< Back to Newsroom

Gardendale-Area Senior Honored as October Student of the Month

October 26, 2017

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has named Grayson Phillips the October recipient of the Go Build Student of the Month scholarship award.

Phillips is currently dual enrolled at Wallace State Community College with a concentration in welding. He is already on track to receive his Welding Certificate and plans to earn an associate degree with the goal of becoming a lead man in the field.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked building things with my hands,” Phillips said. “I’ve never let being in a wheelchair keep me from working hard. Where there is a will there is a way, and I have the will to work.”

An active member in the community, Phillips is an Eagle Scout, plays for the Lakeshore Foundation wheelchair basketball team and even founded a nonprofit: The Outdoor Ability Foundation.

Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month scholarship is given to one high school junior or senior every month during the school year by the ACRI. It is designed to support students who pursue careers in the construction industry, a field that offers a wide variety of rewarding career paths.

Upon graduation, recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education at an Alabama institution of higher education. Scholarships are made possible through proceeds from the Big Dog Poker Run, an annual motorcycle benefit ride organized by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel.

Teachers, principals, and other school personnel are encouraged to nominate students for our monthly Go Build Alabama Student of the Month award. To be eligible, students must be high school juniors or seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in construction. They must also be enrolled in, or have been enrolled in, technical courses related to the skilled trades, or have plans to continue their education in the construction industry after graduating high school.

Visit www.gobuildalabama.com to download a nomination form.