Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Pinson Valley High School junior Justin Burgess as the recipient of the September Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
Burgess has excelled in the industrial maintenance program at Pinson Valley, earning multiple trade credentials and passing all four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) exams before entering his junior year.
“I am impressed by Justin’s progression in the program,” said Lensey King, industrial maintenance instructor. “In addition to his course achievements, Justin has already begun his higher education journey at Jefferson State Community College while simultaneously working.”
As an active member in Skills USA, Justin won a state gold medal in engineering technology and design.
“I’ve always enjoyed designing and building things, and I plan to continue my college education and get a job in the field,” said Burgess.
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.