Raising Funds and Building Hope

Filed in Councils & Committees, NAHB Cares by on September 20, 2018 0 Comments

The NAHB Federation continues to celebrate Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week, sponsored by 84 Lumber, with today’s post focusing on how PWB raises funds to help more women enter the field.

When the PWB Council’s first president, Hope Bettilyon, created the original PWB scholarship in 1955, her goal was simple: Collect $1 from each member to begin the tradition of an annual $1,000 scholarship.

Today, the PWB’s Building Hope Scholarships are awarded annually to state and local PWB chapters that participate in the council’s annual award programs and membership competitions.

PWB scholarship recipient

PWB Council Scholarship Trustee Mary Ann Lopez Drake, HBA of Greater Southwest Illinois, presents a scholarship to high school student Melissa Crosby.

In the past five years, the NAHB PWB Council has awarded $46,725 to high school and college students pursuing education and careers within the building industry.

This year the PWB Council kicked off an ambitious fundraising campaign, with the goal to raise $50,000 for the Building Hope Scholarship over three years. To meet this goal, the council is asking all NAHB members to contribute $25 to the scholarship. Contributions can be made at nahb.org/buildinghope.

Winning councils use these scholarships to support the educations of current and future members of the industry — allocating money to select scholarship recipients, schools and training programs.

Councils and individuals can apply for awards that recognize and honor excellence in areas such as community service programs, membership recruitment and retention projects, legislative participation, and individual leadership within the industry.

More than 60 years later, the scholarship fund is a tribute to the leadership and perseverance of Bettilyon, who believed women deserved a seat at the table, on the construction site and in the Federation’s leadership.

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