History of the HRUHCA Memorial College Scholarship Foundation

The HRUHCA Memorial College Scholarship Foundation was formed early in the history of HRUHCA, but the program gained significant momentum when HRUHCA member Allan Gibbs, owner of HRUHCA contractor member firm Orion Associates, began his tenure as Chairman in 1997 (Allan continues to lead the scholarship foundation as chairman).

Allan formally organized the program as a charitable foundation and actively solicited the initial funding that was the “investment base” upon which the program has depended on for the past eighteen years.

The scholarships are given in memory of industry friends, relatives, and loved ones. Those people who have been memorialized include: Sam Archbell, Harry Breakfield, Mike Corbin, W. Preston Fussell, Howard E. Gibbs, Dave Hawley, Cole S. Hilfiger, George Hunt, C. Roger Malbon, Dave McSweeney, Buggs Moran, Douglas W. Talbot, Clinton Teets, and Ruth and Elmer Womack.

Eligibility is available for any applicant who is a HRUHCA member, the employee of a HRUHCA member firm, or a child whose relative works for a HRUHCA member firm who will be enrolling in, or is currently attending a full-time academic or technical institution and studying a degree that will lead to employment in the utility and heavy construction industry.

The successful applicant(s) will be judged on a number of different criteria, including but not limited to: 1) Grades in high school/college/technical college; 2) Participation in extracurricular activities and community activities; 3) Interest in working the construction industry; and 4) Financial need.

The Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association (HRUHCA) Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code, is the official administrator of the scholarship program. All decisions made regarding the selected applicants are final and are made at the sole discretion of the foundation selection committee.

The HRUHCA Memorial Scholarship Fund depends entirely on the charitable contributions of our members.

Please click the link below to apply for our scholarship award:


Scholarship Application