Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected DeKalb County Technology senior Anna Daniels as the recipient of the March Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
Daniels is a member of Skills USA and a part of the dual enrollment program. On the weekends, she participates in welding competitions.
“Daniels has become the first female in the state of Alabama to pass a 100% X-Ray tested pipe certification at the high school level,” said Russell McFall, Daniels’ welding instructor. “She has also placed in every welding competition she has competed in. She received two 1st place, one 2nd place and two 3rd place finishes out of five total contests. She has a passion for welding and proof of an excellent work ethic.”
After graduation, Daniels plans to further her education by pursuing an associates degree in welding.
“There are a lot of opportunities in skilled trades,” said Daniels. “I enjoy working with my hands.”
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.