Building support for students wishing to go into construction
The Marshall County Builders Association has created a new scholarship at the Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF). “Our goal with this new scholarship is to provide assistance to students that desire a career in the construction trades and pursuing an education to do so,” said Matthew Podlesak, President of the Marshall Count Builders Association (MCBA) and owner of Colorbilt Painting LLC

“A four-year college education isn’t for everyone,” continued Travis McVicker, Vice President of the MCBA and President of GutterGuys. “Our new scholarship will help students interested in the construction trades get the skills training they need to start their career with as little debt as possible. I like that.”

The Marshall County Builders Association was formed in 1995, with around 30 member businesses – many of them locally owned – in Marshall County and approximately 3,000 Builders Association members across Indiana.

Initial investors in the MCBA Scholarship at the MCCF include: Podlesak with Colorbilt Painting LLC, McVicker with GutterGuys, John and Brooke Large from Make Your Move Home Creations, Dennis Stutzman from Energy Efficient Roofing, Rick Hensley from Artizan Flooring, and Matthew Lowry with Lowry’s Flooring and Restoration.

“We want to support students as they explore all their career options after high school,” said Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the MCCF. “This new scholarship continues a trend we are seeing at the Foundation – a diversification and expansion of scholarship opportunities into new and exciting career pathways.”

High school seniors interested in applying for the new scholarship may consult with their high school counselor, or visit the MCCF’s website for more information.

“We believe home ownership provides a base for stability for families. Home ownership creates jobs and generates tax revenue for schools and local government and the local economy,” said Podlesak. “You can count on the MCBA to help you do business and to provide knowledge to adapt and prosper in this ever changing world of construction. Our new scholarship at the Foundation is an exciting step for us in helping a new generation of construction trades professionals join us in building Marshall County’s future homes and businesses.”