Students win roofing industry scholarship

May 31, 2018

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.

This year's new scholarship recipients are Elaina Krumholz, Sheboygan, Wis., daughter of Erik Krumholz, sales representative for Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio; John Paynter, Hillsborough, N.C., son of Bill Paynter, manufacturer representative for Duro-Last® Inc. Saginaw, Mich.; and Cameron Tickerhoff (Firestone Scholarship), Bridgeport, Ohio, son of Joshua Tickerhoff, foreman for Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, W.Va.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which permanently replaced the 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. NRCA contractor or supplier member companies' full-time employees or their immediate family members are eligible for the merit-based scholarships, which are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability or national origin.

In addition, the Alliance renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. The recipients include Nicholas Calvert, Wellsburg, W.Va., who is attending West Virginia University, Morgantown; Christian Cole, Dallas, Ga., who is attending Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., and was awarded the Dan Cohen Scholarship; Salvador Flores Garcia, San Jose, Calif., who is attending University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship; Jonah Manson, Solon, Iowa, who is attending Iowa State University, Ames; Sophia McGuire, Indianapolis, who is attending University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and was awarded the William A. Good Scholarship; Lillian McKenzie, Columbia, S.C., who is attending Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., and was awarded the OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship; Alyssa Merna, Brighton, Mich., who is attending Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill., and was awarded the Firestone Scholarship; and Ivy Rivas, Tujunga, Calif., who is attending University of California, Davis, and was awarded the Fred Good Scholarship.

The Alliance awarded $40,000 for scholarship renewals and $15,000 for three new scholarships for a total of $55,000 for the 2018-19 school year. To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards.

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


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