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2017 BCHBA Scholarship Winners

L-R: Alex Cary - BCHBA President, Scott Schoppert – BCHBA Associate Council Chairman, Andrew Holley, Clay Pitman, Allison Jones, Bryan Roberts,
James Minchew, Chris Bumpers – BCHBA Associate Council Treasurer, Alex Holobaugh, and
Joe Hocklander - BCHBA Associate Council Secretary

The Baldwin County Home Builders Association awarded $7,000 in annual scholarships to local students. Since 1997, the BCHBA has awarded scholarships to deserving students pursuing careers in the home building industry. Qualifying students must be enrolled in construction-related studies in a technical school or college. To date, the Association has awarded $83,600 in scholarships to help students in Baldwin County prepare for careers in the home building industry. The BCHBA’s 2017 Scholarship Committee included Scott Schoppert - BCHBA Associate Council Chairman, Joe Hocklander - BCHBA Associate Council Secretary, Chris Bumpers - BCHBA Associate Council Treasurer and Fran Druse - BCHBA Executive Vice President.


Andrew Holley

Andrew plans to pursue Structural Engineering at Auburn University. "As a structural engineer, I plan to design and construct different structural aspects to a wide variety of homes and buildings everywhere. This career path will fulfill my interests in identifying problems and offering solutions to resolve them. I have learned that one must be hardworking and determined in order to reach any amount of success." The son of Dewayne and Fran Holley of Bay Minette, Andrew is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, was awarded The Most Dedicated Senior of the Year and served as class treasurer, freshman through Junior year. He is a dedicated cross-country runner and has worked at Shoe Station and served as a Bay Minette City Pool Lifeguard last summer.

Alex Holobaugh

Alex attends the Samuel Gunn College of Engineering at Auburn University and plans to study Chemical Engineering. "Chemical engineers play a major role in the design of new construction materials. Chemists are vital to the construction of new paints, polymers and materials designed to withstand more heat or last longer. I plan to work on the research and development side of the construction industry so I can help bring these innovations to the forefront of homebuilding." The son of Tracy and Deborah Holobaugh of Fairhope, Alex is an Eagle Scout, has been active in band at Fairhope High School, is a member of the National Honor Society and earned an AP Scholar Award.


Allison Jones

Allison will be studying Interior Design at the University of Alabama. "I would like to design interiors that radiate the feeling of comfort and beauty that Baldwin County has provided me throughout the years. I developed a fascination with restoring homes, specifically the interior design aspect. Interior design is a growing field which would allow me to travel and experience new places while still doing what I love." The daughter of Bruce and Billie Lynn Jones of Bay Minette, Allison is a president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Member of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations and Key Club. She is also a volunteer with the Grace Ministries and has worked at Shades Sunglasses and Apparel.



James Minchew

James dreams of being an architect and has Plans to Auburn University. "The architect’s role is found near the beginnings of any new structure, and through articulate calculations that vary anywhere from price to strength, he or she creates instructions on how the structure is to be built. The architect’s designs span from massive creations such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the humble abodes of newly married couples. Why" The son of James and Sonja Minchew of Bay Minette, James served as class Vice President of North Baldwin Center for Technology, while attending classes there. He has traveled to Guatemala to build houses with a church mission team and has attended Boys State at the University of Alabama. He is currently working at WalMart.


Clay Pitman

Clay is currently enrolled at Auburn University and is attending classes in Civil Engineering since Fall of 2014. “By choosing this educational path, I could have a part in the construction industry but also concentrate on the dirt work and foundations of buildings and roads. This type of work interests me because it is the base and foundation that provides stability and structure to any road and building.” The son of Cliff and Jody Pitman of Fairhope, Alabama, Clay is an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Auburn University and was a member of the National Honor Society in High School. Clay is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing and is pursuing his private pilot’s license.

Bryan Roberts

Bryan intends to study Building Science at Auburn University. "The enjoyment I experience from taking a pile of wood and turning them into a useful item is unmatched. Constructing an object that was built correctly the first time and can be enjoyed for many year to come is what I take pride in. I wish to create beautifully designed and constructed structures that will withstand the test of time." The son of Todd and Jill Roberts of Fairhope, Bryan enjoys carpentry, fishing and hunting and was a member of his high school Art and Spanish Clubs. He has worked as an in house carpenter with Pitman Brown Building Company.