Scholarship Program

 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Every year, RCA awards scholarships to America’s top students at universities throughout the United States in the Construction Management and Construction Sciences major programs.

RCA’s national scholarship program helps students to prosper with thanks to our members.

Qualifications

  • Be an undergraduate student of Construction Science, Construction Management, Building Construction, Construction Technology, or similar academic discipline at an accredited university or college

  • United States Citizen

  • Enrolled as a full-time student and enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (or equivalent quarter hours) during the time he/she is receiving scholarship assistance (Fall semester)

  • Demonstrate a declared interest in pursuing a career in commercial construction following graduation

  • Be in good standing when selected; good academic standing is defined as a 3.25 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall.

Application Process

In response to feedback from our members, RA restructured the scholarship program beginning with the 2019 cycle. Our goal is to develop relationships with schools with strong construction management programs, where RCA representatives can make scholarship and classroom presentations to educate students about opportunities in retail construction. We also want to ensure a geographically diverse pool of schools, in hopes of connecting these top students with our members across the country. Lastly, to make a greater impact, we increased our scholarship award from $1,500 to $3,000.

  • Beginning in 2019, a student from each of the following schools will be selected to receive a Retail Contractors Scholarship: Bowling Green State University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Kansas State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Purdue University, Pratt Institute, and Texas A&M University.

  • RCA will make contact with the school representatives in the late fall and ask them to select three top students to complete a scholarship application. Those applications will be due by January 31 of each year. 
  • The RCA Scholarship Committee will review and score the applications received and select the top candidate from each school to receive an award. We expect scholarship decisions to be made by February 28 of each year, with scholarship checks for the fall semester being sent to schools by April 30 of each year. 

INTERN SCHOLARSHIP

RCA's Intern Scholarship provides a $1,500 scholarship to a student who completed an internship at one of the RCA member companies.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete at least a two-month internship with a current RCA member company, between January 1-December 31 of the prior year (e.g., the 2019 award is given to a student who interned in 2018)
  • Be an undergraduate student of Construction Science, Construction Management, Building Construction, Construction Technology, or similar academic discipline at an accredited university or college.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student and enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (or equivalent quarter hours) during the time scholarship assistance is received (spring semester).
  • Be in good standing when selected; good academic standing is defined as a 3.25 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Interns may receive the award one time only.

Process for Nomination

 Required Supporting Materials

  • Résumé
  • Most recent college transcript (can be an unofficial transcript)
  • Brief Statement from nominee on what this scholarship means to him/her

Timeline

  • Recipient will be notified by February 28
  • Award check, payable directly to the college/university, will be sent by April 30

CONTRIBUTIONS

The Scholarship Program only accepts contributions from RCA members. Contributions can be at any time and are recognized in our newsletter and website.

RCA welcomes contributions from members in support of the scholarship program. Click here to make a contribution online. If you need an invoice,  contact the RCA office at 800-847-5085 or email at [email protected].

RCA is a 501(c)6 organization. Contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deductible as a business expense. Check with your financial advisor/accountant.