Thirteen children of highway workers who were killed or permanently disabled on the job are going to receive post-high school financial assistance for the 2018-2019 school year via the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship fund established by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation back in 1999.
Founded with a monetary gift from two Roanoke, Va.-based highway contractors and their companies – Stan Lanford (ARTBA's 1999 chairman) of Lanford Brothers and Jack Lanford (ARTBA's 1991 chairman) with the Adams Construction Co. – the fund has provided more than 160 scholarships to students from 28 states over the last 18 years to pursue undergraduate and graduate courses as well as technical training.
The 2018-2019 school year scholarship recipients are: Caitlyn Rains of Proctor, Ark.; Stan Jones, Jr. of Gaston, S.C.; Willie Blevins of Athens, Ga.; Amy McNeil Graves and Misty McNeil, both from Lumberton, Texas; Victoria Markle of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Kristen Jares of West, Texas; Hadley Voudrie of Trussville, Ala.; Carolyn Lillis of Philomath, Ore.; Mashawn Blubaugh of Howard, Ohio; Jacob Schwarz of Monee, Ill.; Kaitlyn Henry of Dennison, Ohio; and Andrea Pair of Spiro, Okla.
ARBTA noted that roughly 100 highway workers are killed annually in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, with thousands more seriously injured every year as well.
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