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BCA Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Rebekah Fortman
Rebekah Fortman
Jocelyn Connelley
Jocelyn Connelley
Taryn Wilson
Taryn Wilson
Reece Davies
Reece Davies
FORT WAYNE, IN – The Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) proudly announces winners of the 2023 Presidential Merit Scholarships and Michael H. Kinder Jr. Memorial Scholarships. These programs were created to recognize significant accomplishments and reward worthy students in furthering their education in construction-related college degree programs. The recipients of the two $2,500 Presidential Merit Scholarships are Rebekah Fortman and Taryn Wilson. The recipients of the two $2,500 Michael H. Kinder Jr. Memorial Scholarships are Jocelyn Connelley and Reece Davies.

Fortman is a 2023 graduate of New Haven High School. She plans to attend Ball State, pursuing an architectural degree. Fortman is an intern with Moake Park. She aspires to be an architect because of their extensive impact on the community. She wants people to realize the beauty that goes into creating a structure and the significance behind architects in our society.

Wilson is in her third year at Ball State, majoring in Architecture with a minor in Interior Design. She is employed by Elevatus Architecture. In her position, she was able to be involved with the Electric Works project and found it encouraging to be part of such a community-based project. In her career, she hopes to take on many more projects like that one, reutilizing an old building and turning it into a small community of itself.

Connelley has completed one year at Indiana State in the Construction Management program. She is employed by Brooks Construction as a Project Manager. Directly after high school, she got a job as a laborer and started her journey into a leadership role. She works to excel in the industry by going above and beyond to help others and earn the respect of those around her.

Davies is a junior in the Construction Engineering program at Purdue Fort Wayne. He is employed by API Construction. He aspires to move up in the ranks there, with plans to own the company eventually. Over time, he aims to become a “master” at every role, from general labor to owner. While Davies appreciates what he has learned through his college education, he is proud of what he’s learned so far at API.

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