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March 30, 2006
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Tidewater Builders Association awards $60,000 in scholarships
2006 Scholarship Winners
Front row: Korinda Rusinyak. Second row: Joseph Ianni; Drew Carpenter; Robert Russel and She'Anna McCloud. Third Row: Hannah Grace Tajo; Tidewater Builders Association President John E. Olivieri. Fourth Row: Kayla Diggs; Harry Lea; Ausean Williams. Fifth row: Brent Noll; Bevin Brady; Ranita Turner; Zachary Zinn. Back row: Brian LeNeave and Naomi Hunter. Not pictured: Mary Burton.

Sixteen local high school students, along with two schools, were awarded a total of $60,000 in scholarship funds from the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 8 at TowneBank in downtown Norfolk.

TBA’s scholarship program, which is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, is two-pronged. Ten academic scholarships were awarded based on academic excellence, community service and financial need; and six awards, including two to high schools, were presented in the Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition.

Additionally this year, the Scholarship Foundation awarded $25,000 to the TBA Building Trades Academy, a training program for economically-disadvantaged people interested in learning a trade in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, heating and air conditioning, or apartment maintenance.

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

  • Mary A. Burton, a graduate of Deep Creek High School, Chesapeake, plans to study psychology at Old Dominion University.
  • Kayla G. Diggs, a graduate of Nansemond River High School, Suffolk, plans to study biology in the pre-med program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Naomi L. Hunter, a graduate of Granby High School, Norfolk, won the Lee Gifford Scholarship and plans to study biology at Old Dominion University.
  • Harry R. Lea, a graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, plans to study biological sciences at Old Dominion University.
  • She’Anna R. McCloud, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, won the John Aragona Scholarship and plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Brent C. Noll, a graduate of Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, plans to study physics at Randolph Macon College
  • Korinda N. Rusinyak, a graduate of Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, won the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship and plans to study education at Virginia Wesleyan College.
  • Hannah Grace Tajo, a graduate of Salem High School, Virginia Beach, plans to study finance at the University of Virginia.
  • Ranita P. Turner, a graduate of Granby High School, Norfolk, plans to study political science at George Mason University.
  • Ausean L. Williams, a graduate of Norview High School, Norfolk, won the Howard M. & Nancye C. Weisberg Scholarship and plans to study music education at Radford University.

The TBA scholarship recipients were selected in May by a nine-member selection committee that spent four weeks reviewing just under 200 applications.

A talent for design
In a competition befitting a builders association, entrants in the 2006 Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition were asked to design and draw homes in one of two categories: hand-drawn or computer-aided design. The criteria for this year’s entries was to design a 3,000-square-foot home on a one-acre lot with a water feature. A $1,500 first-place scholarship, $1,000 second-place scholarship and $500 third-place scholarship were awarded in each category. The competition’s five judges were local architect and building professionals.

The CAD winners are:

  • Brian LeNeave, of Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,500 first-place award.
  • Drew Carpenter, of Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,000 second-place award.
  • Zachary Zinn, of Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, won the $500 third-place award.

The hand-drawn winners are:

  • Joseph Ianni, of Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,500 first-place award.
  • Robert Russel, of First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,000 second-place award.
  • Bevin Brady, of Western Branch High School, Chesapeake, won the $500 third-place award.

A $3,000 grant went to Western Branch High School, Chesapeake, for having the most entries, with 20, and Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, won the $1,000 second-place grant for its 19 entries. The grants, which can be used to purchase equipment or supplies for the winning school’s drafting/design program, are meant to increase interest in the design competition.

A tradition of giving
Since 1965, the TBA Scholarship Foundation has provided more than $1 million in financial assistance to 338 students. TBA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2006-2007 academic year to 30 other past recipients.

 



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