Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected New Hope High School senior Tyler Williams as the recipient of the February Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
When Williams is not in the agriscience shop, he enjoys metal fabrication, agricultural science, construction framing and residential wiring. He also sets aside time for extracurricular activities including archery.
After graduating in May of 2018, Williams plans to attend Southern Union College to pursue a certification in all forms of welding.
“Tyler ignited his passion for welding in our agriscience shop,” said Daniel Spears, agriscience teacher at New Hope High School. “He spearheaded the development of our after-school welding program that has seen 15 students participate in our class.”
Williams is a hands-on person and thoroughly enjoys the outdoors.
“I like working with my hands,” said Williams. “I could not see myself sitting inside of an office all day.”
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 training 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.