Eleven children of highway workers who were killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive post-high school financial assistance for the 2020-21 school year from the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund.
Now in its 21st year, the program 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. Over 100 highway workers are killed annually in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured. Scholarships have been given to students from 32 states to pursue undergraduate and graduate courses as well as technical training.
The 2020 class includes:
- Caitlyn Rains, Proctor, Ark. She is studying respiratory therapy at Arkansas State University, where she will be a senior.
- Stan Jones, Jr., Gaston, S.C. He will be in his second year of graduate studies in architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina.
- Willie Blevins, Athens, Ga. Willie is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Georgia.
- Amy McNeil Graves, Lumberton, Texas. She is in registered nursing school at Lamar State College in Port Arthur.
- Jenna Jares, West, Texas. She is a sophomore studying occupational therapy at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
- Hadley Voudrie, Trussville, Ala. Hadley will be a junior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she studies elementary education.
- Carolyn Lillis, Philomath, Ore. She will be a junior at Oregon State University in Corvallis where she studies physical therapy.
- Mashawn Blubaugh, Howard, Ohio. Mashawn will be a junior at Kent State University and is majoring in early childhood education.
- Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla. She is in her third year of graduate school at Harding University’s College of Pharmacy in Searcy, Ark.
- Faith Shoemaker, Webster, S.D. Faith is studying construction management at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
- Joann Jones, Bluffton, Ind. She will be a freshman studying biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.