The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) Scholarship Foundation distributed $16,000 this year to West Virginia college students pursuing an education and career in construction or engineering. Recipients were selected on the basis of their academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, financial need and interest in a construction industry career. Eligible schools include West Virginia University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University, Fairmont State University and Bluefield State College.
Kalee Murphey, a Civil Engineering Technology student at Fairmont State University, is the recipient of the association’s $5,000 scholarship award for 2015. Murphey is the president of the university’s American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, a member of the concrete canoe team and has completed a 2014 summer internship with the West Virginia Division of Highways. Murphey also received a $1,500 scholarship from the North Central West Virginia American Society of Highway Engineers and a $500 scholarship from the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (SPE).
“Engineering was not my first choice upon entering college,” Murphey said. “It took me two years to finally decide that civil engineering had just the right combination of challenge and excitement for me to thrive in. Today, I am proudly the president of ASCE at FSU.”
Murphey expressed her thanks to the CAWV Scholarship Foundation, her professors and industry mentors during the CAWV’s State Meeting, which was held March 25 during the West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition.
In addition to Murphey, the Foundation presented six other scholarships totaling $11,000. Students receiving scholarship awards were: William Bowman, J. Cole Anderson and George Lynch from Fairmont State; Cassandra Mosley and Justin Smith from West Virginia University; and Benjamin Goffin from Bluefield State College. Bowman also received a $500 SPE scholarship.
The CAWV, the state’s largest full service construction association, represents over 450 firms in the building, highway and utility construction industry throughout West Virginia.