The NAHB Student Chapters Awards Program recognizes the achievements and dedication of our student members, faculty advisors and local HBA members to their community, industry and NAHB.
NAHB honors outstanding chapters and members every year in a ceremony held in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show.
View the 2020 Award Ceremony Results and learn more below.
The NAHB Student Chapters program recognizes an individual or organization each year for their exemplary service to the program and their commitment to construction education.
Distinguished Service Award Winners
- 2019: Herb V. Kohler Jr., Executive Chairman, Kohler Company
- 2018: Eric Holt, Ph.D., CAPS, CGP, University of Denver
- 2017: NAHB Professional Women in Building
- 2016: NAHB Student Competition volunteer judges who have served over five years: Chris Edwards, Jim Gronski, Tom Hyde, Kevin Procaccino, and Dave Yelovich
- 2015: Bruce Silver, National Housing Endowment
- 2014: The NAHB Leading Suppliers Council
The Dedicated Service Award was founded in 2019 to honor individuals who have shown exemplary service and years of dedication to NAHB Student Chapters, the Student Chapters Advisory Board, and construction education in general.
Dedicated Service Award Winners
- 2019: Brian Blaylock, Brigham Young University – Idaho
This award recognizes an NAHB builder member serving on the Construction Management Industry Advisory Board at a university/college. Student and industry relations is a vital part of the student’s educational experience through field trips, guest speakers, internships and the industry helping to shape classroom curriculum.
Scott Wentz, (right) is awarded the 2019 Industry Advisory Board Member of the Year at the 2020 Student Chapters Awards Ceremony for his work with North Carolina A&T State University.
Industry Advisory Board Member of the Year Winners
- 2019: Scott Wentz, Executive Partner, True Homes and North Carolina A&T State University
- 2018: Alan Scott, Alan F. Scott, Inc. Development Co. and Michigan State University
- 2017: Tim Ruth, McCreedy Ruth Construction and Kirkwood Community College
- 2016: Karen Schroeder, Michigan State University
- 2015: Stan Poff, University of Nebraska at Kearney
- 2014: David Hacker, University of North Florida
Membership Drive Competition
NAHB Student Chapters launched a new membership competition in Fall 2018 for secondary and post-secondary student chapters.
Awards were presented to the student chapters that signed up the most new members and had the greatest percentage increase in new members.
Membership Drive Competition Winners
- Most New Members Added: Brigham Young University – Idaho and Cumberland Perry AVTS (Pennsylvania)
- Highest Percentage Increase in New Members: Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) and Gwinn High School (Michigan)
- Most New Members Added: Berks Career & Technology Center (Pennsylvania) and North Dakota State University
- Highest Percentage Increase in New Members: Stafford High School (Virginia) and Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
This award recognizes an involved NAHB member or HBA staff member who mentors students, assists with curriculum reviews to make sure it is relevant and reflects industry standards, plans guest speaker events and field trips, informs school of knowledge and skills employers are looking for in the community, and informs school of industry trends.
- 2019: Sarah Schultz, EO, HBA of the Upper Peninsula (Michigan)
- 2017: Trevor Readdick, Readdick Construction and Camden County High School
- 2016: Eric Santini, Rockville High School (Connecticut)
- 2015: Berks County Career and Technology Center
This prestigious award recognizes high teaching standards in construction education. Educators are honored for their voluntary extracurricular activities and activities with the local construction industry, as well as their construction experience and professional activities. Nominations are made by fellow faculty members, students, construction professionals, or by a local HBA.
Susan Bogus Halter, PhD, PE (left) of University of New Mexico and Molly Smith of California State University – Fresno receive their 2019 Outstanding Educator Awards at the 2020 Student Chapters Awards Ceremony.
Outstanding Educator Award Winners
- 2019: Susan Bogus Halter, PhD, PE, University of New Mexico
- 2018: Scott Kelting, Ph.D., CAPS, CGP, LEED AP, Cal Poly and Joe Greathouse, Kirkwood Community College (Iowa)
- 2017: Brian Capt, Brigham Young University and Carlos G. Jones Jr., Camden County High School
- 2016: Dr. Ben Bigelow, Texas A&M University
- 2015: Ken Bertolini, South Dakota State University and Norman Takeya, Honolulu Community College
- 2014: Dr. Nathan Barry, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award Winners
- 2019: Molly Smith, California State University – Fresno
- 2018: George Berghorn, Ph.D., CGP, LEED AP BD+C, Michigan State University
- 2017: Mark Zimpfer, Purdue University
- 2016: Brian Wolfgang, Pennsylvania State University
- 2015: Matthew Reyes, University of Oklahoma
- 2014: Dr. Charner Rodgers, Kennesaw State University
This exciting award recognizes student members of NAHB for their work for the student chapter and/or local HBA. Students are selected on the evaluation of their academic standing, their level of involvement with their student chapter, as well as their interest in pursuing a residential building career. One student per chapter is eligible for nomination.
Students from 34 different schools are honored with the NAHB Outstanding Student Award at the Student Chapters Awards Ceremony at IBS 2020.
The NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes NAHB student chapters at schools that go the extra mile to engage with their local HBA, the community, and student body of their schools.
Outstanding Student Chapter Award Winners
- 1st Place: St. Philip’s College (Texas)
- 2nd Place: Purdue University
- 3rd Place: Brigham Young University – Idaho
- 1st Place: Kennesaw State University (Georgia)
- 2nd Place: Michigan State University
- 3rd Place: St. Philip’s College (Texas)
This is a new program that promotes student chapter excellence by recognizing active chapters who are involved with their local home builders association.
Annual Qualifications: A minimum of eight chapter meetings/activities at your school; a minimum of eight events with your local home builders association/industry professionals/community organizations; and a minimum of 40 student members. Student representation on HBA board of directors. NAHB member representation on the school’s industry advisory board or occupational advisory committee.
Annual Qualifications: A minimum of four chapter meetings/activities at your school; a minimum of four events with your local home builders association/industry professionals/community organizations; and a minimum of 20 student members.
Annual Qualifications: A minimum of two chapter meetings/activities at your school; a minimum of two events with your local home builders association/industry professionals/community organizations; and a minimum of 10 student members.
Sample Involvement Activities with Local Home Builder Associations and Student Chapters:
- Networking events
- Visit construction sites of NAHB member companies
- Attend local HBA meetings
- Support your local HBA home show and other similar activities
- Organize weekly/biweekly/monthly chapter meetings
- Participate in National Job Shadow Day
- Internship program
- Build a playhouse for a local community center or auction it for a fundraiser
- Participate in Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together projects
- Attend state home builders’ association convention
- Visit manufacturers’ plants, materials distributors, product testing labs
- Invite guest speakers from the industry (building, manufacturing, banking, real estate, architecture, etc.) to a chapter meeting
- Organize career fairs and job fairs
- Sponsor seminars on construction safety issues
- Sponsor seminars on government (local, state and federal) regulations and codes
- Participate in a national-level competition, The NAHB student competition at IBS.
Jordyn Croom (second from right) of Oakwood Homes in Colorado accepts the 2019 Student Chapters One to Watch Award at IBS 2020.
Student Chapter One to Watch Award Winners
- 2019: Jordyn Croom, Oakwood Homes
- 2018: Myles Cardenas, Lennar
- 2017: Ron Campbell, Pulte Group