Washington Home Builders Foundation

The Washington Home Builders Foundation (WHBF) was founded in 2012 by the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) as a way to address educational and workforce needs within the building industry through charitable activities.

Our Mission: We work to empower and inspire the next generation of builders by advancing building-related education, unlocking academic opportunities and career possibilities while fostering a culture of innovation, enthusiasm, and excellence in the building industry.

Our Vision: We strive to be a leading organization that transforms the building industry. We envision a future where every individual has access to quality education, training, and resources necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving building industry, ultimately leading to sustainable and resilient communities

Scholarship & Funding Grants

Since its inception, BIAW has awarded over $830,000 in scholarships and grants. They provide scholarships to students who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to developing a career in the home building industry. They also offer grants to organizations with programs in construction-related fields of study, residential construction career training, continuing education, apprenticeship, and skills assessment services, and technical training programs educating tomorrow’s home builders.

WHBF Scholarship Application

Who Should Apply?

  • Washington state residents only
  • Students who will be applying to any Washington state accredited community, vocational/technical college, or university
  • Students who can demonstrate a need for additional funding to complete their programs in construction industry-related fields of study

Application Deadline and Notification
All applications must be submitted by April 08, 2024. The selection committee plans to make its decision in early May.

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WHBF Grant Application

Who Should Apply?

Organizations requesting funding for programs in a construction industry-related field of
study (including but not limited to: construction career training, continuing education,
apprenticeship programs, skills assessment programs).

Funding Grant Deadline and Notification

All applications must be submitted by April 08, 2024. The selection committee plans to make its decision in early May.

Apply Now

Local building industry association scholarships and grant opportunities

Local building industry associations across Washington offer scholarships to support trade education in their communities. Deadlines vary.

Building Industry Association of Clark County scholarship: Open to Clark County students pursuing a career in the building industry.

Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties scholarships:  Open to students seeking education related to the homebuilding industry.

  • MBAKS Professional Women in Building also offers a scholarship for women seeking education and training in the construction trade.

Kitsap Building Association Builder Grant Program: Provides paid internship opportunities in the home construction industry, focusing on carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting & coating and HVAC.

Lower Columbia Contractors Association Scholarship: Open to college or vocational/technical school-bound students, who currently intend to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry, such as: engineering, architecture, drafting, industrial design, carpentry, electrician, plumbing, and construction management.

Olympia Master Builders scholarship:  Provides up to $2,500 to college or vocational/technical school-bound students, currently residing within Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific or Grays Harbor counties and intending to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry such as: engineering, architecture, drafting, industrial design, carpentry, construction management.

Building Industry Association of Whatcom County: Open to BIAWC member company owners or employees and their families pursuing post-secondary education.

Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities & Walla Walla: Offers scholarships to members and their employees.

Master Builders Association of Pierce County: Applicants must be pursuing a degree by taking multiple courses in a field of study that enhances their education and benefits the building trades.

Other scholarship opportunities

Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarships: Open to high school seniors, graduates or GED graduates enrolled in or planning to enroll in an approved trade program at an accredited two-year college, vocational or technical school, or other approved trade program.

WAVE (Washington Award for Vocational Excellence): Open to students graduating from high school who completed (or are in the process of completing) their second course in a single career and technical education program. Also eligible are students attending a community or technical college who completed (or are in the process of completing) at least one year of a professional-technical program. The minimum award is $4,500 per year for up to two years, or $9,000. The maximum award is $11,700 per year for up to two years, or $23,400. Funding is limited. .

Washington Opportunity CTS Scholarships: Career & Technical Scholarships (CTS) provide $1,500 per quarter for apprenticeship, certificate, or associate degree programs in STEM, health care, and the trades. CTS recipients receive funding for the duration of their program or until they have received 15 terms of state financial aid as long as they meet all eligibility criteria. WSOS can cover costs beyond tuition such as housing, transportation, food and more. There are over 1,000 eligible programs at all 34 of the state’s community and technical colleges. The CTS application opens three times per year. Select the quarter that aligns with your ideal program start date.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Angel Jesus Arteaga Roman

Wenatchee Valley College
Welding Certification

 

Ava Stewart

Washington State University
Mechanical Engineering

 

Breann Briggs

Columbia Basin College
BAS Project Management

 

Bryan Sheedy

Washington State University
Construction Management

 

Cesar Bedolla-Hurtado

Washington State University
Civil Engineering

 

Ethan Myers

Saint Martin’s University
Mechanical Engineering

 

Jake Eko

University of Washington
Civil Engineering

 

James Bacon

Eastern Washington University
Construction Management Technology

 

Jamie Bekel

University of Washington
Architectural Design

 

Olivia LeCompte

Washington State University
Construction Management

 

Sierra Rothlisberger

Washington State University
BA Interior Design

 

2023 Grant Recipients

Kitsap Building Association
Chimacum School District
Quilcene High School
VPS Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Perry Technical Institute
Griffin Bay School
LaConnor School District
Big Brother Big Sister of Southwest Washington
Community Boat Project
Economic Development Council of San Juan County
Frontier Electric Apprenticeship and Training
Building Beyond the Walls
LWTech Foundation

Major Donors

Thank you to our current donors who help support our scholarship and grant efforts.

Dick Rokes, National Housing Endowment, The Norcliffe Foundation, BIAW Member Services Corporation, BECU

Contribute

The Washington Home Builders Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization as classified by the Internal Revenue Code. Your donations may be eligible for charitable contribution tax deductions. Check with your tax professional. EIN: 46-0667648