Collier Building Industry Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF) today announced the 2021 scholarship application is now available online here.

Applicants may also contact the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) office at (239) 436-6100 to receive an application via email or U.S. Mail. Completed applications are due to the CBIA by 5 p.m. May 3, 2021 at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110, Naples FL 34105.

“To date, CBIF has proudly provided over $80,000 in scholarships to deserving local students seeking careers in building and construction-related industries,” said Vasquez. “We are extremely grateful for the support of our member organizations.”

According to CBIA Executive Officer Amelia Vasquez, any graduating high school student or student currently in college pursuing studies in construction or construction-related careers including architecture, engineering, interior design, surveying or specialty contracting (air conditioning, electrical, masonry, plumbing, etc.) and residing in Collier County, may apply.

Applicants should be students in good standing and recommended by their teachers or returning students with a strong interest in the construction industry and /or related trades who desire to pursue higher education opportunities.

CBIF also provides a $1,000 grant to any education institution or not-for-profit organization providing experiential learning activities and hands-on activities in construction-related fields to students. To be considered for this grant or learn more about the criteria, visit to complete and submit the grant application.

CBIF’s second annual clay shoot tournament, “Locked and Ready to Rock,” raised more than $20,000 to support student scholarships. The sold-out event was held Friday, Feb. 19.

Event sponsors included: Taking Aim Sponsorship ($3,500): Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Inc.; Beverage Sponsor ($2,500): Forge Engineering Inc.; Rapid Fire Sponsorship ($2,000): CC Homes; Chris-Tel Construction; Community Electric of Collier; Earth Tech Enterprises; EECON Construction Services; HBK CPAs & Consultants; JP Coleman Construction, Inc.; Peninsula Construction and Engineering; Proquest Cooling Systems; RDA Consulting Engineers, LLC d/b/a American Structural Engineering; Saint Raphael Roofing, Inc. and Stock Development; Straight Shooter Sponsorship ($1,000): BCB Homes and Collier Enterprises; Bull’s Eye Sponsorship ($500): Brown & Brown Insurance Southwest FL; Business Technology Insight; Gulfshore Insurance and Signature Surfaces.

The CBIF Board is led by President Dave Dunnavant, Peninsula Construction & Engineering; Treasurer-Secretary Robert McGinnis, Forge Engineering; Shannon Cellamare, Haines Air Conditioning & Refrigeration; JP Coleman, JP Coleman Construction, Inc.; Rich Cowgill, Stock Custom Homes; and Eric Morris, BCB Homes. Ex-Officio members include CBIA President Drew Kowalczyk, PulteGroup, and CBIA Executive Officer Amelia Vasquez.

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About CBIF
The Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF), a 501(c) 3 organization, was established in 2005 to operate the charitable arm of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA). CBIF`s primary goal is to provide housing-related educational activities, including assisting students in understanding and pursuing rewarding careers in construction, engineering, architecture, and related trades. Hands-on experiential learning opportunities are provided as well as annual scholarships to high school and college students.

About CBIA
Founded in 1985, CBIA is an association of builders, remodelers, interior designers and other housing industry professionals. It is one of 800 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. CBIA is located at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110. For more information, call (239) 436-6100 or visit Follow CBIA on Facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter.

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