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July 18, 2009 9:00 AM CDT Scholarship Winners

10 construction education scholarships awarded


A total of 10 construction education scholarships have been awarded in the 2009 edition of the workforce development initiative. is designed to encourage teens to pursue a construction industry career. In addition to scholarships, provides students, teachers, counselors and parents with online information about the benefits of construction careers, as well as access to educational options and local industry resources.

The program is a joint effort of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Following are the 2009 winners, who have each received $1,000 scholarships:

  • David Derakhshanian, Kansas City, Mo., attending Pittsburg State University for construction management

  • Ethan Heckenlaible, Stanley County High School, Fort Pierre, S.D., to attend Lake Area Technical Institute for diesel technology

  • Colleen Koeppen, Lake Mary Prep, Lake Mary, Fla., to attend Florida Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering

  • John McCormick, Maynard, Mass., attending Pennsylvania College of Technology for heavy equipment operation

  • Zane Osgood, Ten Broeck Academy, Franklinville, N.Y., to attend Alfred State College for diesel technology

  • Zeke Perez, Denver School of Science and Technology, Denver, Colo., to attend University of Denver for construction management

  • Matthew Pontarelli, Rochester, N.Y., attending Pennsylvania College of Technology for heavy equipment operation

  • Matthew Rockhill, Oliver Walcott Technical High School, Torrington, Conn., to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology for diesel technology

  • Steve Skoloda, Hamburg Area High School, Hamburg, Pa., to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology for diesel technology

  • Christopher Cody Swain, Puxico High School, Puxico, Mo., to attend Linn State Technical College for service technician
Visit to read the winning essays, and for more information on applying for the 2010 scholarships.

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