||The Builders Exchange Foundation
trend in giving benefits BX Scholarship Program
the past several years, the Builders Exchange Foundation has enjoyed a groundswell of
support, coming from members looking to honor individuals who have been
instrumental in shaping our industry. Each
year, a reception honoring the scholarship recipients draws some
very special industry icons to the BX to share in the celebration.
find out how you can establish a named scholarship, contact Mary
Tebeau at the BX, 614.486.9521 x234.
Cathy Blackford Scholarship
In 2015, long-time Builders Exchange Executive Director, Cathy Blackford was honored when past and current board and staff members created a perpetual scholarship in her name through the BX Foundation. Cathy was instrumental in helping to create the Builders Exchange Foundation, which continues to support expanded efforts in construction workforce development.
Cathy (left) is the 2016 winner of the Cathy Blackford
Scholarship, Olya Dudzitskaya, a civil engineering major at
The Ohio State University.
The cHc Manufacturing Scholarship
President of cHc Manufacturing, Pat McLaughlin, is a member of the Builders Exchange Foundation board of directors, and is also a past president of the board of Allied Construction Industries and the Spirit of Construction Foundation in Cincinnati. Pat has long supported the mission of workforce development in Ohio, and his firm is demonstrating that belief through this scholarship.
With Kim Ashley (cHc Manufacturing, Inc.) is the
2019 winner of the cHc Manufacturing Scholarship, Lucas Gauerke
(left), a civil engineering major at Ohio University.
The Roger Allen Carper, Sr. Scholarship
The Roger Allen
Carper, Sr. Scholarship was created in 2015 to honor his memory.
Roger Sr. spent his career in construction – starting as a
laborer, and working his way up to head estimator and eventually
owner of his own excavating and grading company. Today, the
company, Boss Excavating & Grading, Inc. has 25 employees,
including Carper’s children – who want to pass on their
father’s legacy through this scholarship.
The 2018 winner of
the Roger Allen Carper, Sr. Scholarship Collin Brant (center),
a construction management major at Bowling Green State
University is with Natalie Carper (left) and Roger Carper (Boss Excavating & Grading, Inc.).
The Columbus Coal & Lime Scholarship
In 2015, co-owner Katherine Gatterdam created the Columbus Coal & Lime Scholarship. The Columbus Coal & Lime Co., founded in 1888, has been a long-time BX member. Now under the leadership of a fifth generation, Kathy - and the company - have long supported the mission of workforce development in Ohio and is continuing to demonstrate that belief through the creation of this scholarship.
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (right) is the 2018 winner of the Columbus
Coal & Lime Scholarship, Becca Schalip, an architecture/city
& regional planning major at The Ohio State University.
Leadership Circle Scholarship
In 2012, a number of BX members who have served on the Exchange board of directors endowed a new, named fund scholarship to the Builders Exchange Foundation. For these past leaders of the industry, the Construction Leadership Circle Scholarship is ongoing evidence of their continued belief in the future of central Ohio construction.
The 2018 winner of
the Construction Leadership Circle Scholarship Becca Schalip
(center) an architecture/city & regional planning major at The
Ohio State University, is pictured with Andrea Pruneau (left) and Mac Ware (The Ohio State University).
Gerald L. Daily Scholarship for Civil Engineering at The
Ohio State University
In 2011, Gerald Daily, who received a BX Scholarship when he was a civil engineering student at The Ohio State University more than 50 years ago, contacted the Builders Exchange to inquire about "returning the favor." The result is a perpetual scholarship fund that will return the favor many times over. A retired civil engineer, Daily and his wife Janet live in Washington state, but still have ties to the central Ohio community.
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (right) is the 2019 winner
of the Gerald L. Daily Scholarship, Cody Free,
a civil engineering major at The Ohio State University.
Thomas C. Fitzpatrick Award for Community Service and
scholarship was created in 2006 by Elford, Inc. to honor its
retired chairman Thomas C. Fitzpatrick (1921-2014) for his
commitment to community service.
Thomas was active in the Builders Exchange for decades,
serving as president in 1961. But long after his leadership
roles concluded, he continued to volunteer at the BX as an
instructor for industry education programs, a membership
recruiter and foundation fundraiser. He was equally active
in civic activities, demonstrating loyalty and longevity in
his community service.
