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Meet the 2020 Recipients


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

A committee of association members reviewed 139 applications last month, looking at each student’s academic performance, community service activities and financial need. The 2020 recipients are listed below and each have received a $5,000 four-year scholarship*: (*Several of the awards are “named” scholarships endowed by an association member.)

Alex Axton of Norview High School in Norfolk, plans to study computer science at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. He received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship.

Jaylen Johnson of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake plans to major in marketing at North Carolina State University. He received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.

Quan’Drez Mason of Norview High School in Norfolk will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University to study psychology. He received the Richard D. Guy Scholarship.

Khlya Moyler of Bethel High School in Hampton will be pursuing a nursing degree at Old Dominion University.

Gavin Ryno of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake will be studying kinesiology at the University of Virginia.

Madison Stone of King’s Fork High School in Suffolk will be attending the University of Virginia to study chemical engineering. She received the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship.

Terrance Wilson of Grassfield High School in Chesapeake plans to study modeling and simulation engineering at Old Dominion University.

The 2020 Young Designers’ Scholarship Foundation, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building, was canceled this year due to school closures.

The competition will return in 2021, however, with the same criteria as 2020, enabling students who already had entries in progress to complete those for next year’s program.

Now in its 55th year, the association’s Scholarship Foundation has awarded 463 scholarships and more than $1.8 million since 1965.

With the merger earlier this year of Tidewater Builders Association and the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association into Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association, the Foundation has expanded its reach to include all cities and counties in southeastern Virginia, from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and west to Isle of Wight County.

CVBIA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2020-21 academic year to 16 other past recipients. 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.