Serving as a private Foundation supporting SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association) members and the industry at large, the mission at SC&RF (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Foundation) is to serve the crane, rigging, and specialized transport industry through workforce development, educational assistance, research, and educational initiatives. The Foundation awards between $30,000 and $55,000 annually to individuals, in addition to training courses as donated by partner organizations.
Back in July, SC&RF announced the winners of its 2022 collegiate scholarship program. Receiving a total of $15,000, six college and university students preparing for or furthering careers related to the crane, rigging, and specialized transportation industries were selected as recipients.
The scholarships are an integral part of the SC&RF’s workforce development program and, together with Vocational/Technical Scholarships and Partner in Education Scholarships, meet the objective of bridging the skilled labor gap in the industry.
Collegiate scholarship applications were accepted from October 2021 through January 21, 2022. Scholarships are reviewed once a year, and announced at the SC&RA Annual Conference in April.
The 2022 recipients were:
- Raymond Bodnar, from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, who was awarded $4,000 as the recipient of the Douglas A. Ball Memorial Scholarship—an award that NBIS, along with others, continues to support.
- Ian Cox, from Valparaiso, Indiana, who was awarded $2,500 as the recipient of the George Bragg Memorial Scholarship.
- Devon Sever, from Piqua, Ohio, who was awarded $2,500, and was also the recipient of the IUOE Continuing Education Scholarship.
- Blake Ludwig, of Allen, Texas, who was awarded a $2,500 Jay Shiffler Memorial Scholarship.
- Jakob Freuh of Nashport, Ohio, who was awarded a $2,500 George Young Memorial Award.
- Eli Herkenrath of Silver Lake, Kansas, who was awarded a $1,000 Terex Continuing Education Scholarship.
In addition to the collegiate scholarships, SC&RF Vo/Tech scholarship applications are accepted six times annually and reviewed every other month. A total of $5,725 has been awarded thus far in 2022, and $9,000 remains to be awarded following the August and October deadlines.
The recipients from the first and second quarter of 2022 were as follows:
- Nicco De Armos of Houston, Texas, who was awarded 100% tuition to the CICB Rigger I and Signal Person Course through the Partners in Education program.
- John Canty of Ontario, Canada, who was awarded 100% tuition at the In-Person Rigging Course with ITI (Industrial Training International) at their Texas facility through the Partners in Education program.
- Richard Dornfeld of Endeavor, Wisconsin, who was awarded a $4,725 GKS Continuing Education Scholarship.
- Alfredo Fonseca of Houston, Texas, who was awarded $1,000 and 50% tuition for a Mobile Crane Course with CICB.
- Elvira Kabdeshova, of Kazakhstan, who was awarded 100% tuition for ITI’s Online Rigging Courses.
- Alfred Herring of McDonough, Georgia, who was awarded 50% tuition for the CICB Mobile Crane Operator course.
- Mike LaGrone, who was awarded 100% tuition for CICB’s Fixed and Swing Cab Telescopic Mobile Cranes NCCCO Applications Course.
- Kevin Martinez of Sugarland, Texas, who was awarded 50% tuition for the CICB Mobile Crane Course.
- Nick Wakeman of Houston, Texas, who was awarded 100% tuition at CICB for the NCCCO Preparatory Rigger 1/Signal Person.
For further information on these awards, applications, and due dates, contact Jackie Roskos, SC&RF Director, at (703) 207-3587 or email@example.com.