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The National Association of Women in Construction - NAWIC believes that it is their responsibility to reach out to its members and the community to educate them and to expose young people to exciting careers in construction.

Annually, scholarship applications are sent to local vocational high schools as well as colleges that offer construction related programs. Applicants must be pursuing an education and career in a construction related field. Programs may include architecture, construction management, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. We consider high school seniors and those already enrolled full time and we encourage those who have received awards in the past to reapply in future years.

The Board of Directors determines the amount of scholarship funds to be awarded and it is the committee’s job to review the applications and select the recipients. Applications are due back to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson annually, in March. The committee will decide, based on the number of qualified applicants how much to award each recipient. Typically the recipients and their guest are invited to our June business / dinner meeting for the presentation of scholarships.

NAWIC Scholarship Application 2014-2015 (applications due by 03/03/14)


On Tuesday, 06/19/12 at Monthly Business Meeting, Marriott, Memorial Dr., Cambridge 

Excerpt from 2012 Scholarship Awards Ceremony: Good evening.  I am Deborah Griffin, a construction lawyer with Holland & Knight.  I chair the scholarship committee.  Other committee members are Amy Blake-Baldwin, an architect with HKT Architects Inc., and Terry Saunders, HR / Benefits Manager with RoadSafe Traffic Systems.  Terry is here with us this evening and has served on the committee since 2001.  Amy was not able to join us tonight.  This was her first year on the committee.  Many thanks to both Amy and Terry for their diligence, hard work and thoughtfulness in this year's deliberations.

Each year the Board of Directors determines the amount of scholarship funds to be awarded and it is the committee’s job to review the applications and select the recipients.  The scholarships are open to both male and female students and applicants must be enrolled full time as a degree candidate in a construction related field.  Since 1973 and including this year’s recipients we have awarded 123 scholarships totaling over $131,200. 

Terry Saunders will tell you about our recent fundraiser

TMS - Over the years the Boston Chapter of NAWIC has raised funds through a variety of sources.  Since 2006 we have held a bowling event for a fundraiser.  As a member of that committee I’d like to tell you about our 7th Annual NAWIC Bowling Fund Raiser that was held on Thursday, March 22nd at Boston Bowl.  The committee consisted of Co-Chairs Amy Hutchins and I and members Ashley Ward and Amy Blake-Baldwin.  Susan Grabowsky, Kristen O’Halloran and Jamie Niedzolkowski assisted that evening.  95 guests enjoyed pizza, appetizers and soda.   

Bowling Fundraiser Committee L to R – Ashley Ward, Amy Hutchins, Amy Blake-Baldwin, Terry Saunders, Susan Grabowsky and Kristen O’Halloran

The following companies and/or individuals made monetary donations. 

Kingpin Sponsors:  American Contractors, Armstrong World, Great In Counters, J. Calnan, Kamco Commercial Building Products, Murtha Cullina, RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Schneider Electric and Stebbins-Duffy.

Tenpin Sponsor:  Adler Pollock & Sheehan and Duckpin Sponsors:  Enviro-Safe Engineering, HKT Architects and Marjam Supply Company. 

Team Sponsors:  A. J. Martini, R.G.Vanderweil Engineers, RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Stebbins-Duffy and Trinity Building.  

Other Participants and Guests:  Limbach Company, Alliant Insurance, Justin Savignano, Amy Hutchins, Mike Gersht, Siobhan Costello, Ashley Ward, Amy Blake-Baldwin, Jamie Niedzolkowski, Susan Grabowsky, Kristen O’Halloran, Nick Giordano, Jim Sullivan, Bob Poineau, Christina Jaeger

Congratulations to Michael Williams who bowled with Kamco with a high individual game of 209 and to the Kamco Kingpins team with a high game of 688.  Great In Counters a/k/a GIC Rockers received the 2nd Annual Team Spirit Award. 

Michelle Ruda who bowled with Stebbins-Duffy won $174 from the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle.  James DiNardo of Trinity won the $35 Gift Card from Dunkin Donuts that was donated by Great In Counters and he also won the Kamco Gift Pack that included a $35 purchase at Kamco.  Ventura Homs of Great In Counters won the Armstrong World Gift Pack. 

We want to thank all who donated, participated and assisted with this event to make it a success.  Now Deb will make the scholarship presentations. 

DSG - The scholarship committee reviewed a record 32 applications from students who had applied to or were attending a variety of colleges.  After a thorough review of all the applications we chose three worthy recipients.

This year the Boston Chapter has provided the committee a total of $6,000 for the scholarship program, including two $500.00 memorial scholarships that were established in 2010.  One was in memory of Kathleen Moriarty, a Past President of the Boston Chapter, and the other was established by Past President Patti Riley and her family in memory of their father Ted Riley.  Patti is here with us this evening with her mother Eileen Riley Thatcher.  We are honored to accept the responsibility to select recipients for both of these awards.    

