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NAHB Professional Women in Building Council Announces Scholarship Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 7, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its National Housing Endowment “Strategies for Success” scholarship fund. The council awarded $11,000 in college scholarships to a total of 11 students for the 2012-2013 academic year to help further their education in housing-related programs.

“The PWB Council is very proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and potential of these outstanding students, all of whom are preparing for the next steps in their education and careers in the housing industry,” said PWB Chair and AGH Homes Inc. President Alicia Huey of Birmingham, Ala. “We would also like to thank our council members and industry partners for their support in contributing to the scholarship fund.”

The top winner, Hannah Hindman, received a $2,000 scholarship while two additional applicants, Jilleen Carver and Alejandra Robles, each received $1,500. Eight other applicants received either $1,000 or $500 scholarships. The recipients were chosen based upon their scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities, financial need, employment history and essays on their career goals. The scholarship recipients are:

Hannah Hindman, an architect major from St. Louis, is in a five-year master’s program at the University of Kansas – School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Hindman has made the honor roll while at KU and is a peer mentor in the school’s Honors Program. She is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the vice president of the KU School of Architecture Student Council and also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Hannah’s career goal is to be a leading principal at a well-known, respected architecture firm.

Jilleen Carver, from Hemet, Calif., is a civil engineering student at California Baptist University who has worked in the civil engineering industry for the past six years. She has volunteered for several organizations over the years, including the ASCE, the Big Serve and the Hemet Community Pantry. Jilleen’s goal is to become a registered civil engineer by 2014 and a project manager at an engineering firm.

Alejandra Robles, from El Paso, Texas, is in her fourth year at Texas Tech University majoring in architecture. She has had construction-related experience at different engineering firms over the past several years and has also volunteered for organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Alejandra is also a member of the United States Green Building Council and American Institute of Architecture Students. Her career goal is to design energy-efficient and structurally stable homes for her clients.

The following students received $1,000 scholarships: Amanda Brown, University of Georgia; Kathryn Donahue, University of Maryland; Nadia Brenner, California Polytechnic State University; and Dorothy Shepard, University of Texas. These students received $500 scholarships: Angel Alvarado, Kansas State University; Audrey Burton, Appalachian State University; Nicole Johnson, Washington State University; and Ashley Reed, Pennsylvania State University.

The members of the NAHB PWB “Strategies for Success” scholarship committee reviewed the applications and chose the winners. NAHB PWB Council Past National President Deborah Ferland and Austin Ferland initiated the scholarship fund in 2001.