During this year’s Annual Convention, AGC and Procore Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a new scholarship program to assist African American and underrepresented minority students who are studying construction at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. This new scholarship was made possible thanks to a $250,000 challenge gift from Procore that the association will now fundraise to meet and exceed.
We are launching this scholarship because we don’t want to price future leaders out of their opportunity to shape the construction industry. Our ultimate hope is that these scholarships will put a new and more diverse generation of students on track to become tomorrow’s construction leaders and innovators.
The new HBCU scholarship program is part of the association’s broader efforts to make the construction industry more diverse and inclusive. AGC also operates a nationwide recruiting campaign called “Construction is Essential” to attract more diverse workers. Our Culture of CARE program helps firms create more welcoming and inclusive workplaces. And our Business Case for a Diverse Industry helps construction leaders see how more diverse firms are innovative, profitable and safe.
The ultimate outcome of these scholarships is to increase the representation of African Americans and underrepresented communities in the construction industry, where the numbers have remained too small for too long. This scholarship program is also an extension of Procore’s investments in diversity and inclusion and workforce development.
Indeed, Procore’s challenge gift is part of the company’s broader commitment to connecting construction and technology to the tools, resources and communities needed to build a more inclusive and diverse future. Procore is supporting the industry through partnerships with minority contractors associations to provide technical and educational resources to members and employees through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that foster a culture of belonging.
The HBCU scholarship program will be administered by the AGC Education and Research Foundation, which awards a host of construction scholarships, funds research into key construction topics and supports faculty externships at commercial construction firms. The foundation is launching an industry-wide fundraising campaign to meet, and hopefully exceed, the initial $250,000 challenge gift from Procore.
The Foundation is asking members to invest not only in these students but also in the future of our industry. Supporting these scholarships is the best way to create a new, more diverse generation of industry leaders. To learn more about the work of the Foundation and how you can make your contribution to help AGC meet Procore’s challenge gift, visit https://donate.agc.org/.