The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education thanks to scholarships announced by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).
Students from Michigan, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana have been named 2007 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship. The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, Va., highway contractors and their companies--Stan Lanford of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford with Adams Construction Company. Both men are past ARTBA chairmen.
More than 1,000 people--including more than 100 highway workers--are killed every year in roadway construction work-zone accidents. An additional 40,000 people are injured.
The 2007 ARTBA-TDF Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients are:
Carter Bundy, Flushing, Mich.
Carter’s father, Dennis Bundy, an employee of the Genesee County Road Commission, was killed in June 2006 while working on a highway survey project. Carter is pursuing a degree in economics and law at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
Nicole Rumley, Marilla, N.Y.
Nicole’s father, Thomas Rumley, was injured in an accident and permanently disabled while working for West Seneca, N.Y.-based ABC Paving/ERSC on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers LU17. Nicole is a sophomore studying French/Spanish at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lily Beth Parsons, Sandyville, W. Va.
Lily Beth’s father, Douglas Parsons, was killed in an accident while working for the West Virginia Department of Highways. Lily Beth attends the University of West Virginia in Morgantown and is studying to become a nurse.
William “Brandon” Rice, Centerville, Ind.
Brandon’s father, Willie Rice, Jr., was disabled in a 2002 accident while working for a local contractor, Atlas Excavating, located in West Lafayette, Ind. Brandon is attending Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and is studying to become a veterinarian.
Loria Wright, St. Louisville, Ohio
Loria’s father, Steven W. Wright, was killed last Christmas Eve while working for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Loria is attending DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. She is majoring electronic engineering and biomedical engineering.
The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program. Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Rhonda Britton at 202/289-4434. Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.