Hardworking CFCC students contractors’ association scholarships

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Wilmington Contractors Association president Chip Overman presents a check for scholarship funds to CFCC students and administrators. Photo courtesy CFCC.
Wilmington Contractors Association President Chip Overman presents a check for scholarship funds to CFCC students and administrators. Photo courtesy CFCC.

Five Cape Fear Community College students are this year’s recipients of a Wilmington Contractors Association-sponsored scholarship.

Association president Chip Overman recently presented a $3,000 donation to benefit the Wallace and Virginia West Endowed Scholarship and the Thurman Watts Book Scholarship. Construction management students Alana Dos Santos, Landon Ray, Jason Eaton, Susan Martin and Christopher Hatfield will receive those funds.

“The scholarships that are provided by the Wilmington Contractors Association give our students much-needed financial help but possibly even more importantly, the scholarships provide a boost in morale to the students by being recognized for their hard work and dedication to the construction management program and the construction industry,” lead instructor Jon Begue said.

According to Begue, all Wilmington Contractors Association (WCA) scholarship winners, to date, have earned their degrees in construction management.

“That fact alone proves how much those scholarships impact the students our program,” Begue noted.

Established in 1999, the West scholarship honors two longtime administrators of the WCA–one of the oldest trade associations in the state.

WCA also supports the Thurman Watts Book Scholarship, named for a former WCA president who worked nearly three decades at John S. Clark Company, LLC and served as a former president of the WCA.

Over the last 16 years, the WCA has provided nearly $127,000 in scholarships to support CFCC students.

“The Wilmington Contractors Association strongly believes it is important to give back to our community, and what better way to give than to students in our local area,” WCA secretary Shanda Bordeaux said. “By partnering with Cape Fear Community College, we are ensuring an investment in the lives of students now and in the years to come.”