2019 Scholarship Award Program
To be eligible for the $1,000 HBRA-WM Member Scholarship, an applicant had to be affiliated with a member or the employee of a member company. The HBRA-WM also awards area trade and vocational high school students $750 educational scholarships or tool acquisition awards to further their careers in the building industry. The association issued a request to each of the fourteen schools in our service area of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties to recommend an exemplary student to compete for one of these awards. The HBRA-WM also offered students in our NAHB Student Chapters the opportunity to receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
The eight HBRA-WM $1,000 Member Scholarship recipients were: Madison Stahelski, daughter of Brant & Jennifer Stahelski, who will attend Sacred Heart University; Abigal Goyette, daughter of Robert & Christina Goyette, who will attend Union College; Connor Kennedy, son of Joseph Kennedy & Jaimie Gulbamson, who will attend Westfield State University; Allison Carrington, daughter of Mark & Kelly Carrington, who will attend Endicott College; Spencer Beebe, son of Richard & Elaine Beebe, who will attend University of Rhode Island; Allison Forcier, daughter of Theodore & Billie Jo Forcier, who will attend Worcester State University; Christianna Gardner, daughter of Bertram & Jamie Gardner, who will attend University of Prince Edward Island; and Tea Goncalves, daughter of Carlos & Anita Goncalves, who will attend University of Connecticut.
The 2019 HBRA-WM $1,000 Student Chapter Scholarship winners were: Robson Stewart, son of Rob & Lyn Stewart; and Antin Lam, son of Louis Lam and Katherine Nung. Both winners will continue their studies at the University of Massachusetts.
The 2019 HBRA-WM $750 Tool/Educational Stipend Scholarship winners were: Brooke Romanovicz (Franklin County Technical), daughter of Jennifer Romanovicz; Eric Stoltz (Smith Vocational), son of Leslie Stoltz; Jacob Bacis (Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative), son of Tom & Shelly Bacis; John Bourguignon (Chicopee Comp), son of Jillian Bourguignon; Jonathan Lagrant (Pathfinder Vocational), son of Marc & Nancy Lagrant; Joshua Bush (Westfield Technical), son of Wayne & Lisa Bush; Joshua St. Laurent (Tantasqua Regional High School), son of Dean & Sarah St. Laurent; Justin Horn (McCann Tech High School), son of John
Kelly Horn; Raymond Mercado (Holyoke High School), son of Maria Bermudez; Robert McCown (Taconic High School), son of Christina Delgado.; and Tighler Andrews, son of Daniel & Stephanie Andrews.
Representative Joseph Wagner was scheduled to be the keynote speaker but was tied up in Boson and unable to attend. We would like to thank all of the sponsors for this wonderful event: A J Crane of A-Crane Construction; Don Carlson of CertainTeed; David DeGiorgis of David DeGiorgis Woodcraftsman; William Laplante of Laplante Construction Company; Tom Daly of Oasis Shower Doors & Specialty Glass; Nicholas Riley of N. Riley Construction/General Contractor; Stuart Fearn of SAFCO Foam Insulation; Timothy Wells of T. R. Wells Custom Framers; and Marcus Thayer of Westover Building Supply.