SOPREMA Awards Seven Scholarships to Current and Future College Students

SOPREMA Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

“We’re proud to be offering these scholarships through the first year of our scholarship program,” says Sara Jonas, marketing manager, SOPREMA. “By awarding scholarships to these deserving students, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country and each is accomplished in their own right with many recent awards and honors.

  • Julianna Kampe, of Frisco, Texas, will be a freshman at the University of Portland studying civil engineering in the coming school year. While at Independence High School, Kampe has been a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and a participant in the Architecture, Construction and Engineer (ACE) Mentor Program. Additionally, Kampe has played for the school’s varsity and club soccer teams and volunteers in her community.
  • Matthew Hill, of Roswell, Ga., will be a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines studying engineering in the 2016-17 school year. In 2015, Hill received the National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation and the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. In 2016, Hill received the John Dorman Duty to God Award.
  • Chandler Householder, of McKinney, Texas, will be a freshman studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin this fall. Recently, Householder has conducted research and worked with Stantec architects on a collaborative project through an independent studies and mentorship class. Additionally, Householder has started her own architectural photography series and volunteers her time with children’s programs at the Kimbell Art Museum.
  • McHugh Carroll, of Chicago, Ill., will be a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying architecture this fall. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carroll volunteers at the campus bike co-op and attends architecture and physics lectures. He also enjoys spending his free time rock climbing.
  • Katherine Young, of Clermont, Fla., will be a college freshman this fall studying architecture. While attending high school at Monteverde Academy, Young has been a member of the varsity cross country and track team, Key Club, National Honor Society, S.T.E.M. Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
  • Heather Holm, of Clermont, Fla., will be a college freshman this fall studying engineering. While in high school at Monteverde Academy, Holm has been a member of Key Club, Yearbook Club and National Honor Society.
  • Ryan Keenan, of Montebello, Calif., will be a senior at California State Polytechnic University: Pomona this fall, graduating with a degree in architecture. While in college, Keenan has served as president of Freedom by Design, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) community service program. Additionally, Keenan was awarded both the Jean Roth Driskel Scholar Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the President’s Council Scholar Award from California State Polytechnic University: Pomona in 2015.

In its first year, the scholarship program supports SOPREMA’s commitment to educating and advancing the building envelope community through promoting continuing education and aiding the next generation in attending college.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress: Committed to Securing the Future Excellence of the Roofing Industry

Margaret Mead was quoted as saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
And years later, her words ring true for the members of the Rosemont, Ill.-based Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

This diverse, thoughtful and dedicated forum of 148 roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and industry professionals have united together to change the course of the roofing industry by committing more than $12.3 million to help preserve and enhance the U.S. roofing industry’s success.

On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, the alliance is growing at a rapid pace in members and projects and proving itself to be stronger than ever. Since its inception in 1996, the alliance continues to unite leaders throughout the roofing industry while funding high-quality re- search, providing forward-thinking responses to major economic and techno- logical issues, and advancing education and training to enhance the long-term viability of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

“The advances the alliance has made, particularly in the last few years, are a testimonial to how successful we can be when everyone commits to work together to improve and shape this great industry,” says Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company based in Milwaukee. “We have made some remarkable progress, and I encourage those who are not a part of the alliance to seriously consider getting involved.”


With a keen focus on raising awareness about careers in the roofing industry, the alliance approved substantial project funding to advance ongoing educational initiatives with three well-known construction management schools in the U.S.: The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

In February, the alliance also sponsored its second annual Construction Management Student Design Competition, a hallmark competition to promote careers in roofing industry management. The competition featured teams from Auburn University; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; and the University of Florida. In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fostered camaraderie, dialogue among the students and team spirit. Students were challenged to demonstrate their roofing knowledge in the areas of estimating, project management, safety and related areas for their project on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, which also was the site for the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE).

Their final portion of the project, an oral presentation, was judged by a panel of five roofing professionals during IRE. The winning team from the University of Florida, which included members Eddie San Juan, Nick Loewenthal, Caleb Strauss and Drew Winant, received a school trophy and individual trophies during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on Feb. 18.

The alliance also awarded its second Construction Management Faculty Scholarship to James Sullivan, director of undergraduate programs, M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. With the $15,000 scholarship, Sullivan developed a detailed intern program guide- line that can be customized to meet the requirements of various construction management schools and fulfill students required credits. A pilot program is expected to be launched by the summer of 2017.

“It’s important we are visible as an organization, as well as an industry, and in front of as many students as possible,” says Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas. “We all need good, well-trained people and this exposure is invaluable.”


The alliance continued to support educational efforts and offer students financial aid through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program by approving funding to renew five scholar- ships totaling $25,000, as well as five new ones at $5,000 each. The new 2015-16 recipients included Brittany Beldon, San Antonio; Christian Bole, Dallas, Ga.; Jonah Manson, Solon, Iowa; Ivy Rivas, Tujunga, Calif.; and Adam Stackpole, Saginaw, Mich.

Named for Melvin Kruger, NRCA former president and chief executive officer of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the alliance’s first scholarship was awarded in 1986. Since its inception, the program has distributed $630,000 in scholarship funds to 115 students. The program is open to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing industry or building construction.

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Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Bestows Scholarships

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2014 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of seven scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Alliance awarded two new general scholarships to Dannelly McKenzie of Columbia, S.C., daughter of Christopher McKenzie, partner at Watts and Associates Roofing, Columbia, S.C., and Shoshanna Lee, of Livermore, Calif., daughter of Calvin Lee, estimator/project manager for Western Roofing Services, San Leandro, Calif.

In addition, a new Firestone Scholarship has been awarded to Jaclyn Harris of Mooresville, Ind., daughter of Albert Harris, warehouse/fleet manager for Beacon Roofing Supply, Indianapolis.

The Alliance also renewed seven Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including four general scholarships to Sean Cawley of Birmingham, Ala., attending Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., Neil Hourahan of Saunderstown, R.I., attending University of Massachusetts Amherst, Josiah Martin of Richmond, Va., attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., and Jonathan Poore of Harrogate, Tenn., attending Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

One Fred Good Scholarships was renewed for Carter Hruby of Fargo, N.D. attending North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Alexis Plachecki of Taylor, Wis., who is attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, also received a renewal of her Firestone Scholarship.

In addition, a Dan Cohen Scholarship was also renewed for Kara Sosinki of Hudson, Ohio, who is attending Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

A total of $50,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2014-15 school year—$35,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 110 students have received $580,000 in scholarship awards.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create an endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry and its customers. The Alliance’s objectives are to conduct research and education projects that support high-quality programs for roofing contractors; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. The Alliance also reaches out to the roofing community and its members and helps fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving.