AGC of East Tennessee Scholarships

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Note: We will resume offering scholarships for the Spring 2018 semester. Please check back from time to time, on this web page, for more information related to Spring 2018 scholarship opportunities.

The mission of the AGC of East Tennessee (AGC) is to promote the strengths and protect the interests of our members, including improving the economic conditions in the construction industry, expanding the use of cutting edge technologies and practices through education, and providing support by advocating for sound public policy.  Under the guidance of Ron Tanner, then Chairman of AGC of East Tennessee and Chairman of the AGC of America Workforce Development Committee, the emerging shortage of a skilled construction industry workforce began being addressed for our region. The time and monetary commitment of AGC members, created the two-time National Award Winning Construction Career Academy at East Ridge High School. The desire for knowledge exhibited by the students was realized and led to the creation of Building and Construction Institute of the Southeast (BCIS) at Chattanooga State Community College. The success generated at Chattanooga State by offering two new construction- related Associates Degree programs in Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technology led AGC to commit to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), $150,000 in December 2007, to develop a 4 year Construction Management degree program. In 2013, UTC began offering a graduate degree in Construction Management.

The effect of these programs is providing a skilled workforce to our local construction industry. Since 2006, when the scholarship program began, AGC has awarded support to 137 students in excess of $550,000. While most students have attended local colleges and universities, some students have received awards as far away as New Orleans. Graduating students, with either an Associates of Applied Science, Bachelors of Science or a Master’s degree in Construction Management, are guiding the industry forward to a brighter future with a professional skilled workforce.

Pictured above are some previous AGC scholarship students. From left to right: Roger Tuder and Carol Pond, AGC staff; Dr. Ed McMahon and Dr. Neslihan Alp, UTC; Bill Batey, scholarship recipient; Dewayne Gentry, AGC Board member; Zach Bell and Ethan Prow, scholarship recipients; Tom Hutto, AGC staff; Tabitha Roden, scholarship recipient; Cathy Stone, AGC staff; Jimmy Lail, AGC Vice Chairman; Scott Turk and Heath Slaten, scholarship recipients; Dan Wood, Chattanooga State; Paxton Pelfrey, scholarship recipient; John Straussberger, AGC Chairman; and Daniel Rakes, scholarship recipient. We congratulate the recipients for their success.


We extend a special thank you to our local high schools, colleges and universities for their efforts in bringing fruition to the curriculum designed to provide a future to those pursuing a degree in Construction Management. Students interested in applying for scholarship should monitor the AGC of East Tennessee website, www.agcetn.org.