AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Faculty Scholarship Support
ACCE annually offers two scholarships to industry practitioners who desire to become construction educators and to current part-time construction educators who seek construction management graduate degrees at Institutions with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. One scholarship is for graduate students focusing on residential construction, and the second is for students focusing on any type of construction. Applications are to be submitted online no later than May 31 for award in the fall semester.
Dupree Construction Education Fund Scholarship
ACCE awards a Dupree Construction Education Fund Scholarship up to $5,000 to a candidate pursing an advanced degree in construction management with a desire to teach in an ACCE-accredited construction management program. Applicants must have been accepted into a Master’s degree or Ph. D. program in construction management at an Institution with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. Additional information and the link to the online application form can be found at the link below.
Dupree Construction Education Fund / National Housing Endowment Scholarship
ACCE awards a Dupree Construction Education Fund up to $5,000 in conjunction with the National Housing Endowment to a candidate pursing an advanced degree in construction management with a desire to teach residential construction in an ACCE-accredited construction management program. Applicants should have experience in residential construction. Applicants must have been accepted into a Master’s degree or Ph. D. program in construction management at an Institution with an ACCE-accredited undergraduate program. Additional information and the link to the online application form can be found below.
Scholarship Programs for Students
The final product of ACCE’s efforts is quality graduates from our programs that will bring immediate value to the construction industry that they will work in. To assist students that are pursuing their degrees in construction related degree programs, association and corporate partners of ACCE provide scholarships for students. Below is a list of our sponsors and their respective scholarship programs.
American Society of Professional Estimators
Associated General Contractors
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors
National Association of Women in Construction
NAWIC Education Foundation
NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation
National Center for Construction Education and Research
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Electrical Contractors Association
Simpson Strong Tie
The Beavers – A Heavy Engineering
Your donation will help ACCE fund scholarship programs for Faculty and Students. This is a tax deductible contribution. More information can be provided by your tax preparer.
ACCE accepts donations for our scholarship fund supporting Faculty and Students. Your generosity is appreciated.
In its mission, the American Council for Construction Education has the charge to promote quality education. As a part of its mission, ACCE's Development Committee created the ACCE Founder's Award. This national award is to recognize that individual, company, or organization which has demonstrated a profound impact on construction during the previous year.
Starting in 2007, the annual award is presented at the ACCE Annual Meeting in July. Applications are due in May and can be located at the links below:
FOUNDERS AWARD RECIPIENTS (See details below)
Mr. Joe Kimmel
Kansas Construction Careers Coalition (KC3)
The Construction Career Center, St. Louis
Mr. Tom Weise and JA BizTown
National Housing Endowment
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Turner Construction Inc.
2007 -- Mr. Joe Kimmel
Joe Kimmel is the President, CEO, and founder of Kimmel and Associates. A native of Nevada, Joe is a nuclear engineer, graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno. He is a giving person, funding many scholarship opportunities in the construction industry, an industry which has given him so much -- he now gives back.
2008 -- Kansas Construction Careers Coalition (KC3)
AGC of Kansas, Kansas Contractors Association,and the Topeka and Wichita Chapters of the National Association of Women in Construction chapters established KC3. The KC3 project focuses on promoting the vast and rewarding careers available in the construction industry. KC3 works to promote these careers through participating in career fairs, high school construction programs, and after-school programs. They also promote technical education through legislative representation and communication with counselors, educators, and school administrators. KC3 also formed the first Construction Learning Center of the Kansas State Fair -- a 7,500-square-foot exhibit featuring free, hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The youngest participants wee challenged to build a 24-inch tall structure using building blocks. Other activities for older kids included remote-controlled excavators, drills and tape measures, playground excavators, and backhoe golf -- fun for over 2,000 fair-goers.
