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ARTBA Reports: 2020-21 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Opportunities Available. Application Deadline: April 17

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is seeking qualified students for its 2020-21 “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.” 
Applications are due by April 17 and can be found online at www.artbatdf.org.
Established in 1999, this first-of-its-kind scholarship fund provides post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. More than 180 scholarships have been awarded to worthy students from 32 states to pursue undergraduate and graduate courses as well as technical training.
Eligible students must attend a post-secondary institution of learning that requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. This could include any public or private four-year accredited college or university; two-year accredited college; or vocational technical college or training institution. M.B.A. candidates and master’s degree students in civil engineering, construction management and other construction-related programs will also be considered. Scholarships have a value up to $5,000.
For more information, or if you have a lead on a student who might be eligible, contact ARTBA’s Melanie Laird at mlaird@artba.org or 202.289.1029.
Established in 1985, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt entity designed to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, management and education programs, roadway work zone safety training, special economic research and reports, American National Standards Institute-accredited transportation project safety certification, and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Contractors from North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado Receive National Safety Awards

Transportation construction industry firms from North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado were recognized September 12 for their outstanding worker safety programs during the 2012 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) National Convention held in Memphis, Tenn.

Winning firms were the top honorees of the ARTBA Foundation’s “Contractor Safety Awards,” a program developed to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry.  Award winners demonstrated a low “OSHA Recordable Rate” as measured against benchmark metrics established by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Five finalists were selected based on their achievements as evidenced by recordable rates below the industry average and low workers’ compensation experience modifier rates.  Representatives from each company were invited to make a presentation before a panel of industry professionals during the ARTBA convention.  Judges evaluated the entries based on corporate safety culture, operational safety plans and worker training programs.  Awards were presented in three categories, based on the number of employee hours worked during the previous year:

  • 500,000 or fewer hours: Sharpe Bros., Greensboro, N.C.
  • 500,001 to 1,000,000 hours: Herzog Contracting Corp., St. Joseph, Mo.
  • More than 1 million hours: CH2M Hill, Englewood, Colo.

“Safety on the job site is an essential element in long-term business success—especially in the transportation construction industry,” said Brad Sant, ARTBA senior vice president for safety & education. “This award honors those firms who have demonstrated industry-leading programs as evidence of their commitment to employee and workplace safety.”

The ARTBA Foundation was established in 1985 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to support research, education and public awareness.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards programs, a national exhibition on transportation and a facility dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zones.


ARTBA Honors Women Leaders in Transportation Construction

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) recently presented national awards to four individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field, as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry.

In its second year, the “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards Program” featured two categories:

  • The Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award: Named after ARTBA’s executive director from the mid-1920s, it is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, long-term service in the industry’s public or private sectors and dedication to the advancement of innovation and other women leaders.
  • The Future Industry Spotlight Award: It recognizes students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside of the academic environment.

Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Katherine F. “Katie” Turnbull
Texas Transportation Institute (TTI)

Dr. Katie Turnbull has dedicated 35 years to transportation, research, service and education. She joined TTI as an assistant research scientist in 1989 and now serves as its executive associate director, responsible for agency-wide initiatives and management activities.  Dr. Turnbull is a recognized expert on high-occupancy vehicle facilities, toll facilities, managed lanes, public transportation, transportation planning, travel demand management and intelligent transportation systems. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and is a frequent speaker at national industry conferences. Throughout her career, Dr. Turnbull has been a leader in numerous industry groups and has mentored hundreds of women who have achieved positions of leadership at TTI and elsewhere.

Ms. Karen Schurr, PE   
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ms. Karen Schurr is a civil engineer with three decades of experience in both the industry and academia.  As lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and previously as an engineer for the Nebraska Division of Roads, she has made many key contributions to the civil engineering profession and America’s transportation network, including the design of interstate highways, publishing research in leading journals, and grooming students for careers in civil engineering.  Ms. Schurr served as team design leader for the $82 million I‐80/I‐680 interchange reconstruction project in Omaha, Neb., which won the 1998 “Engineering Excellence Award” given by the Eastern Chapter of the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers.  She is an active member of the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  Ms. Schurr has also been a leader in promoting innovation within her field, leading research efforts that resulted in modifications to her state’s policies on roundabouts.

