(WASHINGTON)—Eleven children of highway workers who were killed on the job will receive college financial assistance for the 2016-17 school year from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund.
The scholarship program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Virginia, highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company. About 100 highway workers are killed annually in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured.
Over the past 16 years, more than 120 scholarships have been given to children of these workers from 25 states across the country to pursue college and technical training. The 2016 class includes:
Rachael Moser, Washington, D.C.
Rachael’s father, Richard Moser, a 21-year veteran of the Maryland State Highway Administration, was killed in 2007. Rachael, a recipient of the scholarship for her undergrad studies at Denison University, will pursue graduate studies in education at Harvard University in the fall.
Lyndsay Sutton, Cape Coral, Fla.
Lyndsay’s father, Steven Morgan, was killed in a November 2011 accident while working on Interstate 75 in Florida. She will be a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University where she majors in communications.
Amy McNeil, Lumberton, Texas
Amy’s father, Jeffrey McNeil, was killed in 2005 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation on U.S. 69 in Beaumont. Amy is studying nursing at Lamar State College in Orange.
Kaitlyn Henry, Dennison, Ohio
Kaitlyn’s dad, Gary Henry, was struck by a construction vehicle and killed in 2013 while working on a state highway construction project on Interstate 270 near Columbus, Ohio. Kaitlyn will be a senior at Ohio University and is an intervention specialist major.
Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla.
Andrea’s father, Shannon Pair, was struck and killed while working for Time Striping Inc. in 1998. Andrea will be a sophomore at Northeastern State University and studies nutritional science.
Victoria Markle, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Victoria’s father, John Markle, was struck and killed on Florida’s I-75 in March 2016 while working for Ajax Paving Industries. Victoria will be a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University where she plans to study journalism.
Cirar Butler, Gunnison, Miss.
Cirar’s father, Henry Butler, Jr., was killed while driving a Mississippi Department of Transportation work truck during highway repairs in 2014. Cirar will be a freshman at Coahoma Community College and plans to study physical therapy.
Kristen Jares, West, Texas
Kristen’s father, Gregory Jares, was killed in 2001 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation. Kristen will be a freshman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and will study exercise physiology.
Standra Jones, Jr., Gaston, S.C.
Stan’s father, Standra Jones, worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2007, he was struck and killed while taking down work zone traffic controls on I-26 in Lexington County. Stan will be a sophomore at Clemson University and majors in architecture.
Willie Blevins, Commerce, Ga.
Willie’s mother, Kathy Blevins, worked for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. She had just finished painting turn-lane lines when her vehicle was struck and she was killed in 2004. Willie will be a junior studying engineering at the University of North Georgia.
Emily Jones, Billings, Mont.
Emily’s father, Richard Jones, was killed in a car accident in 2013 while working for Direct Traffic Control. Emily will be a junior at Montana State University and majors in criminal justice.
The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program. Please share them with ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at email@example.com or 202.289.4434.
For more than 30 years, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has been supporting an array of initiatives to “promote research, education and public awareness.” The Foundation’s efforts include educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibit on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.