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, contact Mary Tebeau at the BX, 614.486.9521 x234.

Blackford; cHc; Carper
2021 Cathy Blackford Scholarship recipient

With Cathy (right) is the 2021 winner of the Cathy Blackford Scholarship, Melina Carna, an interior design/construction management & marketing major at Kent State University.

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 Mark Lambert (cHc Manufacturing, Inc.) is the 2021 winner of the cHc Manufacturing Scholarship, Arell Layliev (center), a civil engineering major at the University of Cincinnati and his mother Tara Layliev.

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.

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 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.

Coal&Lime; Leadership Circle; Daily

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.

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.

The 2021 winner of the Construction Leadership Circle Scholarship James Settle (center) an architecture/construction management major at Kent State University, is pictured with Rick Lombardi (right) and Jim Smith (Elford, Inc.).

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.

With BX Executive Director Mary Tebeau (right) is the 2021 winner of the Gerald L. Daily Scholarship, Hailey Robey, a civil engineering major at Ohio Northern University.

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.

Fitzpatrick; Igel; Korda
2021 TC Fitzpatrick Scholarship recipient

Winner of the 2021 Thomas C. Fitzpatrick Award for Community Service and Leadership, Makayla Lawrence (center), a civil engineering major at The Ohio State University is pictured with (from left) Eric Bull and Jim Smith (Elford, Inc.).

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.

2021 Igel Scholarship recipient

The 2021 winner of the Igel Anniversary Scholarship, Grant Jones (center), a civil engineering/surveying major at The Ohio State University, are with (from left) Joe and John Igel of George J. Igel & Co., Inc.

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.

2021 Peter Korda Scholarship

The 2021 winner of the Peter E. Korda Scholarship, (second from left) Logan Eberhardt, a civil engineering major at The Ohio State University, is with (from left) Ed Keener, Peter and Doris Korda.

The Peter E. Korda Scholarship

The partners at Korda/Nemeth Engineering established the Peter E. Korda Scholarship in 2020 to honor Peter Korda, who founded the firm in 1964.

Kramer, Liberty, Lincoln
2021 TC Fitzpatrick Scholarship recipient

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 Community College.

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.

2021 Igel Scholarship recipient

With BX Executive Director Mary Tebeau (left) is the 2019 winner of the Liberty Scholarship, John Longstreth, a construction management major at Columbus State Community College.

The Liberty Scholarship

This 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.

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.).

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.

Lombardi, Ludwig, Melson

The 2019 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 Egbert (Turner Construction Co.)

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.

Mark Ludwig (right) is with the 2021 winner of the Tyler Ludwig Leadership Award Dylan Boso, a civil engineering major at Ohio University.

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.

Samone Melson, former vice president of construction operations at Marker, Inc.

The Samone Melson Scholarship

Created in 2021 in Samone Melson's memory, the scholarship will carry on his enthusiasm and spirit for generations. Samone was passionate about coaching and supporting the younger generation in the industry.

Mid-City; Miller; SME
2021 Mid-City Scholarship recipient

Brian Dew (Mid-City Electric/Technologies) is with the 2021 winner of the Mid-City Electric / Technologies Scholarship, Evelyn Marx (right), an electrical engineering major at Vanderbilt University.

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.

2021 Miller Family Scholarship recipient

The 2021 winner of the Miller Family Scholarship, Jarret Schaffer (center), a civil engineering major at Ohio Northern University is with his father, Jason Schaffer (right) and Pete Miller.

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.

2021 Miller Family Scholarship recipient

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.).

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.

O'Sha Women; Rghter; Setterlin

With BX Executive Director Mary Tebeau (right) is the 2021 winner of the O'Shaughnessy Women in Construction Scholarship, Caroline Sedor, an accounting/business major at Wittenberg University.

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 team-building 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.

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 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.

2021 Setterlin Scholarship recipient

Mark Setterlin is with the 2021 winner of the Setterlin Building Company Scholarship, Abigail Mitchell, a construction management major at Columbus State Community College.

Setterlin Building Company Scholarship

President Mark and CEO Steve Setterlin of Setterlin Building Company created this scholarship in 2020 to provide opportunities for underrepresented populations who are pursuing a career in the construction industry.

Shuman; Tarullo; Placeholder

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).

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.

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.

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.

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