Students receive roofing industry scholarship

August 31, 2021

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of NRCA, has announced the recipients of its Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year.

This year’s new scholarship recipients are:

  • Ben Baxter, son of Paul S. Baxter, national operations director for Tecta America, Granbury, Texas
  • Zackary Cekalla, son of Mark Cekalla, market manager for Beacon Roofing Products, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Travis Cox, son of Tammy McCullough, accountant for Centimark, Canonsburg, Pa.
  • Max Metzger, son of Donald Metzger, sales for Tremco Inc., Roseville, Calif.
  • Finnegan O’Connor, son of Patrick O’Connor, regional sales manager for OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass.
  • Cole Snavely, son of Susan Snavely, payroll clerk for GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.
  • Michael Waldron, son of David Waldron, technical sales support for Soprema, Newark, N.J.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which permanently replaced the Roofing Alliance’s previous scholarship program in 2008, provides recipients with $5,000 per year based on eligibility for up to four years of enrollment at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school. Employees of NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families, their spouses and their dependent children are eligible to participate in this program provided they intend to pursue a career in the roofing or construction industries.

Ben Baxter
Zackary Cekalla
Travis Cox
Max Metzger
Finnegan O’Connor
Cole Snavely
Michael Waldron

In addition, the Roofing Alliance renewed six Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. The recipients include:

  • Jacob James, who is attending Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, Minn.
  • Elaina Krumholz, who is attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis
  • Morgan Patterson, who is attending DePaul University, Chicago
  • John Paynter, who is attending East Carolina University, Greenville, S.C.
  • Calvin Raymore, who is attending the University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
  • Cameron Tickerhoff, who is attending Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

The Roofing Alliance awarded $30,000 for scholarship renewals and $35,000 for one new scholarship for a total of $65,000 for the 2021-22 school year. To date, 139 students have received $960,000 in scholarship awards.

For more information about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, click here or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or

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