ARTBA Foundation announces college financial assistance to the children of fallen highway workers

| May 10, 2010

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.

Allison Moore, Chula, Ga.

Allison’s father, Steve Moore, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation in November 1996. Allison attends Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia and is majoring in political science.

Nahun Morales, Springfield, Va.

Nahun’s dad, Nahun Levia, was injured and disabled while working on a highway and bridge project in the Washington, D.C., area. Nahun attends Northern Virginia Community College and is majoring in business administration.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program.

Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Holly Bolton at hbolton@artba.org or 202-289-4434. Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

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