Winner of the 2019
Thomas C. Fitzpatrick Award for Community Service and Leadership,
Natalie Houser (third from right), a civil and environmental engineering major at
Villanova University is pictured with (from left) Jeff Copeland, Eric Bull
and T.J. Fitzpatrick (Elford, Inc.).
Igel Anniversary Scholarship
In 2011, to commemorate its 100th year in business, George J. Igel & Co., Inc. created the Igel Anniversary Scholarship. Since the company joined the Builders Exchange in 1933, many of its employees have been active in the association. John Igel, president, is a former BX board member.
of the Igel Anniversary Scholarship, David Gaydos (left), a
civil engineering major at the University of Dayton and
Allyson Fomich (right), civil engineering major at The Ohio
State University, are with Joe Igel of George J. Igel & Co., Inc.
Ben W. Kramer Scholarship
scholarship was created by Ben M. Kramer (1932-2017) in
honor of his father Ben W. Kramer who founded Kramer
Paints in Columbus in 1948. Kramer Paints provided for
three generations of the Kramer family over the next half
century. In 2006, Ben M. and his wife Ruth retired,
closing Kramer Paints. When the next generation of Kramer’s
pursued careers outside of the family operation, it was
with the full blessing of their parents. Ben W. Kramer
built a business to provide for the family and it had done
just that. Ben's grandson, Aaron, is a past BX Scholarship
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (left) is the 2019 winner
of the Ben W. Kramer Scholarship, Barbara Watkins,
a construction management major at Columbus State
scholarship was created in 2009 by Doug and Janice Cooper of
Liberty Construction Services, Inc. to mark the fifth
anniversary of the founding of their firm. The Cooper’s
gift was designed to send a message that they believe in the
industry and the people they work with. It’s a
small way for them to continue the tradition of generosity
that they have benefited from in their lives.
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (left) is the 2019 winner of the Liberty Scholarship,
John Longstreth, a construction management major at Columbus State
Lincoln Construction Scholarship for Central Ohio Students
in Construction Management
Lincoln Construction, Inc. is a classic example of what hard work, a committed team and strong ethics can do. The company started in 1971, doing residential and small commercial jobs.
In 2003, company owners Kurt Schmitt and Bruce Dew, created a scholarship especially for students in two-year, construction management programs. Their goal is to reward outstanding future construction managers, who will positively impact the Central Ohio industry.
The 2019 winner of
the Lincoln Construction Scholarship, Annie Betts, a
construction management major at Columbus State Community
College, is with Greg Schmitt (Lincoln Construction, Inc.).
Richard T. Lombardi Award
by Turner Construction Co.
This scholarship was created in 2011 by Turner Construction Co. in honor of retired vice president and Ohio operations manager, Rick Lombardi, to express sincere gratitude and to celebrate his commitment to leadership. During his 40 years with Turner, Rick served on the Builders Exchange board of directors (2003-2010); and was on the board of the Associated General Contractors of Central Ohio, serving as president in 1992. Outside the industry, Rick has been active in a variety of community organizations and served two terms as chairman of the Community Foundation of Delaware County.
winner of the Richard T. Lombardi Award, Jack Downs
(center) a civil engineering and surveying major at Columbus State
Community College is with Rick Lombardi (left) and Charlie
Tyler Ludwig Leadership Award
Tyler Ludwig Leadership Award was created in 2001 to
single out an individual, majoring in a
construction-related field, for that person’s leadership
qualities. It was created in memory of Tyler Ludwig
(1988-2001), the late son of an active volunteer leader at
the Exchange. Support for the Tyler Ludwig Leadership
Award comes from friends of Tyler and his family, and from
Continental Building Co.
(center) is with the 2018 winners of the Tyler Ludwig
Leadership Award Isaiah Harris (left), a digital
engineering/marketing major at Ohio Wesleyan University
and Caleb Pees (right), a civil engineering major at
Mid-City Electric/Technologies Scholarship
owners of Mid-City Electric / Technologies created this
scholarship in 2006 to recognize and support students who
exhibit a strong commitment to a career in construction.
