By Eileen Houlihan, senior communications writer/editor, ARTBA
Standra Jones, Jr., of Gaston, South Carolina, was one of 10 children of fallen highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job who received college financial assistance from the America Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund in 2015. Standra was highlighted on South Carolina’s WLTX-TV in Columbia on May 19. Watch the video.
Standra’s father, Standra Jones, worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2007, he was struck and killed while taking down work zone traffic controls on I-26 in Lexington County. Standra will major in architecture at Clemson University.
The scholarship program, now in its 15th year, was established with a gift from two Roanoke, Virginia, highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.
About 100 highway workers are killed on the job every year in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured.
Since 1999, more than 100 children of these workers from across the country have received Lanford Family scholarships to pursue college and technical training.
The others members of the 2015 class are: Vybav Hiraesave, Dover, Delaware; Lyndsay Morgan, Daytona Beach, Florida; Amy McNeil, Kountze, Texas; Carl Moser, Middletown, Maryland; Kaitlyn Henry, Dennison, Ohio; Alexis Keefe, Wyalusing, Pennsylvania; Leah Barnes, Bronx, New York; Willie Blevins, Danielsville, Georgia; and Emily Jones, Billings, Montana. View a news release on the recipients.