Tarrytown, NY (PRWEB) September 7, 2010
A leading non-profit advocacy group that works to improve construction industry activities in the region awarded six college scholarships at an awards luncheon recently. Each student received a $3,000 grant for undergraduate studies, announced Vincent Colletti, chairman of the organization, the Construction Advancement Institute.
The CAI developed this program to encourage students to pursue careers in public works and civil construction, to strengthen the depth of the workforce of the future, Mr. Colletti explained. “The construction industry has always been dependent upon new blood joining the workforce, with new ideas, enthusiasm and vision. We want to continue that tradition and encourage that process which will benefit public works as well as private-sector construction and building.”
The winners of the 2010 CAI Scholarships are:
- Molly Rooney, 18, of Patchogue, NY, who will attend Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. Ms. Rooney plans to pursue a degree in Engineering. Ms. Rooney is the niece of Howard Roland of E. W. Howell, a general contractor and construction management firm on Long Island;
- Joseph Piazza, 19, of South Salem, NY, who will attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Mr. Piazza plans to pursue a degree in Engineering and is the son of Nick Piazza of Piazza Brothers, Inc., a general contracting company based in Valhalla, NY in Westchester;
- Justin Lundy, 18, of Wallkill, NY, who will attend Boston University in Boston. Mr. Lundy plans to pursue a degree in Engineering. He is the son of Michael Lundy of the Carpenters Local Union 11 of Hawthorne, NY. L.U. 11 members primarily serve the building and construction market in Westchester and Putnam counties;
- Eric Lorenz, 18, of Briarcliff Manor, NY will attend the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Lorenz plans to pursue a degree in Biochemical Engineering & Applied Mathematics. He is the son of Joseph Lorenz of the Carpenters Local Union 11 of Hawthorne, NY, which serves the building and construction market in Westchester and Putnam counties;
- Lia Ferri, 21, of Cortlandt Manor, NY will be a junior at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Ms. Ferri is continuing to pursue her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in economics. Ms. Ferri is the daughter of Angelo Ferri of Rok-Built Construction Inc. of Yorktown Heights in Westchester;
- Danielle Ferri, 18, of Cortlandt Manor, NY, will attend Villanova University near Philadelphia. Ms. Ferri plans to pursue a degree in Mathematics. Ms. Ferri is the daughter of Angelo Ferri of Rok-Built Construction Inc. of Yorktown Heights in Westchester.
To be eligible for college scholarship consideration, students must be closely related to someone who is an employee of a company that contributes to the Construction Industry Advancement of Westchester & the Mid-Hudson Region, or be a child of a union member that participates in the Industry Advancement Program. These organizations represent more than 125 companies and more than 15,000 workers who are employees of companies or members of Carpenters Local 11 of Hawthorne, NY, Operating Engineers Local No. 137 of Briarcliff Manor, NY, Laborers Local 235 of Elmsford, NY and Bricklayers Local No. 5 of Newburgh, NY.
For more information about the Construction Advancement Institute Scholarship program, contact Laurel Brunelle at (914) 631-6070 or visit the CAI’s website at http://www.caiwestchester.org.