Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded every year for the upcoming fall semester.  Download the Scholarship Guidebook.

The fall 2019 scholarship auto-fill application is here. The Foundation will match your application to the scholarship opportunity for which you are qualified. Completed applications are due to the office by March 15, 2019.

The focus of the Texas Builders Foundation is to help ensure the future of the residential building industry in Texas. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships to students who are enrolled in construction programs in Texas’ technical and trade schools and colleges and universities.

Young adults graduating from career and technical programs and our colleges and universities are the future business owners of Texas who in turn hire employees and pay taxes. Currently, the home building industry in Texas represents over 509,000 jobs and more than $38 billion annually in the Texas economy. As the state’s population continues to grow and the demand for housing continues to rise, these numbers will increase exponentially, as will the need for construction professionals.

Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in student scholarships. Read here about our scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipients for the fall 2018 semester are:
Jonathan Alvarez, Sulphur Springs, Texas A&M University
Armando Avelar, Azle, Tarrant County College
Michael Bonugli, Wimberley, Texas State Technical College-Waco
Rebecca Cantu, La Feria, Texas State Technical College-Harlingen
Joshua Covarrubias, Saginaw, Tarrant County College
Tyler Emo, Wylie, Texas A&M University
Emily “Kate” Gause, Helotes, Texas A&M University
Michael Good, San Antonio, St. Phillip’s College
Dawson Helms, Maud, Texarkana College
Kaleb Henning, Refugio, Texas State University
Bryan Hurtado, Yoakum, Blinn College-Bryan
Jose Ipina, Laredo, Laredo Community College
Shannon Kay, Robinson, Texas Tech University
Abbigail McNiel, Jarrell, Texas State University
Manuel Melgar, Fort Worth, University of Texas at Arlington
Wyatt Pahl, College Station, Texas A&M University
Ricardo Perez, Alvarado, Tarrant County College
Ricardo Rios, Laredo, Laredo Community College
Kobie Stephens, Montgomery, Tulsa Welding School
Edward Valencia, Hereford, Amarillo College
McKinnon White, Longview, University of Texas at Tyler

Donations to the General Fund allow the Foundation’s Trustees to award scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in construction-related programs in Texas schools. Dedicated scholarship funds honoring Texas builders have also been established through the Texas Builders Foundation. Visit our contribute page to learn more about our dedicated funds.

If you are interested in establishing a dedicated memorial fund or endowment, please contact the Texas Builders Foundation.

Construction Industry Training and Education

We’ve seen the headlines, and the construction industry is witnessing it first hand: Texas is facing a shortage of skilled workers and an aging workforce.

House Bill 5 was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013 Regular Session) and was signed into law by the Governor. This groundbreaking legislation enables school districts to offer college credit courses, in collaboration with institutions of higher education, that provide a wide range of career and technical curriculum that are rigorous, relevant, and aligned with the state’s diverse workforce needs. Broadening the opportunities for success will encourage more students to stay in school and secure a meaningful high school diploma.

Members of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Builders Foundation provided expert testimony and information to our state Legislators and members of the State Board of Education to ensure that the legislation and implementation of HB 5 take into consideration the needs of the residential construction industry.

The Trustees work with school districts around the state to incorporate construction programs into their high school curriculums, and the foundation serves as a resource to school districts that choose to offer building programs to their students. Download Developing a Community Partnership resource guide.

Learn more about Texas’ workforce needs here.
For information on HB 5 and its implementation, click here.

Charitable Activities

Texas builders have a long history of giving back to their communities and state. The Texas Builders Foundation continues this tradition by working with building-related charities and organizations to ensure that their good and necessary work continues.

  • Areas of Austin and Travis County, Texas were devastated as the result of flooding that occurred on October 31, 2013. State Representatives Paul Workman and Eddie Rodriguez spearheaded an effort to provide assistance to the citizens in the affected areas and, at their request, the Texas Builders Foundation was honored to take a lead in raising funds for the rebuilding effort. For more information about this project, click here.
  • Immediately following the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April 2013, the foundation established a dedicated fund to accept monetary and materials donations, 100% of which were returned to the West community. Contributions allowed the Foundation to build a mortgage-free home for one of the victims whose home was destroyed in the blast. Read about our efforts:

Helping West Rebuild
Breedlove Build

  • In February 2012, Texas A&M University offered one of its most historic buildings to the Department of Construction Science to use as its headquarters, and the department asked the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the Texas Builders Foundation to help with its fundraising efforts to renovate the Francis Hall Construction Science Center. Although the foundation did not meet its goal to raise $25,000 to become the named partner of a faculty room, our generous donors did contribute a significant amount of money; those donations were earmarked and provided scholarships to Texas A&M University students who pursued degrees from within the construction department.
  • The foundation partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME to build a mortgage-free home for a military hero who was gravely injured in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting massacre. Read about the build.

Rebuilding Following a Disaster

The Texas Builders Foundation is available as a resource to communities that have suffered major disasters such as tornadoes, flooding or wildfires and can provide information to residents on the rebuilding process. Our publication, Rebuilding Following a Disaster, provides you with information and resources including agencies to contact for help and how to hire a reputable contractor. For additional information, please contact the Texas Builders Foundation.

Fundraising Events

Have fun while supporting the Texas Builders Foundation! Upcoming fundraisers:

  • Texas Builders Foundation lapel pins are now available for $5 each. If you would like to purchase a pin, please contact or (512) 476-6346.  

If you would like to hold a fundraising event for the Foundation, please call (512) 476-6346.


Board of Trustees

  • Chairman, Michael Biggerstaff, San Angelo
  • Vice Chairman, David Miller, Lubbock
  • Daniel Alford, Plano
  • Alan Amos, Longview
  • Steve Bolt, Lufkin
  • Honorable Drew Darby, San Angelo
  • Chad Decker, San Angelo
  • Steve DeVoe, San Carlos, CA
  • Tommy Ford, Dallas
  • Tim Jackson, Fairview
  • Boyd Johnston, Amarillo
  • Barry Kahn, Houston
  • Daniel B. Markson, San Antonio
  • Jana McAllister, Dallas
  • Rick McGuire, Lubbock
  • Mike Mishler, Rockwall
  • M. Scott Norman, Jr., Austin
  • Sue Ann Pinger, Austin
  • James Rodriguez, Fort Worth
  • Steve Sorrells, Waco



The Texas Builders Foundation is organized exclusively as a private charitable foundation within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. All contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.

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