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2019 BCHBA Scholarship Winners

L-R: Joe Hocklander, Scholarship Committee member; Anna Criswell, Chris Bumpers, Associate Council Chairman;
Hayden Mason; Austin White; Fran Druse, BCHBA Executive Vice-President; Hudson Arnold; David “Rich” Conway IV;
Chris Farlow, 2019 BCHBA President (not pictured: Michael Wentworth and Bryan Roberts - 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 $97,600 in scholarships to help students in Baldwin County prepare for careers in the home building industry. The Association is reaching out to students to encourage them to pursue a career in the building industry. We strive to assist them in their pursuit, whether it be as a builder, architect, engineer, plumber, carpenter, electrician, welder, landscaper, etc. There is a dire need for skilled individuals. The BCHBA’s 2019 Scholarship Committee included Chris Farlow - BCHBA President, Chris Bumpers - Associate Council Chairman, Joe Hocklander - Scholarship Committee Member, Fran Druse - Executive Vice President.




Hudson Arnold

Hudson intends to attend Auburn University and study Civil or Structural Engineering. “My granddad is a retired civil engineer, and after I was able to see some of the work he did with new subdivisions, I became interested in civil engineering. My goal after graduation is to work with a general contractor as a project manager or the US Army Corps of Engineers. I am confident an engineering degree from Auburn University will help me achieve my goals.” Hudson is the son of Neal and Jennifer Arnold of Daphne and attends Daphne High School. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. In his spare time he loves to draw and plays tennis. In the summer he worked as a laborer with Ben M. Radcliff Contractors.

David "Rich" Conway IV

David presently attends Coastal Alabama Community College but intends to pursue Civil Engineering at Auburn University.“Structural Engineering interests me becauseI’m interested in the stability and strength of a building or structure and how to make them more resilient. Being from the Gulf Coast area, the way bridges, houses and roads are built is extremely important.” The son of Rick and Michelle Conway of Foley, AL, David is Vice President of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. He has an interest in farming because it’s a challenging outdoor activity and has worked at Krupinski Farms in the summer.


Anna Criswell

Anna plans to enroll in a College of Architecture, Design and Construction program at Mississippi State. “I anticipate being inspired by the design process, and learning more about creativity of designs around the world. Eventually, I plan to work for a firm alongside other architects to fine-tune my skills” The daughter of Rodney Criswell and Donna Gillis of Silverhill, Anna attends Roberstdale High School and has been Vice President of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Cheer Captain and volunteer with the Baldwin County Community Alliance. Anna works at the Next Level Tumbling and Training Center.


Hayden Mason

Hayden is currently enrolled at Coastal Alabama Community College but plans to study Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama. “The goal for my career is to graduate from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Geotechnical Engineering. Geotechnical is crucial in ensuring that a particular soil or ground type can support a home.” The son of Brian and Anna Mason of Fairhope, Alabama, Hayden is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Hayden likes to hunt, fish and spend time with his family and works for Mason Excavating, LLC.


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.

Michael Wentworth

Micheal attends Auburn University in the Building Science/Construction Management Program. “After graduating from McWhorter School of Building Science, I plan to work for a major residential construction company or form my own company. One area that interests me is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, high efficient and cost-saving green homes and buildings.” The son of Joe and Jennifer Alberstadt of Daphne, Michael has participated in varsity track, the Lott Leadership Summer Institute, EMERGE Leadership Program and Model United Nations. His interests include serving the homeless through volunteer work and he has worked for Corte Tree Farm and Ponder Lawn Maintenance.




Austin White

Austin plans to attend Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. He wishes to major in Environmental Design/Pre-Landscape Architecture. “I envision designing exterior spaces which facilitate practical usefulness and aesthetics while working with the environment. I hope to return to Baldwin County after graduation and have an impact on how our community develops and uses land in a way that protects and preserves our environmental resources.” The son of E. Blake and Theresa White of Fairhope, Austin attends Bayside Academy and has participated in Practice Ministries and varsity football. Austin enjoys the challenge of duck hunting and has worked as an independent lawn care provider in the summer.