2009 -- The Construction Career Center, a charter high school in St. Louis, Missouri public school system
The school is a testimony to the vision and dedication of the AGC of St. Louis and the St. Louis construction community to increase the opportunities for under-represented minorities to work in the construction trades, pursue construction higher education, or find construction-related employment. The school's curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment, entrance into a construction apprenticeship training program, or further education at a community college of a 4-year college. The partnership between the St. Louis construction industry and the faculty and staff at CCC is producing amazing results in the lives of its students, and is providing a model of this partnership that would benefit construction educators across the United States.
2010 -- Mr. Tom Weise and JA BizTown
Tom Weise retired from Intel Corporation in 2008 after 24 years of service. His continuing passion for the construction industry lead to his involvement with Junior Achievement in the Phoenix area and introduction of the industry model to JA BizTown. JA BizTown is a 6,000 sq. ft. replica of a bustling American town where students learn the skills, knowledge, and attitudes for success in tomorrow's workplace. Beginning in the third grade, students are exposed to the construction process where they examine the role of a builder and the importance of the construction business to a city's economy. They identify the skills a builder needs and how the builder's job is interconnected with other jobs in a city. They explore the skills needed in various construction processes and how to acquire those skills. This experience prepares them for the hands-on learning lab of Building Arizona Co. -- a construction process training program -- in JA BizTown. This program has the capacity to reach more than 25,000 students annually with over 45% minorities and 51% disadvantaged youth, with a high potential of dropping out of school, as well as 5,600 parents and 1,400 teachers.
2011 -- National Housing Endowment
The NHE, the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the housing industry develop more effective approaches to home building, enhancing education and training for future generations of leaders in residential construction, and increasing the body of knowledge on housing issues. It does so by supporting innovative and effective programs that further education, training, and research in the residential construction industry. Each year, the NHE awards grant to colleges and universities to help them create, expand and enhance existing residential construction management programs -- and to enable them to provide programs that prepare for its future. This endowment has awarded more than $1.4 million in HELP grants to educational institutions, has awarded travel scholarships to the NAHB International Builder's Show, and oversees the Lee S. Evans Scholarship fund that annually awards approximately $50,000 to 8-10 exemplary students majoring in construction related fields. They have profoundly and positively affected construction education at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities through their philanthropic efforts.
2012 -- Sundt Corporation
This award was given to Sundt Construction Companies for its current, past, and continued support of construction education. Sundt is an industry leader in promoting and rewarding continuing education certification among its employee owners. Within the Sundt Corporation, the educated become the educators in an ever-widening circle of impact. Sundt understands that meaningful relationships with successful professionals contribute to the success of construction-focused students. They also recognize that financial support is critical for some to be successful in these efforts. On top of the contributions from Sundt Foundation, individual offices support at least ten different university construction programs through travel grants to the ASC Competitions, award of multiple scholarships and internships for aspiring construction industry professionals, and Construction Management-Engineering experiences.
2013 -- Skanska USA Building Inc.
The award went to Skanska USA Building, Inc., Orlando Florida for its many years of support from its regional executives by reaching out to provide resources and mentoring to students and others interested in becoming leaders in our industry. In 2012, Skanska collaborated with others in the construction industry to found the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a virtual learning environment aiming to help construction suppliers and subcontractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence. Ongoing industry partner education programs include Skanska's Mentor-Protege and Construction Management Building Blocks programs; both focusing on mentoring and assisting small and newly developing businesses. Skanska also participates in ACE Mentoring Programs across the country. In 2009 Skanska formed an Innovation Group focused on improving technology -- and its use -- in the field. Over the past few years, this group has developed numerous apps advancing project management efficiency and effectiveness, including safety apps, Leak Prevention apps, and InSite Monitor devices and Digital Resource Stations.
2014 -- Turner Construction, Inc.
One hundred and twelve years ago, Turner Construction was started. Since then, the company has grown to be global in focus and local with its participation in the communities in which it builds. With this dedication to communities and the construction industry, Turner has made a profound impact on construction education across the US. There are several programs that Turner has created and/or supports with their resources of time and talents. Those include Youth Force 2020, working with all age school students to foster an interest in construction; ACE Mentor Programs, providing mentors, board members, scholarship funds, and internship opportunities; Senior Design & Capstone Projects; Turner School of Construction Management promoting minority and women business enterprises; and of course ACCE through membership, Board Members, Visiting Team participants, and much more.
