From Chairman of the Scholarship Fundraiser Committee, Jeff Photiades - "........She (Bonnie St.Pierre) seamlessly designed, developed and delivered to us an effective and usable piece in a short time frame. Feedback has been exceptional. Her deliverable as well as work ethic meets our high standard of excellence, making it easy to rely on her for future projects. Anyone considering engaging with Bonnie can rest assured that she will exceed your highest expectations and do so with grace and ease." To read the complete testimonial, click here.
Read below for the copy for the Home Builder's Association Scholarship Fundraiser Case Study, formatted as a 2 page marketing tool for Scholarship Sponsorships, Sales of tickets to the Event, and a Call for Applicants:
The Trades Workforce Shortage is no laughing matter.
GMNHBRA is doing something about it, and having fun at the same time.
Join us at our Annual Comedy Night Event on October 21, 2016!
Before you read any further, think about the last time you walked through an active job site. Can you remember how many workers you saw, who were under 30 years old?
What’s going to happen, if things continue unchanged, when the current workforce reaches retirement age? Who will build, roof, plumb, install electric, heating & AC… need I go on?
Let us entertain you, AND together we do something to make positive change for the future.
The Annual Comedy Night event is the fundraiser for the Rick Bouchard Memorial Scholarship, provided to students by the Greater Manchester Nashua Home Builders Association (GMNHBRA).
It’s no secret that times have changed dramatically over the last 25 years, that the cost of any post-high school education has soared, while at the same time, the emphasis from the school counselors and officials, driven by statistics that govern their budgets, is in pointing students towards that prohibitive college education and degree. Sadly, this is not always the best fit compared to a career in the trades that some students might be drawn to, or would be a better fit to their natural abilities and strengths.
What this means, is that the colleges are churning out many professionals, technicians, programmers and such, and there are less and less skilled craftsmen and women working “on the job” or with their hands, those that actually build things, to fill the workforce already desperately feeling that absence.
With this alarming trend in mind, GMNHBRA developed the scholarship several years ago, and has already helped multiple local students to move forward and excel in the field of their choice in the Trades Industry.
The GMNHBRA Scholarship is named in honor of Rick Bouchard, an educator who came to New England from North Carolina to make an impact in our area, becoming a builder and strong advocate of the survival and advancement of this field through education. Rick passed away in 2012. The Scholarship continues to help students to this day.
What does the Scholarship mean to a student?
Here’s what our last two recipients have to say.
2016 Recipient: Jessica O’Neal
From GMNHBRA Member Dan Blais of TF Moran; "The Scholarship is fantastic, with the rising cost of education, it certainly helps. It also recognizes the students for their work towards a career in our industry. Jess is the daughter of our Chief of Survey.”
Says Jessica; "My school, Northeastern, has a co-op where I'm actually working right now, so being a recipient of the scholarship provides some of the money I need for living expenses, and when I return to school in January, it will help also with textbooks costs. Because of the co-op, I am going for 5 years, and having this little bit extra is definitely helpful towards that expense. Working in the co-op at Suffolk Construction gives me an opportunity to speak with project managers on a regular basis and begin building a relationship with them, so that when I move into the industry after graduation, I will have those connections, plus can get into a position in the construction management field where I can make an impact in the communities that I am living in, and also building in."
2015 Recipient: Lindsey Rago
From GMNHBRA Member, Brian Ki of Team Engineering; " I supervised a lot of Lindsey’s work and helped her learn engineering and drafting procedures. She was a good intern. I hope to be working with her on many projects in the future after her graduation. The Scholarship helps because school is expensive and I know that she needed the money to keep going through school."
Says Lindsey; “Receiving the Scholarship gave me piece of mind. One of my biggest hopes was to study Civil Engineering in Australia, a huge expense where I had to save so much more in order to even consider it. So having the extra little bit for regular UNH tuition let me focus and save for that. The experience abroad had a huge impact on me, as Field Design in Australia is very different from here. I wanted to get the international perspective on engineering design that I just couldn't have gotten otherwise. I'm grateful for having the Scholarship monies and being able to have that experience."
How can you help?
You can help GMNHBRA to reach qualified applicants. Do you have or know a high school senior interested in a career in the Trades? Or a young adult already registered and wanting to continue their education in the Trades?
- Do you have any association with area high schools or trade schools?
- Do you have an intern at your business?
You can also sponsor generously towards the education of our youth and continued education of young adults through this event and this Scholarship.
Take an active part in bringing balance back to the Trades Work Force, to help educate skilled laborers and managers, and business owners of tomorrow.
Become a Sponsor,
Bring an Applicant forward
Attend this Fun Event!
Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 603-672-6090, or Fax: 603-372-8291