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MRCA Foundation Scholarship Program

The MRCA Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA). One purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance to MRCA member company employees and their families pursuing higher education at an accredited university or trade school. 


Applications for the 2025 - 2026 school year will be available October 1st!!





Candidates must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a trade school, college, or university, or a high school senior provisionally accepted at an educational institution and expressing intent to pursue a degree or certified trade program with at least a 3.0 GPA or B Average Equivalent.



      Candidates must submit the following to be considered for a scholarship award:        

  1. A fully-completed application.
  2. Proof of being associated with an active MRCA member company.
  3. A written statement from the educational institution where the trade-related, undergraduate or graduate work will be undertaken, indicating provisional acceptance of the student at the institution.
  4. Official transcripts from current high school or educational institution showing at least a 3.0 GPA
  5. Two letters of recommendation, submitted by persons at least 18 years of age who are not related to the candidate. Only one letter of recommendation may come from a Director of MRCA, however, none may come from a Director of the MRCA Foundation.
  6. A typed essay of no more than one page, explaining why the applicant is interested in pursuing a degree in the construction industry or related field and any steps that have been taken to pursue this goal including relevant honors, activities, or employment.



   The number and dollar amount of scholarships awarded by the MRCA Foundation will be determined by the MRCA Foundation Board of Directors. 



Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic performance, employment experience, financial need, letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated desire to pursue higher education. All applicants will be notified in writing by the Directors and the award will be mailed to the specified school. 




Congrats to our 2024 Foundation Scholarship Winners!

Ali Masoodi - Delta Innovation Services, Kansas City, KS
Ashlyn Moore - Roofmasters Roofing & Sheet Metal, Hays, KS
Ava Kloehn - Interstate Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc., Onalaska, WI
Camila Perez - F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Chase Taylor - R. Adams Roofing Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Connor Tulley - G.E. Riddiford Co., Arlington Heights, IL
Garrett Pesch - Berwald Roofing Co., Inc., St. Paul, MN
Genesis Trujillo-Lopez - Academy Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Des Moines, IA
Grace Rucka - Malarkey Roofing Products, Portland, OR
Hallie Lemmon - Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, WV
Isabel Esparza - Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, IN
Jillian Krivanek - Independent Roofing Co., Inc., Omaha, NE
Jonah Ruder - Roofmasters Roofing & Sheet Metal, Hays, KS
Joshua Patterson, Jr. - Schefers Roofing Co., Grain Valley, MO
Kylie Horn - McDowall Company, Waite Park, MN
Laurelyn Harris - Hausman Metal Works & Roofing Inc., St. Joseph, MO
Lily Seibert - Fisher roofing of Kearney, Kearney, NE
Lindsay Poutre - Roof Tech, Inc., Stillwater, MN
Mirabellah Hernandez - Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, IN
Sydney Baxter - O'Hara's Son Roofing, Chicago, IL
Trista Oberle - Roof Tech, Inc., Stillwater, MN
Viviana Bahena - Ridgeworth Roofing Co., Inc., Frankfort, IL


The Gwaltney Family Scholarship

The Gwaltney Family has been an active part of the leadership of the MRCA right up until Kevin’s passing on January 29, 2023.  Kevin, Rick, and Mark Gwaltney all stood for education, and they supported elevating the level of professionalism in the roofing industry.  They had a strong belief in self-improvement through education and training.  In addition, the Gwaltney Family was always a strong supporter of the Annual MRCA Foundation Auction which raises funds for scholarships. 

The MRCA Executive Board felt that this dedication needed to be memorialized, and that the best way would be to designate each year one of the MRCA Foundation Scholarships in the name of the Gwaltney Family.

Congratulations to the second recipient of the Gwaltney Family Scholarship
Ella Miller - Rackley Roofing, Carthage, TN