ARTBA Foundation announces college financial assistance to the children of fallen highway workers
The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education thanks to scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).
Students from Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan have been named 2010 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship. The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, Va., highway contractors and their companies — Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company. Both men are past ARTBA chairmen.
More than 1,000 people — including more than 100 highway workers — are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents. An additional 40,000 people are injured annually in these sites.
The 2010 class includes the following:
Brian Brown, Coeburn, Va.
Brian’s father, Billie, was permanently disabled in an accident after jumping into a ditch to avoid being struck by a high-speed truck as he worked in a roadway work zone for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Brian is pursuing a degree in biblical studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Carter Bundy, Flushing, Mich.
Carter’s father, Dennis Bundy, an employee of the Genesee County Road Commission, was killed in June 2006 while working on a highway survey project. Carter attends Michigan State University in East Lansing and is majoring in finance.
Mitchell and Mollie Dunn, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Mitchell and Mollie Dunn’s father, Steve Dunn, was killed in 2009 by a drunk driver while working on a road construction site in Jupiter, Fla. In the fall, Mollie, a public relations major, will be entering her senior year at the University of Alabama. Mitchell will be a freshman at the College of Charleston and intends to major in history and sociology.
Joseph Halvorson, Ames, Iowa
Joe’s father, Russell Halvorson, was working for Davis Concrete/Silvestri Paving Company installing new curbs on a road in Illinois when he was killed by a drunk driver in 1989. Joe is pursuing a degree in meteorology at Iowa State University.
Brianna Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.
Brianna’s dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. She attends Northwestern University near Chicago and is majoring in journalism.