Future Industry Spotlight 

Ms. Carrie Mohlman   University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ms. Molhman is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is pursuing a master’s of science in civil engineering with a focus on transportation.  As a graduate research assistant maintaining a 4.0 grade average, she is conducting research on commercial driver fatigue and compiling commodity flow surveys for counties in Nebraska.  She also served as a professional technical worker during a summer internship with the Public Works and Utilities of Lincoln, Neb., where she oversaw sidewalk construction and worked closely with contractors on completed quantities and quality control.  In her spare time, Ms. Molhman volunteers with the “Road, Rails and Racecars” afterschool mentoring program for middle school students, which encourages young adults to explore careers in the transportation field.

Ms. Danielle Soriano

Ms. Soriano is a senior at the University of Florida and is working toward a B.S. in civil engineering with a minor in urban and regional planning.  In addition to maintaining a 3.74 grade average, she serves as vice president for the school’s Women’s Transportation Seminar and as the campus involvement chair for the Theta Tau Co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity.  She is a member of the local chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Ms. Soriano has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the university’s Transportation Research Center helping construct traffic networks, analyze traffic data, evaluate computational methodology documents and compare analysis algorithms.

The awards program is a signature initiative of the association’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council, which promotes “leadership and career advancement for women in the industry through mentoring, recognition, educational activities and networking.”

The ARTBA-TDF was established in 1985 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness.

ARTBA-TDF Contractor Safety Awards Entries Due Soon

Earn the Recognition You Deserve for Job Site Safety

August 10 Deadline for Contractor Safety Awards

Showcase your job site safety and employee protection accomplishments by submitting your nomination for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) “Contractor Safety Award”—an annual competition designed to recognize industry firms that have implemented outstanding employee health and safety programs.

This awards program was developed to promote worker safety and health as core values of the transportation design and construction industry.  Successful applicants will demonstrate a low “OSHA Recordable Rate” rate as measured against benchmark statistics established by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

ARTBA members in the Contractors and Materials & Services Divisions can apply for recognition in one of three categories, based on number of employee hours worked during the previous year: 1,000,001 or more; 500,001-1,000,000, or 500,000 or fewer.  First tier qualification is based on a contractor’s OSHA Recordable Rate; the benchmark for the 2012 award is below 4.6.

Once finalists are established through review of first tier applications, they will be notified and invited to make a presentation before a panel from ARTBA’s Safety Committee.  Finalists will explain their safety programs based on seven key criteria: management commitment, employee participation, incident investigation, audit procedures, safety planning, management review/implementation, and risk assessment.

Presentations will be made and award winners announced during ARTBA’s 2012 National Convention to be held September 11-14 in Memphis, Tenn.  Award finalists will be notified by August 15 to allow time to make travel plans and present their programs before the judges.

Applications are available online under the “scholarships and awards” section of www.artbatdf.org or by contacting ARTBA’s Holly DiGangi at 202-289-4434.  Nominations must be received at ARTBA’s headquarters by close of business August 10.


ARTBA Foundation Accepting Applications For 2010 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is now imagesaccepting applications for the “Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program” for the 2010 academic year.  The program provides financial assistance to help the children of highway construction workers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty pursue post-high school education.

The scholarship program was launched in Oct. 1999 through a generous $100,000 gift from the families of past ARTBA Chairmen Jack and Stan Lanford of Roanoke, Virginia, and is supported today with contributions from industry foundations, firms and executives, and labor organizations. The scholarships have a value up to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers who have died or become permanently disabled in roadway construction zone accidents;
  • An applicant’s parent must have been employed by a transportation construction firm or a transportation public agency at the time of his or her death or disabling injury;
  • The scholarship award must be used to attend a post-secondary institution of learning that requires a high school diploma or Graduate Equivalent Degree (G.E.D.).

Scholarship Selection Criteria:

There are several criteria considered for selection of scholarship recipients:

  • Past academic performance record— high school grades for new college entrants or cumulative college grade point average and academic performance for applicants already attending an institution of higher learning.  A minimum cumulative academic performance of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • A typewritten statement of no more than 200 words that explains his or her reasons for wanting to continue their education.
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance to attend school.
  • Letters of recommendation—in addition to those required by two teachers—that are offered in support of the applicant’s nomination.

Applications must be postmarked by March 19, 2010.  To obtain a copy of the application, contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton at 202-289-4434 or visit www.artbatdf.org.