Our first recipient this evening is Joseph Atchue from Northbridge, MA.  Joseph is here this evening with his wife and son, Katherine and Joseph Atchue.  Joseph graduated from Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School and New England Institute of Technology earning an Associates of Science in Architectural Building Engineering.  He now attends Wentworth Institute of Technology in Construction Management and expects to graduate in 2013.

In addition to being a full time student at Wentworth, Joseph is a volunteer firefighter, and he participates in the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen, which serves up to 150 people a hot dinner once a week.  Joseph says that his involvement in the Peace of Bread program has taught him humility and inspired him to use his skills to give back to the community and to those who are less fortunate. 

Joseph was also a stay-at-home dad until his children attended full day kindergarten, so that his wife could work as a special education teacher. He returned to college after a long hiatus, as he put it, in order to achieve something that his children could be proud of.  He notes that “It is my greatest hope that through witnessing my commitment to education that my children will pursue their education to the best of their abilities.”  He hopes to become a leader in sustainable design and construction.

Joseph already holds a Construction Supervisor's license and a Massachusetts Building Official Certification.  NAWIC is delighted to help Joseph complete his college studies and earn a bachelors degree in Construction Management from Wentworth. 

Joseph if you’d come to the podium . . .  The Boston Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction is pleased to present you with a check for $2000, which includes $500 from the Ted Riley Memorial Scholarship and the balance from the chapter. 

Our second recipient is Erblin Bucaliu.  Erblin is here with Kemal Zahirovic, a fellow Wentworth Architecture graduate who is now working in Hartford, CT.  Erblin came to the United States in 2006 from Kosovo as a high school exchange student in Stillwater, OK, completing his junior and senior years in a single academic year.    Erblin went on to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 and is currently enrolled to earn his Masters of Architecture. 

While an undergraduate at Wentworth, he was a member of the Wentworth Architecture Club; The American Institute of Architecture Student Chapter, serving as Vice President in 2008-2009.  He participated in Wentworth’s International Students Orientation Week and was selected to join a team of six students to participate in the Northeast Regional Design/Build competition held by the Associated Schools of Construction. 

His current employer at Klopfer Martin Design Group says of Erblin: “He not only was a student of karate, but became a world champion, he not only wanted to improve his English, he left home by himself for Oklahoma where he lived with a family and became valedictorian of his class and so too, he is doing the same in his pursuit of his master’s degree in architecture.”

Erblin's goal is to become an accomplished architect so that he can help build a better future for the next generation of Kosovars, so that they will not have to leave their homes in order to obtain an education.

Erblin  would you come up.  We’d like to present you with this check for $2,000 from the chapter scholarship.

Our third and final recipient for the evening is Haylee Bacik. Haylee comes from Lowell, Massachusetts and her mother Carol is here with her tonight.  Haylee graduated in 2010 from Greater Lowell Technical High School, where she studied carpentry and was valedictorian of her graduating class.  She has now completed two years in Wentworth's Construction Management program and expects to graduate in 2014.  Haylee's academic achievement at Wentworth is no less impressive than it was in high school.  During her time at Wentworth, Haylee has participated in the Construction Management Club and played on the varsity softball team, among other activities.  Haylee wrote that she learned the importance of teamwork through her softball experience.  She has clearly taken that lesson to heart, as Scott Sumner, chair of the Construction Management department at Wentworth, wrote of Haylee:  "Her work is always of excellent quality.  She takes the lead but listens to her team.  She takes leadership seriously and motivates her team to succeed."

Last summer, Haylee worked as an assistant project manager under the watchful eye of Bill Morash, who is the Director of Project Management for Elaine Construction, in Newton Upper Falls.  There, Haylee got hands-on experience in dealing with change requests, requests for information and other submittals, punchlists and project close-out.  Those of you whose work includes construction management know that these tasks are at the heart of a construction manager's world, so Haylee should be well on her way to mastering her chosen profession.

Haylee, please come to the podium . . .  The Boston Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction is pleased to present you with a check for $2000, which includes $500 from the Kathleen Moriarty President's Scholarship and the balance from the chapter.

Joseph, Erblin and Haylee, we hope you will keep in touch with the chapter and scholarship committee as you continue your education and when you graduate.  We encourage you to remit another scholarship application next year as well if you are still eligible.  Our meetings and events are posted on our web site at along with pictures of previous events.  In closing, we’d like to thank each of our recipients and their family and friends for being with us this evening and to all those that generously supported our fundraising efforts. 

Respectfully Submitted:
Committee Chair:  Deborah Griffin
Committee Members:  Theresa Saunders and Amy Blake Baldwin
Presentation by:  Deborah Griffin

Scholarship Recipients L to R – Haylee Bacik, Erblin Bucaliu and Joseph Atchue