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Meet the 2021 Recipients


Seven high school students from southeastern Virginia localities were recently awarded a total of $35,000 from the Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association Scholarship Foundation during its 2021 annual academic awards program.

A committee of association members reviewed applications, looking at each student’s academic performance, community service activities and financial need. The 2021 recipients each received a $5,000 four-year scholarship:

Trinity Allen of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth plans to study political science at Howard University.
Jaiden Johnson of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth plans to major in finance at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Sarah Samson of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University to study mass communications.
Abigail Volkman of Cox High School in Virginia Beach will be pursuing a biochemistry degree at Virginia Tech.
Kayla Washington of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth will be studying history at James Madison University.
Julia Wenzel of Hickory High School in Chesapeake will be attending Old Dominion University to study marine biology.
Alanna Woods of Arcadia High School in Accomack County plans to study business at Christopher Newport University.

A talent for design

A Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building, is also held each year and recognizes excellence in home design. Placing first this year was Rita Lee of Kempsville High School and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. The second-place award recipient was Drew Proctor of First Colonial High School and the Advanced Technology Center.

Now in its 56th year, the CVBIA Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to hundreds of area students since 1965, thanks to the generous contributions from CVBIA member companies.

Funds for the Scholarship Foundation are raised by CVBIA members through the construction of a Scholarship House, as well as private donations. A portion of the proceeds from the annual CVBIA Golf Tournament are also contributed to the foundation.