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Curt Pozan Trades Scholarship

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Vada Contracting llc
1 winner$2,202
Next Application Deadline
Dec 8, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Jan 9, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Study:
Pursuing a certification in a residential building trade

Giving back to the communities is critical not only for the success of future generations, but for the culmination of a communal attitude moving forward. 

Investing in the future today guarantees the production of leaders who will propel communities onward, perpetuating the cycle of success. 

Driven by their passion for exceptional home remodeling and commitment to best practices, Vada Contracting LLC has put forth the Curt Pozan Trades Scholarship to support students of the trades who share their commitment to quality and who plan for a career in the residential building trades.

All students currently pursuing a trade certificate in construction trades, remodeling, carpentry, painting, interior design, architecture, building materials science, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, green building, general contracting, sustainability, masonry, and welding, or those interested in pursuing one are eligible to apply.

To apply, please write about what quality means to you and the ways you bring quality to your trade of choice.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Intentional, Trade School
Published May 2, 2021
Essay Topic

What does quality mean to you? How do you bring quality to your trade of choice?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Grayce Cheney
Brigham Young University-ProvoLayton, UT
Quality is intentional. When something is high quality, it is not by accident, but rather it is the product of hard work, prior trial and error, good intentions, and first and foremost, effort. Quality requires a degree of intelligence and professionalism or skill. To me, quality is about so much more than the project or the client; it's about the journey you take to get to the final product. It's about the details and the care and the effort that you put into the final product. It starts with the intent, but eventually, the final product becomes more than an idea, it becomes a tangible, and if done right, high quality, product. Now we get to my personal life. My trade of choice is architectural design. Ever since my sophomore year of high school, I've wanted to be an architect. I am currently pursuing a trade certificate in the Architectural and Engineering Design program at my local technical college, and I am almost finished. I am already certified in the Revit software that is so commonly used in my industry. Essentially, my experience is what lends me the tools to give quality to my work. Just about anyone can figure out how to model a room with four walls, a floor, and a roof, but not just anyone can design a beautiful, multi-level, 30,000 square foot beach house to go on a site in San Diego, which is what I am currently working on in my program. I've modeled a warehouse, college campus building, a law firm, several homes, and more. I am also familiar with ADA standards, safety codes for things like stairs, where windows are required and where they aren't, and much, much more. I am patient with my process. The design process is full of trial and error, and my first design is rarely my final design. It takes a lot of sketches, models, schedules, and more, to finally come to a quality design that I am proud of. And the final design is more than a 3D model, as so many assume. I make elevation plans, floor plans, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical plans, egress plans, schedules, and more. Should the project already have an existing structure that I am adding onto, I also know how to create demolition and renovation plans using phasing. All of these things combined are what make a quality project, and I try to never skimp on details. In conclusion, it is my patience, perseverance, and experience that allows me to bring quality to each of my designs. Of course, creativity doesn't hurt either, as you don't want every building you design to be the same. I am so grateful for the opportunities I've had to pursue my career of choice through a technical college, and I can't wait to receive my trade certificate!


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 8, 2021. Winners will be announced on Jan 9, 2022.

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