MARK BENJAMIN LIFE TIME
The ACCE Mark Benjamin Lifetime Achievement Award
The American Council for Construction Education is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual ACCE Mark Benjamin Lifetime Achievement Award. A maximum of one award is given each year to an individual who has demonstrated a profound effect on construction education over a lifetime of achievements or activities that promote quality construction education and support the development of the next generation of professional construction leadership in the United States.
The Award is named in honor of Mark Benjamin, whose life embodied the achievements this Award is intended to recognize. Mark served as President and CEO of Morley Builders in Santa Monica, California from 1981 until his untimely passing in 2013. Throughout his career, many educators and students benefited from his generous contributions and tireless efforts in support of higher education in construction.
In addition to his direct support for many University Construction Management programs, Mark sought to improve the quality of education at all institutions through his personal commitment of time and energy to the accreditation work of ACCE. He served as President of ACCE from 2005 to 2007 after being an active member of the Board of Trustees and numerous ACCE committees for more than a decade. After his Presidency, he remained active on the Board, the Nominations Committee, and the Accreditation Committee. Mark lent his organizational and change management skills to the effort of reforming the governance structure of ACCE after 40 years resulting in a new set of By-Laws that created a more responsive organization and one better suited to the needs of 21st-century higher education.
Seldom has a practitioner donated so much of his or her personal time and resources to advance the standards of construction education. But beyond his resume, Mark was just a pleasure to work with. He was organized, relentless in trying to accomplish change, and patient with others who were not yet convinced of the changes he was advocating. And he knew when and how to accomplish something with a bit of self-deprecating humor – always followed by a distinctive smile. ACCE is proud to honor others in our industry who demonstrate the extent of service and depth of commitment to construction education that was exemplified by Mark Benjamin.
Letters of nomination for the ACCE Mark Benjamin Lifetime Achievement Award shall be sent to ACCE no later than May 31, 2016. Recommendations for no more than one recipient per year will be made after a review of all nominations by the Development Committee of ACCE. The recommendation from this Committee will be reviewed by the ACCE Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting normally held in July of each year. Upon the final decision of the Board, the annual winner of the ACCE Mark Benjamin Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced and honored at the next national meeting of ACCE. A register of Award winners will be maintained on the ACCE website.
Roger Liska, Professor and Chair of the Department of Construction Science and Management for Clemson University, received the first ACCE Mark Benjamin Lifetime Achievement Award at ACCE’s February meeting in Mobile, Alabama. This award, to be given annually, is for “an individual who has demonstrated a profound service to construction education and the development of the next generation of construction professionals.”
Dr. Liska has been an active member of ACCE since 1978 and has served as chair of all of the council’s standing committees and officer positions, including president. Since becoming involved with ACCE, Roger has served on 25 accreditation teams for post-secondary construction education programs in the United States. Of these, he’s served as chair of 23 teams. He’s also served on accreditation teams to post-secondary construction education programs in China, Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland over the past 20 years. His career truly demonstrates the extent and depth of his commitment to construction.
This award is named in memory and honor of Mark Benjamin, a past President of ACCE and President & CEO of Morley Builders in Santa Monica, California who lost his life in a tragic accident in 2013. ACCE was honored to welcome Mark’s son, Matthew Benjamin, along with Bob Given, Mark’s long-time colleague at Morley Builders, to help present this first award. Matt shared thoughts and remembrances about his father and spoke of his father’s commitment to his work with ACCE. Matt was presented with a plaque of appreciation by Dr. Hauck.
Dr. Liska received another honor just one month later when Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. recognized Roger with their Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award ~ given to a select few who have contributed much to the industry.
Congratulations to Roger on his remarkable career and on his well-deserved honors.