A Word from SWR Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Foundation (SWR Foundation) was established in 1999 for the purpose to provide educational scholarships to assist and encourage students in pursuing careers in the sealant, waterproofing and restoration industry.

The SWR Foundation board awarded four scholarships during their board meeting in July.  Hear what three of these recipients had to say about receiving these scholarships.  
 
Brandon Wall – Brigham Young University
By receiving this scholarship, will it further your interest in the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry?
Sealants and waterproofing agents aren’t the first things that come to mind when people think of the most important components of a building. I’m interning with a company right now and the discussions we’ve had about waterproofing, the details I’ve reviewed in plans, and the sealant submittals I’ve verified have helped me realize – this is important stuff! Just a little failure in a drip edge, or an incorrect joint between materials can cause costly damage to a structure. I’m very interested in the promotion of sustainable building methods and materials; with this scholarship I hope to work with product development in sealants and other waterproofing materials.
 
Financially, how much is this grant helping you out?  Do you work in addition to school and need the money for your tuition?
I have covered all the costs of my education since I started college. I work the night shift while taking a full-time course load; these scholarships make it possible to spend more time studying and participating in meaningful educational experiences than I would otherwise have.
 
At this point, would you consider a job full time in the construction industry?
Well, I’d love to work full-time during school with a construction related company – but most of them aren’t running office hours until 2am. I’m looking for an internship this upcoming summer with a great company emphasizing innovation, design/build and sustainability. I would hope that internship could become a full-time position after I graduate.
 
Is there anything that the scholarship has helped you to do that without it you wouldn’t have been able to?
One thing I hope to do is study abroad in the Dominican Republic or another developing country. They need exposure to the knowledge that we have here in the US about sustainable construction. I don’t just mean “green” construction, but also lasting and durable construction. I would enjoy teaching and working with these people and helping improve their lives.
 
Michah Sexton – Colorado State University
By receiving this scholarship for a fifth time, how will it further your interest even more in the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry?
As I enter my last year of undergraduate studies, I am looking more closely at my career opportunities.   I see the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry as a very viable avenue through which I can take full advantage of using my education and skills to benefit the communities in which I live.  SWR has supported me in so many ways through my college years, and I am very motivated to pursue every prospect that I can within this group of professionals.
 
Financially, how much has this grant helped you out?  Do you still need to work in addition to school and need the money for your tuition?
This funding has helped immensely. Though my architectural major is very demanding, I still work as many hours as I can through work study jobs as well as my internship at my university.  I continue to apply for scholarships and have had to get loans as well. I greatly appreciate the SWR Scholarship!
 
At this point, would you still consider a job full time in the construction industry?
I will definitely pursue a full time job in the construction industry.  As I learn more and more in my field, I am all the more eager to start my career.  I am looking forward to it in every way. 
 
Is there anything by receiving this scholarship again has helped you to do that without it you wouldn’t have been able to?
I have had to take out fewer loans because of SWR’s Scholarship.  It has relieved stress knowing that I will not have as much to pay off when I am out of school.  I am able to focus on my education more and reap the full benefits of my coursework. Just realizing that your organization cares about me as an incoming professional gives me a lot of moral support, and I am very grateful.
 
Anything else you would like to tell the industry?
I would like to be considered by your members for a future job. I am currently very involved as Vice President of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at Colorado State University, continuing to home in my skills, and believe that I would be an asset to your members.
 
Craig Bitten – Rutgers University
By receiving this scholarship for a second time, how will it further your interest even more in the sealant, waterproofing, and restoration industry?
I have always been interested in the industry because it has supported our family for so long, and this scholarship allows me to research more about a possible career in the restoration industry.
 
Financially, how much has this grant helped you out?  Do you still need to work in addition to school and need the money for your tuition?
By receiving this scholarship grant it has helped me out considerably.
I still hold two part-time jobs while not in school; however by receiving this grant it really makes me feel that I am contributing towards my education.
 
At this point, would you still consider a job full time in the construction industry?
The construction industry is very interesting to me and I will leave it open as an option as I further my education.
 
Is there anything by receiving this scholarship again has helped you to do that without it you wouldn’t have been able to?
By receiving this scholarship for a second time it makes me realize there are organizations out there that really do care about the future and they want to make an investment in the young people, since we are the future.
 
Anything else you would like to tell the industry?
I would just like to say Thank You to the SWR Foundation for giving back and caring about young people and their education.
 
 
 
 
 
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