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Meet the 2022 Recipients


Five local high school students were awarded a total of $50,000 from the Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association Scholarship Foundation during its annual academic awards program.

A committee of association members reviewed applications recently, looking at each student’s academic performance, community service activities and financial need. The 2022 recipients are listed below and each have received a $10,000 four-year scholarship*: (*Several of the awards are “named” scholarships endowed by a past association president.)

- Amya Clark of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth plans to study Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. She received the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship.

- Jada Clifton, also from I.C. Norcom, plans to major in Biology/Pre-professional at Norfolk State University. She received the Howard and Nancye Weisberg Scholarship.

- Derrick Crockett of York High School in Yorktown, plans to study Physical Science/Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University.

- Joslyn Haeselin of Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, intends to major in International Studies at American University. She received the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship.

- Claire Mills of Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, will be pursuing a Biology/Pre-med degree at The University of Virginia.

The 2022 Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, a program for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building, awarded four scholarships this year. Jamison Hagan of Cox High School and Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach received the first-place $1,500 award for his home design. Elliot Foster of Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach received the second-place, $1,200 award. Brooke Smith of Kellam High School and Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach received the third-place, $800 award and Chase Lesko of Cox High School and Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach received the Honorable Mention, $500 award.

Now in its 57th year, the association’s Scholarship Foundation has awarded 481 scholarships and more than $1.8 million since 1965.

With the merger in 2020 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 2022-23 academic year to 18 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.