Two Savannah Technical College students were awarded the Tools of the Trade Scholarship to purchase tools for their program of study from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) South Atlantic Chapter.
Construction Management student Zebulon Floyd and Air Conditioning Technology student Juan Rivas were selected to each receive $1,000 for this the statewide scholarship. The students were recognized at the 2019 Annual Gala & Project Achievement Awards on June 11, in Atlanta, Ga.
With eight years of military service, Floyd started the Construction Management program in January 2019 soon after he separated with an honorable discharge. He has a bachelor’s of science in health and physical education from Alabama State University and worked as an occupational therapy assistant in the U.S. Army.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own business,” said Floyd, who has already set up an LLC. “I wanted to put my dream into action and took the leap to train for a new career.” He looks forward to renovating and remodeling houses and starting his own business once he completes the program next summer.
Rivas currently works as a machinist at Mitsubishi Power Systems and has previous experience working as a mechanic technician and a manufacturing technician in Puerto Rico. He enjoys working with electricity and HVAC.
“This scholarship is very helpful for students to give them better chances to work.” Rivas said many companies ask if you have your own tools when you are interviewing for a job in HVAC.
Both students had their wish list of tools ready. Floyd planned to use his military discount when purchasing construction equipment to make the scholarship go a little further.
The Tools of the Trade Scholarship is awarded for the purchase of program required tools, uniforms, equipment, and or/supplies to a currently enrolled part‐time or full‐time student in good academic standing. Applicants must be enrolled in a TCSG certificate, diploma, or degree program that publishes a required list of tools, uniforms, equipment and/or supplies necessary for completion of the program. This scholarship does not cover textbooks, office supplies, etc.)
The scholarship funds will be paid through reimbursement (with proof of purchase) or directly to an approved equipment vendor on behalf of the student.