ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Six students planning to start or continue their college education in the Fall 2024 semester have each received a $5,000 scholarship from the SITE Advancement Foundation to help further their education. High school graduates, college, and trade school students with a parent employed by one of the 250 SITE Improvement Association member companies are eligible to receive these scholarships, which are based on each student’s academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need.

“Assisting these students in their quest for educational advancement is part of the SITE Improvement Association’s broader commitment to advance workforce and economic development initiatives that were recognized by the Knowledge Lab Award we received from the St. Louis Construction Forum,” said Jeremy Bennett, executive director of the SITE Improvement Association. “These scholarships will help students gain the education and the connections they need to pursue their careers in whatever field they choose and be successful.”

The scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions from SITE Improvement Association member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $430,000 in college and trade school scholarships over the past 24 years.

“When applying for our scholarships, students learn about the economic impact of construction, the benefits of their parents working in the construction industry and learning about themselves as they dig deep and write about their future ambitions,” Bennett added. “Just as SITE advances the industry through its investment in infrastructure initiatives, leadership training and premier events, our past scholarship recipients have found ways of giving back and promoting our industry, especially as they grow into various leadership roles. Plus, they can drive around town and say, ‘Yeah, my Dad or Mom helped build that.’ I want to thank our Foundation, the Scholarship Committee and members of SITE for their generosity in responding to the needs of our scholarship recipients and advancing our mission.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

Faith Beckmann (St. Peters, Mo.) – Sponsored by Nor-Vel Grading & Excavating, LLC, Beckmann is finishing up her sophomore year at Westminster College, where she is studying history and museum studies. She serves as the student assistant for the Westminster College Archives in Reeves Library and is also employed as a seasonal interpreter and tour guide at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. Beckmann has previously received scholarships from the SITE Advancement Foundation in 2022 and 2023.

Katrina Boyster (Barnhart, Mo.) – Sponsored by Concrete Strategies, LLC, Boyster is graduating from Windsor High School this year. She plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to study civil engineering and follow her father’s footsteps. Katrina received the Windsor Way Award for her admirable qualities of respect, integrity, leadership, kindness, responsibility and cooperation.

Angelina Casey (Kirkwood, Mo.) – Sponsored by Castle Contracting, LLC, Casey is graduating from Kirkwood High School and plans to study general education at St. Louis Community College. An accomplished violinist and violin teacher, she plans to eventually attend Berklee College of Music to finish her bachelor’s degree in music theory.

Hunter Hathaway (Arnold, Mo.) – Sponsored by McConnell & Associates Corporation, Hathaway is a sophomore studying physical therapy at St. Louis University. Hunter’s participation in high school sports led to his desire to become a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. This is the second year Hathaway has received a SITE Advancement Foundation scholarship.

Mason Neal (Wentzville, Mo.) – Sponsored by Kuesel Excavating Co., Neal is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi. He is studying mathematics and pursuing a career in intelligence. He has spent the last year studying as part of Ole Miss’s highly exclusive Intelligence and Security Studies program. He hopes to obtain an internship with one of America’s intelligence agencies, preferably NGA or NSA. Mason also received scholarships from SITE Advancement Foundation in 2022 and 2023.

Xavier Phillips (Webster Groves, Mo.) – Sponsored by Bates Utility Company, Inc., Phillips is graduating from Webster Groves High School and plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to study engineering management. Phillips has strengths in both math and science and is interested in the problem-solving aspect of environmental engineering.