Contractors Association of WV Awards Scholarships to Three FSU Students

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Three Fairmont State University students were among those who received scholarships from the Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) Scholarship Foundation.

Kathleen McDiffit, Ben Costello and Michael Daetwyler, students in FSU’s College of Science and Technology, received scholarships during the CAWV’s State Meeting, held March 22, during the West Virginia Construction and Design EXPO in Charleston.

The CAWV distributed $15,500 this year to state 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 an 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.

Daniel Craigo, a civil engineering student from Marshall University, was selected as this year’s top scholarship recipient and awarded $6,000. Other students receiving scholarship awards were: Dakota Smith, WVU Institute of Technology; Joshua Workman, WVU Institute of Technology; Caleb Mitchell, Marshall University; Brett Settles, Bluefield State College; and Eric Starliper, West Virginia University.

“Once again, the CAWV Scholarship Foundation had a great group of applicants this year,” said Scholarship Foundation Chairman and CAWV Past President Gene Thompson.  “All of the students we interviewed have impressive transcripts and leadership skills, with some already having work experience within the industry. They have committed themselves to educational excellence and each one of them will bring a unique benefit to West Virginia’s construction industry in the years to come.”

The CAWV, the state’s largest full service construction association, represents over 425 firms in the building, highway and utility construction industry throughout West Virginia.