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MBA and CAP award scholarships to Pitt Civil Engineering students


PITTSBURGH  (January 23, 2013) ... The Master Builders' Association (MBA) and the Construction Advancement Program (CAP) awarded two scholarships this year at the MBA's Annual Membership Meeting. The two scholarship awardees were Natalie Celmo, who received a $5,000 scholarship, and Anthony Lester, who received a $2,500 scholarship. Both students are enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering's Construction Management/Civil Engineering Program.

Providing annual scholarships to students in the University of Pittsburgh's Engineering Department is something near and dear to the MBA & CAP. In the early 1990's CAP responded to an inquiry from Pitt's Engineering Department to do a needs assessment of the construction community so that Pitt could expand its engineering studies into areas that would improve the skills and the marketability of its graduates. The CAP Board of Trustees worked with university faculty to help set goals for what is now the Pitt Construction Management Program.

Since the MBA & CAP teamed to provide annual scholarships in 1998, over $100,000 in scholarships have been provided. This year's recipients were honored at the 2013 MBA Annual Membership Meeting, held on Friday, January 18, at the Duquesne Club. 

About CAP: The Construction Advancement Program is a service organization established in 1961 via the collective bargaining agreements between the MBA and the various building trades unions. The primary function of CAP is to provide services benefiting all persons, management and labor alike, who earn their living in union construction.

About the MBA: Since 1886, the Master Builders' Association has set the standard in Western PA for construction excellence by investing in a skilled workforce, implementing award-winning safety programs and offering the best in management expertise. The MBA is the Western PA Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. For more information on the MBA, please visit  www.mbawpa.org .


Contact: Paul Kovach