The Dew family – Founder and Mid-City Chairman Jim Dew,
and his children in the business: Brian, Dennis, Steve and
Mary – have always placed ethics and quality craftsmanship
as the company’s central core values. Since the
Columbus-based electrical contracting business was founded
in 1960, the Dews have generously supported a number of
industry and community causes.
Brian Dew (Mid-City
Electric/Technologies) is with the 2018 winner of the Mid-City
Electric / Technologies Scholarship, Michael Wade (left), an
architecture major at The Ohio State University.
Miller Family Scholarship
the Miller family, commercial construction provides more
than just a way to make a living – it provides a way of
family life. Pete Miller established the Miller Family
Scholarship to recognize the four generations (and counting)
of Millers who have found a home in the industry. The first
Miller family business was started in the 1920s by family
patriarch, Frank Miller. Later, Miller’s son, Frank, Jr.,
and his wife, Ruth, became active in the industry. Their
son, Pete and his wife, Judy followed suit. Pete’s brother
– another Frank – also worked with Pete for 30 years.
The 2018 winner of
the Miller Family Scholarship, Hannah Beeley (right), an HVAC
major at Columbus State Community College is with Pete Miller.
O'Shaughnessy Women in Construction Scholarship
O’Shaughnessy Women in Construction Award was created in
1994 to annually single out a woman student for her
teambuilding and leadership qualities.
It was created in memory of Terry O’Shaughnessy
(1946-1994), the late executive director of the Builders
Exchange of Central Ohio. Support for the O’Shaughnessy
Women in Construction Scholarship comes from Terry’s
friends and family, and from BX members.
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (left) is the 2019 winner of the
O'Shaughnessy Women in Construction Scholarship, Avonna Boysel, a
business/sales and marketing major at the University of Toledo.
Donald W. and David M. Righter Scholarship for Civil
Engineering and Construction Management
2011, The Righter Co., Inc.’s company president Brad
Nadolson established this award to honor the father and son
team who founded the general contracting firm in 1976.
Righter retired as president in 1984, and his son David ran
the business until 2002. David Righter died in 2005 after a
courageous battle with cancer. Don continued to offer his
expertise to the company on a variety of projects well into
his 90’s. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 96.
Brad Nadolson (The
Righter Co., Inc.) is with the 2019 winner of the Donald W. and
David M. Righter Scholarship, Terry Johnson (right), a
construction systems management major at The Ohio State University.
The SME – William L. Muter Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Settle-Muter Electric in honor of William Muter to express sincere gratitude and to celebrate his many achievements. Throughout the years, Bill helped guide and develop young people and extend his business knowledge and guidance to the electrical industry through serving on the Board of Independent Electrical Contractors. In addition, he has served as Director of Education and Apprenticeship Training to Settle-Muter Electric employees for more than 15 years.
The 2019 winner of the SME -
William L. Muter Scholarship, Francis "Scooter"
Nadolny (center), a civil or electrical engineer major at Ohio
Northern University is with Bill Muter (left) and Mark Muter (Settle-Muter Electric, Ltd.).
Samuel A. Shuman Scholarship for Mechanical Engineering
and Construction Management
Mechanical executives created this scholarship in 2007 to
mark the 50th anniversary of Chair Sam Shuman’s career
with their firm.
Since having been recruited in 1957 by Julian Speer to head
up his mechanical contracting company, Sam Shuman
(1927-2016) forged an indelible imprint on our industry.
Over the next two decades, Sam served as president of both
the BX board of directors and the Mechanical Contractors
Association of Central Ohio. In 1978 he won the Builders
Exchange Cornerstone Award.
The 2018 winner of
the Samuel A. Shuman Scholarship, Olivia Boysel, a mechanical
engineering major at the University of Toledo, is with Dennis
Shuman (Speer Mechanical).
Tarullo Family Scholarship
In 2013, this scholarship was created by long-time BX member Mike Tarullo and his family to show their support for the future of the construction industry. Mike served on the Builders Exchange board of directors (1997-2008), serving as president in 2007.
With BX Executive
Director Mary Tebeau (left) is the 2019 winner of the Tarullo
Family Scholarship, Luke Edo, a heating, ventilating and air
conditioning major at Columbus State Community College.
builders exchange foundation ▪ 1175 Dublin Road
▪ Columbus, Ohio 43215
▪ p 614.486.9521 ▪ f 614.486.7620