Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Charlie Hawes, a senior at Lincoln High School, as the recipient of the 2019 Go Build Alabama January Student of the Month scholarship award.
Hawes plans to attend a technical school upon graduation and has a concentrated interest in welding.
“To me welding is an art with no end, and it will always be in existence,” said Hawes. “There is no job too small or too large. Welding has made such a difference in my life, and I know I will always have a job in a career I enjoy.”
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.
Hawes’ guidance counselor, Nicole Callahan, nominated him because of his work ethic and desire to become “a better welder every day.”
“Charlie is such a positive role model for students interested in the Gadsden State Community College Dual Enrollment program,” said Callahan. “He is in his second successful year in the career technical dual enrollment program and is very interested in pursuing a career in welding after high school and completing his certification.”
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.
About Go Build Alabama
ACRI launched the Go Build Alabama campaign in August of 2010 in an effort to prepare for the anticipated shortage as older tradesmen leave the workforce. One third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50. With their retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing enough young workers to replace those exiting the industry. The Go Build campaign aims to recruit the next generation of skilled construction trade workers. Visit GoBuildAlabama.com for more.