The Tower Family Foundation announced today the official expansion of the non-profit organization’s scholarship program, which includes enhanced eligibility criteria and a new application form that supports more students on a merit basis.
The Tower Family Foundation is opening the program to the broader NATE community by offering a limited number of merit-based scholarships that will be available annually to the Association’s member company employees and their eligible dependents. The review and evaluation of all scholarship applications will be based on specific requirements related to academic achievement, future promise based on the degree program, and the responses to written essays.
Additionally, these Tower Family Foundation merit-based scholarships will be awarded twice per year (Fall and Spring semester) and shall be made payable to the educational institution on behalf of the student. Students attending regionally accredited post-secondary educational institutions such as 4-year colleges, 2-year community/technical colleges or institutes, and shorter-term vocational certificate/trade programs are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
The scholarship award is intended to supplement any financial aid package received by the applicant and can be used for tuition/fees and other expenses charged by the institution, such as books, laboratory fees, equipment, and supplies. Tower Family Foundation Scholarships are valued at up to $5,000.00 per year for full-time students (carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours) and up to $2,500.00 per year for part-time students (carrying a minimum of 6 semesterhours).
It is important to note that the expansion of the Tower Family Foundation scholarship program does not impact the pool of scholarship funds that continue to be readily available to a severely injured or permanently disabled tower worker or a legal dependent of a permanently disabled or deceased tower worker.
“Through the industry’s generous charitable giving, the Tower Family Foundation is thrilled to be able to expand the organization’s scholarship program to assist more students with the cost of post-secondary education,” said Board of Directors Member and Scholarship Committee Chair Patrick Murphy. “I would like to personally thank the members of the Tower Family Foundation Scholarship Committee for their hard work and diligence in developing the guidelines and application processes that will govern this expanded scholarship program,” Murphy added.
The Tower Family Foundation Scholarship Committee members include the following: Patrick Murphy, Chief Executive Officer at Murphy Tower Service, Seth Buechley, Owner at Cathedral, Mark Ciarfella, Executive Vice President, Domestic Operations at SBA Communications Corporation, Mike Clementi, Vice President & General Manager at Site Pro 1, Ryan Ford, National Vendor Manager at DISH Wireless, Dr. Gemma Frock, GFK Consulting Services, and Tara Rand, Senior Manager, Business Development at SAI Group.
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to visit the Tower Family Foundation’s website at www.towerfamilyfoundation.org, to learn more about the organization and make an online contribution.