916 Plantation Blvd. Fairhope, AL 36532 (251) 928-9927

2018 BCHBA Scholarship Winners

L-R: Scott Schoppert, Judson Taylor, Fran Druse, Bryan Roberts, Reid Brown, Gene Evans,
Connor Byrd, Barbara Fretwell, Chris Bumpers (not pictured: Clay Pitman - see below)

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 $90,600 in scholarships to help students in Baldwin County prepare for careers in the home building industry. The BCHBA’s 2018 Scholarship Committee included Gene Evans - BCHBA President, Chris Bumpers -  Associate Council Chairman, Barbara Fretwell - Associate Council Treasurer, Fran Druse - Executive Vice President and Scott Schoppert.


Reid Brown

Reid plans to study Civil Engineering at Auburn University. “I want to pursue this career, because I will get to help solve problems that we encounter in our everyday lives. People use roads, bridges and tunnels and i will be able to help find solutions to the problems that will occur. I have always been interested in how bridges and tunnels were made and how they can withstand so much use and always hold their structure.” The son of Robert and Monteigne Brown of Fairhope, Reid attends Fairhope High School and has been a member of the National Honor Society and the Engineering Club. Reid enjoys the challenge of fly fishing and has worked for Pitman Brown Building Company in the summer.

Conner Byrd

Connor intends to obtain a degree in Landscape Operations Management at Coastal Alabama Community College. “I have always had a passion for the outdoors. I greatly enjoy gardening and horticulture related activities. My goal is to carry that passion into my landscaping design career and provide quality unique landscaping ideas for our fast growing community. A uniquely landscaped lawn allows the homeowner to expand their living space beyond the walls of the home.” The son of Brad and Jennifer Byrd of Silverhill, Conner is a member of the National Honor Society and the Captain of the Robertdale High School Varsity Football Team. During the summer he has worked for Eastern Shore Medical Specialists.


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 is currently enrolled at Auburn University, majoring in Building Science. “A degree in Building Science will allow me to follow my passion for creating as a career for the rest of my life. I want to work for a larger commercial general contractor as a project manager or superintendent after graduation. My appreciation for craftsmanship and quality work may one day draw me back to high-end home building.” The son of Todd and Jill Roberts of Fairhope, Alabama, Bryan is a member of the Associated General Contractors Student Sector at Auburn. Bryan loves carpentry and worked full time for Pitman Brown Building Company while attending Coastal Alabama Community College at night.


Judson Taylor

Judson plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College and work toward a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. “My goal is to be self supporting doing a job I actually enjoy. I plan to get my certificate and then my associate. I want to be able to run electrical wiring for newly constructed condos or run my own heating and air conditioning business.” The son of Michael and Sky Taylor of Spanish Fort, Judson has been a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. He is active with the First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort and was a member of the Spanish Fort High School Track Team.