Tidewater Builders Association Awards $30,000 in Scholarships

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May 25, 2016

     Ten local high school students and a high school drafting instructor were awarded a total of $30,000 from the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation during its annual academic awards program and Young Designers' Scholarship Competition.
     Five scholarships were awarded for academic excellence, community service and financial need.  Five students also received awards from the annual Young Designers' Scholarship Competition, and a drafting instructor received a $1,000 grant.
     The following academic scholarship recipients each received a $5,000 four-year scholarship:

  • Destiny Cobb of Norview High School, Norfolk, received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship.  She plans to attend Emory and Henry College.
  • Erica Head of Northampton High School, Eastern Shore, received a Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship.  She will be attending James Madison University.
  • Matthew Kirby of Indian River High School, Chesapeake, received the William J. Hearring Scholarship.  He will be attending the University of Virginia.
  • Harley Robertson of Maury High School, Norfolk, received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.  He plans to attend the University of Virginia.
  • Juliette Wallace of Churchland High School, Portsmouth, received the Sherman and Nancy Reece Scholarship.  She will be attending Yale University.
A talent for design

     Thirty-seven 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 2016 competition winner are:
  • Dimitri Hankerson of Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,500 first-place award.
  • William Hutchins of the Advanced Technology Center and Cox High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,000 second-place award.
  • Alexandra Mach of the Advanced Technology Center and Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, won the $750 third-place award.
  • Nathan Hacker of the Advanced Technology Center and Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach, won the $500 first honorable mention award.
  • Alex Shuflat Jr. of Landstown High school, Virginia Beach, won the $250 second honorable mention award.

      Instructor Cecelia Hess of Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,000 school grant award, writing that "hopefully we will incorporate 3D printing into our architectural models using the grant money.  This wil help students gain skills in the more recent trends in manufacturing."

      Now in its 51st year, the TBA Scholarship Foundation has awarded 474 scholarships and a total of $1.82 million since 1965.  TBA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2016-17 academic year to 15 other past recipients.


Laura Williamson
laura.williamson@tbaonline.org, 757-305-9018