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The New River Valley Home Builders Association is delighted to announce the recipients of the annual Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship.

The mission of the NRVHBA Scholarship Committee is to support the future growth of the construction industry by providing assistance to deserving students who are considering enrolling in construction-related studies at colleges, schools of Virginia trades and internships.

The NRVHBA invites applications from high school seniors in Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski, Floyd, Wythe and Carroll counties, as well as the cities of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and the town of Radford.

This year, the NRVHBA is proud to announce two recipients of this annual scholarship: Caleb Johnston, of Christiansburg; and Caleb Midkiff of Pulaski. Although many outstanding applications were received, Johnston and Midkiff had the educational, extracurricular and professional experience pushing them to the top of the group.

Johnston graduated from Christiansburg High School with an impressive list of volunteer, extracurricular, and professional experiences, including volunteering for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, leadership in FFA, and working as a laborer for a local excavation company. An interest in building things, the outdoors, manual labor, and studying math and science led him to apply to attend Virginia Tech this fall, majoring in engineering and construction management. After graduation, he looks forward to staying in the NRV and giving back to the community.

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Midkiff graduated from Pulaski County High School. He was a member of the Honor Society, the Dean’s List and the baseball team, while working for a local lawn care company. His grandfather was an electrician, which led him to want to pursue a career as an HVAC technician and electrician and to start his studies at New River Community College this fall. He looks forward to staying in the New River Valley, working in residential construction and becoming a highly skilled professional.

Fellowship namesake Rick Whitney came to the New River Valley area in 1997 and was employed as Vice President of Construction for SAS Construction LLC. In addition to his work, he became an avid member of the Home Builders Association, serving as Director of Builders in 1997, Vice President in 1998 and President in 1999. As a father, Rick recognized the importance of education for young people. To encourage others to pursue their dreams, this scholarship was created to honor his many accomplishments.

The NRVHBA looks forward to this year’s recipients becoming future members of the community’s building industry and wishes them well in their educational and professional endeavors.

– Submitted by Kelsey Grow

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