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New trend in giving benefits BX Scholarship Program

Over 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.

To find out how you can establish a named scholarship, or for more information about the Foundation, contact Mary Tebeau at the BX, 614.486.9521, ext. 234.  


The 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.

With 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.
Company president, Pat McLaughlin (left), is pictured with the 2016 winner of the cHc Manufacturing Scholarship, Griffin Goldenbagen, a welding engineering major at The Ohio State 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.

Creating the scholarship were Roger Carper, Jr. (second from right) and (from left) siblings Zach Carper, Ginnie Smith and Valerie Tisler; mother, Mary Kay and sister, Natalie Neff.

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 Kathy (left) is the 2016 winner of the Columbus Coal & Lime Scholarship, Ryan Stillion, a construction management major at Columbus State Community College.

The Construction 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.

Just a few of the past leaders at the Builders Exchange who helped endow the Construction Leadership Circle Scholarship are, from left: Mike Tarullo (Ice Miller LLP), Gabe Reitter (G III Reitter Walls LLC), Rick Lombardi (retired, Turner Construction Co.) and Dennis Hoffer (Inside Outfitters, Inc.).

The 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.

Gerald and Janet Daily

The Thomas C. Fitzpatrick Award for Community Service and Leadership

This 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.

T.C. Fitzpatrick (left) is pictured with Derek Schmid, the first recipient of the scholarship award that bears Fitzpatrick's name.

The 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. 

Announcing a new BX scholarship in honor of the George J. Igel & Co., Inc. centennial were (from left) Joe Igel, John Igel and George Igel V.

The Ben W. Kramer Scholarship

This 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 recipient.

Ben M. Kramer (right) and his wife Ruth are pictured with the 2007 recipient of the Ben W. Kramer scholarship, Russell Moeller (center).

The Liberty Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2009 by Doug and Janice Cooper of Liberty Construction Services, Inc. to mark the 5th anniversary of the founding of their firm. The Cooper’s gift is designed to send a message that they believe in the industry and the people they work with. They say it’s a small way for them to continue the tradition of generosity that they have benefited from in their lives.

     Doug and Janice Cooper

The 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.

Greg Schmitt (left) and Andrea Schmitt (right) are pictured with the 2016 recipients of the Lincoln Construction Scholarship, Shane Warner and Lori Meenach.

The 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.  

Rick Lombardi (right) is pictured with the 2011 recipient of the scholarship that bears his name, Andrew Zwolinski.

The Tyler Ludwig Leadership Award

The 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.

Mark Ludwig (center) is pictured with 2016 winners of the Tyler Ludwig Leadership Award. Quentin Pruneau (left) a construction systems management/civil engineering major at The Ohio State University and Jaylen Reinhart (right) a civil engineering major at University of Florida.

The Mid-City Electric/Technologies Scholarship

The family 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.

The Dew family (from left) Jim, Brian, Denny, Mary and Steve, are pictured with the 2007 winner of the Mid-City Electric Company Scholarship, Matt Sprinkle (third from left).

The Miller Family Scholarship

For 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.

Pete Miller (right) pictured with his parents Ruth and Frank, established the Family Scholarship.

The O'Shaughnessy Women in Construction Scholarship

The 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. 

The Donald W. and David M. Righter Scholarship for Civil Engineering and Construction Management

In 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. 

Don 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 (left, president of The Righter Co., Inc. and company co-founder Don Righter (right) congratulate Dylan Osborn on receiving their first named fund award.

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.  

Mark Muter (left) is pictured with the 2016 winner of the SME - William L. Muter Scholarship, Mary Murray a civil engineering/construction management major at Ohio University.

The Samuel A. Shuman Scholarship 
for Mechanical Engineering and Construction Management

Speer 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.

Sam Shuman (right) is pictured with the first Samuel A. Shuman scholarship winner, Joshua McRoberts (left) and his parents.

The 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. 

Mike and Katja Tarullo are pictured with the first recipient of The Tarullo Family Scholarship, Andrea Vannoy.


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Updated 5/17/2017