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 & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).
Students from Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania have been named 2013 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.” The program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Va. highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.
On average, about 100 highway workers are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents. The 2013 class includes:
Vybav Hiraesave, Dover, Del.
Vybav’s father, Vasuki Hiraesave, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Delaware Department of Transportation in March 2006. Vybav is a sophomore at the University of Delaware and is majoring in chemical engineering.
Lyndsay Morgan, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Lyndsay’s father, Steven Morgan, was killed in a November 2011 accident while working on Interstate 75 in Florida. In the fall, Lyndsay will attend Florida Gulf Coast University and major in athletic training.
Haley Ward, Tell City, Ind.
Haley’s father, Ronald Ward, was killed on the job in 2005 while working maintenance for the Indiana Department of Transportation. Haley will be attending University of Southern Indiana in the fall and plans to major in biology.
Dallas Jones, Bluffton, Ind.
Dallas’ father, Dale Jones, was killed in a December 2009 accident while working as an employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Dallas attends the Indiana Institute of Technology and is majoring in computer science.
Grant Horn, Whitesburg, Ky.
Grant’s dad, Greg Horn, was killed in 1997 during a drilling accident while working on a state highway construction project. Grant will attend the Lincoln College of Technology in the fall, majoring in automotive diesel technology.
Alexis Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.
Alexis’ dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She will attend Bentley University in the fall and pursue a business degree.
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 Holly DiGangi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
Established in 1985, the ARTBA-TDF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness. It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety and training programs and special economic reports.