1.85 million since 1965. TBA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2018-19 academic year to 15 other past recipients.
PHOTO:  First-place entry in the Young Designers' Scholarship Competition, submitted by Zoe Quinones of Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.

Laura Williamson, Scholarship Foundation director