The ACPA Foundation Scholarship Application for the new $2,500 Besser Company Pipe Industry College Scholarship is now available on both the Besser Company and ACPA’s websites; applications are due by 1 February 2017. The employee-owners of Besser Company initiated this scholarship earlier this year in recognition of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s (ACPA) annual National Concrete Pipe week.
Established with the ACPA Foundation, the college scholarship will be awarded to a student whose course of study is related to concrete pipe production, application/installation, or research. “We’re excited to be taking the lead in addressing the ongoing need for providing a steady stream of young talent to our industry by offering this scholarship,” related Kevin Curtis, President & CEO of Besser. The selection committee will review applications in March and award the scholarship in April 2017.
“The Besser Scholarship also serves as a tribute to our predecessors, Jesse Besser, Jon Dannenberg, Joe Pelchat, and countless others who embraced training and education as pillars of our business,” shared Ryan Suszek, Director of Pipe and Precast. He continued, “Through their foresight, ingenuity, dedication, and leadership we’ve earned an industry-wide reputation for providing impactful training during Pipe Schools held in Sioux City, Iowa, onsite courses in producers’ facilities, and as part of ACPA’s annual short course.” Annually, Besser staff trains and educates hundreds of industry members about the production of concrete pipe, including mix design, machine operation and maintenance, and curing.
“The newly created Besser Scholarship is another demonstration of our long-term commitment to the concrete pipe industry,” commented Gary Ericson, Director of Sales – Pipe and Precast and an ACPA Board Member. ACPA members interested in creating a scholarship or posting a link to the Besser scholarship on their website can contact ACPA for assistance.