Meet some of the Recipients


Ten local high school students were awarded a total of $29,000 and one high school drafting instructor was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation during its annual academic awards program and Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition. 

Five scholarships were awarded for academic excellence, community service and financial need. Five students also received awards from the annual Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition.

The following academic scholarship recipients each received a $5,000 four-year scholarship:

    • Destiny Cobb of Norview High School, Norfolk received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship.  She will attend Emory and Henry College.
    • Erica Head of Northampton High School, Eastern Shore received the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship.  She will attend James Madison University.
    • Matthew Kirby of Indian River High School, Chesapeake received the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship.  He will attend the University of Virginia.
    • Harley Robertson of Maury High School, Norfolk received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.  She will attend the University of Virginia.
    • Juliette Wallace of Churchland High School, Portsmouth received the Sherman and Nancy Reece Scholarship.  She will attend Yale University.

A talent for design

Thirty-seven students entered the Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building.

The competition’s three judges were local architecture and building professionals. The 2016 competition winners are:

    • Dimitri Hankerson of  Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach won the $1,500 first-place award.
    • William Hutchins of Advanced Technology Center and Cox High School, Virginia Beach won the $1,000 second-place award.
    • Alexander Mach of Advanced Technology Center and Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach won the $750 third-place award.
    • Nathan Hacker of Advanced Technology Center and Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach won the $500 first honorable mention award.
    • Alex Shuflat Jr. of Landstown High School, Virginia Beach won the $250 second honorable mention award.
    • Instructor Cecelia Hess of Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach won the $1,000 school grant award.

Celebrating its 51st anniversary this year, the TBA Scholarship Foundation has awarded 474 scholarships and a total of $1.8 million since 1965. TBA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2016-17 academic year to 15 other past recipients.