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The Home Builders Foundation is the charitable arm of the Home Builder & Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts. Funds are raised throughout the year at HBRA membership functions such as meetings, golf tournaments and the annual clambake. The funds are distributed for three major purposes through the foundation:

Scholarship Program – Member, trade school, and Student Chapter scholarships are awarded annually. (Tens of thousands of dollars have been awarded in scholarship funds to worthy students who pursue higher education. Tool stipend awards are given to deserving trade school students who are entering the building industry.)

Charitable Work – Funds have gone to the American Red Cross Hometown Heroes and Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April programs.

General Fund – Contributions can be earmarked for the general fund or specific purpose such as landscaping, library material, etc.

If you would like to make a donation to the Home Builders Foundation, please make your check payable to:

Home Builders Foundation
821 E Main Street, Suite 3
Chicopee, MA 01020


Scholarship Programs

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Mass is pleased to announce that it will once again be awarding eight $1,000 scholarships for the 2024 year.

Members, their children, and their grandchildren are eligible to apply, as well as a member’s employee or their employee’s children.  A Scholarship Application has been mailed out to all of our member companies.  We ask all of our members to make copies of this information and to distribute it to their employees.

The Application Deadline for all materials is Friday, May 31, 2024.  If you would like to receive a copy of the application, please contact Heather Leclerc at 413-733-3126, or email her at

All the applicants are voted on by a “blind application” process by our Scholarship Committee.  All identifying elements of the applications are blocked out prior to the Committee reviewing all of the applications that are received and selecting the eight winners.  Applicants are judged on an array of items including academics, writing ability, work experience, community service, and extra-curricular activities.

All applicants that apply for a scholarship will receive a notification letter whether they have or have not been awarded one of the eight $1,000 scholarships.  The award check will be made out to the winner and their college, or to the college bookstore.

Fourteen Trade School $750 Education Scholarship/Acquisition Awards

We offer scholarships to fourteen local trade schools every year. The first scholarship is our $750 Tool Acquisition Award/Educational Scholarship. The applications are reviewed by the committee and winners are selected. The scholarship can be used to further the student’s education or for him/her to purchase tools from a member company. The student can be a Junior or Senior who is recommended by the school and is involved in a construction related trade.

Congratulations to all of the 2023 Trade School Students who were recognized by their schools as winners of the 2023 $750 Tool Stipends to further their career goals.  (Watch for the names of our 2024 Tool Stipend Winners shortly.)

Last year’s 2023 winners were:

Chicopee Comp High School – Eric Darrin

Franklin County Tech – Shawn Donovan

Lower Pioneer Valley Career & Tech Education Center  – A’yuri Clarke

McCann Vocational Tech High School – Avery Huffstater

Pathfinder Regional High School – Thomas Edwin Traugh

Putnam Vocational Tech Academy – Adrean Martinez

Taconic High School – Michael Britten

Westfield Technical Academy – Adam Styyrcharz