ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has awarded a record $82,000 in scholarships to 30 students across the Midwest.

Included in the 2024 scholarship class are eight trade apprentices, seven graduating high school seniors and 15 college/university students.

“These students represent the future of our industry,” said Leonard Toenjes, AGCMO president. “From future engineers and project managers, to carpenters, laborers and other skilled trades, these scholarship recipients are all planning to pursue careers in the construction industry. I am so very proud of our members who contributed and held numerous events throughout the year to raise the money to help support these students, nearly doubling the amount AGCMO awarded last year.”

In 2023, ACGMO awarded $47,000 to 36 students. Since 2018, AGCMO has supported a total of $411,000 in scholarships.

Students receiving 2024 scholarships supported by the Young Executives Club and Construction Leadership Council include:

Brady Murr, Macon, Mo. – $4,500 – Aaron Loehr YEC Memorial Scholarship – University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Blake Murr, Macon, Mo. – $4,000 – Young Executives Club Scholarship – University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Clarrah Bell, Marceline, Mo. – $4,500 – Oliver J. Coulson CLC Memorial Scholarship

Missouri University of Science & Technology, civil engineering/architectural

Isaac Bassler, Bloomsdale, Mo. – $4,000 – Mike Smalley CLC Memorial Scholarship – attends Valle Catholic High School in St. Genevieve, Mo. – will study civil engineering/technology

High school students, supported by the AGCMO Education Foundation and each awarded $2,500 scholarships for the coming school year include:

Audrey Klatt, Russellville, Mo. – Cole County-1R in Russellville – civil engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

Seth Wolfe, Linn, Mo. – Osage County, R-2 in Linn, MO – electrical distribution systems, State Technical College of Missouri

Ava Harper, Hazelwood, Mo. – Hazelwood West High School – civil and construction management, Southern Illinois State University

Sam Meyer, St. Louis, Mo. – Lindbergh High School – construction management, Missouri State University

Noah Wilson, Marthasville, Mo. – St. Francis Borgia High School (Washington, Mo.) – construction management, Missouri State University

Katrina Boyster, Barnhart, Mo. – Windsor High School (Imperial, Mo.) – civil engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Apprentices awarded $2,500 scholarships from the AGCMO Education Foundation, include:

James Ray, St. Louis, Mo. – Ironworkers Local #396

Gracee Smith, Halfway, Mo. – Eagle Welding Academy

Memphis Batts, Mexico, Mo. – State Fair Community College – welding

Montrae Wade, St. Louis, Mo. – $2,500 – Vivian Martain Scholarship – construction industry apprenticeship

Raine McDevitt, St. Louis, Mo. – Local #18, Tile, Marble and Terrazzo – tile finishing

Ashleigh Langford, Ellisville, Mo. – Carpenters’ Union

Marshall Parsons, Festus, Mo. – Laborers’ Union

Isaac Gentges, Bonnots Mill, Mo. – Carpenters’ Union

“Our industry, like so many others, faces a critical shortage of trained workers,” added Toenjes. “The good news is that perceptions about construction careers are changing. The public is beginning to understand what we’ve known for years – that construction offers tremendous career opportunities for skilled trades, with excellent pay and benefits and opportunities for growth.

“As part of our strategic plan, Build My Future events across the state have played an important role in educating large numbers of high school students as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors about our industry,” he said. “This spring we supported and participated in Build My Future events in both Springfield (Mar. 27) and St. Charles (April 24-25). We’ve also expanded our geographic footprint as the major sponsor/organizer of five additional Build My Future events planned this fall in Macon (Sept. 18); St. Louis (Sept. 25); Cape Girardeau (Oct. 8); Jefferson City (Oct. 16); and Bethany (Oct. 23).

“These full-day events are filled with ‘hands-on’ demonstrations, construction equipment, technology and career information. The students seem to especially enjoy the opportunity to talk one-on-one with workers and company owners about various career paths,” Toenjes said.

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGCMO is comprised of 525-plus commercial, industrial, highway, transportation and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield.