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The Modular Building Institute Announces 2022 MBI US & Canadian Foundation Scholarship Winners

The MBI US and Canadian Foundations had two recipients of educational scholarships in 2022. Annually, the foundations provide $5000 in scholarships to employees of MBI member companies or employee spouses, children, or grandchildren. The US foundation provides one $2500 scholarship and the Canadian foundation provides one $2500 scholarship. Applicants apply directly to the foundations and must be enrolled or enrolling in a college or university. Any course of study is eligible—it must not be related to modular construction—though applicants employed by MBI member companies as well as those with majors applicable to the industry are ranked higher in the selection process. This year’s scholarships had a combined 39 applicants.

The US foundation awarded its scholarship to Karen Lima. Karen is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in construction management and technologies at Arizona State University. After graduating, she intends to obtain her master’s in construction management. Karen says, “I truly aspire to someday be out in the field where I can impact the construction world as a project manager.” Karen is employed as an assistant buyer at Phoenix Modular in Phoenix, Arizona. She was inspired by her father to pursue a career in construction. “As a female, I want to give myself more opportunities. My father was a project manager. I learned my first lessons from him, like how to maneuver forklifts and drive semi-trucks.”

The Canadian foundation awarded its scholarship to Emma Hodges. Emma is attending Thompson River University in Kamloops, British Columbia. She is seeking her master’s in business administration. Emma is employed as a marketing and event coordinator in the LodgeLink division of Black Diamond Group. Emma says, “During my time at Black Diamond Group, I have spearheaded our event planning into monthly, milestone, and annual events used to promote LodgeLink as a fun place to work, attracting talented employees and driving our business forward.” Prior to attending school, Emma volunteered regularly with animal welfare, arts, and culture organizations in Calgary, Alberta.

These are the 33rd and 34th member scholarships given by the foundations, totaling more than $85,000 awarded since their inception.

About the MBI US and Canadian Foundations

The mission of the foundations is to expand opportunities, increase awareness, and foster growth in the commercial modular construction industry by supporting research and development, providing scholarships for students, and developing partnerships and alliances with complimentary organizations.