National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC helps women take advantage of the opportunities in construction. Whether you want to embark on a new career, establish a networking base, be a mentor or mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your education or invest in great friendships, NAWIC offers a variety of opportunities — large and small. Our Chapter prides itself on providing the most to our members and our community.
According to Bureau Labor of Statistics, from 2018, women make up approximately 9% of the construction workforce. Numbers are even smaller when we look at women on the front line of jobsites, making up 1.25%. According to an AGC survey, "eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce." A lack of support for vocational and technical training is a large reason for this continued shortage. Along with the already struggling industry and lack of skilled workers, AGC also estimates that "roughly 40 percent of the construction workforce is 45 years of age or older. That means there are 3.7 million construction workers who will be approaching retirement within the next 10 years." This means that we will experinence a gap in the number of skilled trades in an already growing market. Why not fill this gap with qualified individuals who also help bring about diversity?
The NAWIC Columbus Chapter is working to help bridge these gaps by supporting both students going for a specialized trade or students going to a college or university for a Construction related degree. The NAWIC Columbus Chapter is committed to increasing the number of women and the amount of diversity in the construction industry. While NAWIC was created to help women specifically, our Chapter believes we should expand to encompass all aspects of diversity, as that makes for a better workplace for all of us. This Scholarship has been designed to promote diversity in more ways than just gender and race. There are many classifications that may not be represented and we want to hear from each applicant how you feel you could best represent what this scholarship is meant to achieve.
For more information on our chapter, please visit our website, columbusnawic.org, for more information. If you are a student who is interested in becoming a member (this will not affect your application), please email us at email@example.com and we will set you up with a free Chapter Membership. If you have any additional questions while filling this out, please email us and we will do our best to help out.