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Mike Wazocha Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
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Mike's Family
2 winners, $775 each
In Review
Application Deadline
Jul 13, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 13, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school, undergraduate, or trade school student
Field of Study:
Construction or construction management

Mike Wazocha was a beloved father, grandfather and husband who passed away in 2012 due to pancreatic cancer.

Mike had a general contracting business in Connecticut and then moved to Florida to start an acoustical ceiling/drywall business. Mike was passionate about the work he did and was a skilled tradesman. Mike was known throughout the industry for his high quality work, done in a timely manner and for his work ethic and pride in his craftsmanship. Mike enjoyed teaching others his trade, whether or not they had previous experience. He believed that learning trades opened doors.

This scholarship aims to honor the life of Mike Wazocha by supporting students who are truly interested in pursuing careers in construction.

Any high school, undergraduate, or trade school student pursuing construction or construction management may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us why you are choosing to pursue construction.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published April 8, 2024
Essay Topic

What made you choose to pursue a career in construction?

250–500 words

Winning Application

Lucas Sein
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBoston, MA
My family had always been full of hard workers, laborers the type of people we call America's backbone, I grew up working since I was 13 my brother, father, uncle and grandfather used to do all types of labor, steelwork, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, construction and even electrical work. Naturally, I grew up learning these things as well but I quickly realized, I liked construction, My father worked for a construction company and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Even when I was young I loved building blocks and legos, The whole concept of building something from start to finish impressed me but it was the tight-knit work crews that drew me in more because it was always an environment I enjoyed being around, These guys worked but they had fun they were like brothers, It was crazy to me that people could have fun doing such hard work, which got me to doing research where I stumbled upon construction management, the idea you get to do construction work but be on the other end of it setting it up was something I knew I wanted to do instantly, I now find my self at Wentworth Institute of Technology the best construction management school in the state of Massachusetts pursuing a career in the field, I hope to make a change in the industry and make a name for me and my family for generations to come. Thank you for the opportunity to apply. Best, Lucas Sein
Aliyah Odum
For as long as I can remember I’ve always known what I wanted to do with my life. Construction management has always been a passion of mine, general contractors in particular have interested me for some time. When I ask myself what motivated me to want to become a general contractor, the answer is always the same: Fulfilling my childhood dreams and devoting my time towards something that would positively benefit my life is the best life choice I can make. Growing up in Orlando, Florida greatly influenced my passion for construction. As a child, I would always see houses, highways, bridges, etc being built which sparked my interest even more to want to pursue this career path in my life. Property brothers also greatly influenced my life. Why? Seeing how two brothers devote all of their time and energy to helping couples find their dream homes has always interested me. Throughout my Freshman and Sophomore years, I participated in sports in and out of school but soon realized that sports were not what was best for me. There is something much bigger that is awaiting me. As the end of Sophomore year was approaching I started researching construction class and began building things around the house for me or my family. I found joy in building/making things. Every week I would give myself another task to complete. These were simple tasks, but I learned so much while doing these simple tasks. I would watch TV shows and listen to construction stories told by my uncles. They encouraged me to go out for my dreams and not to miss the opportunity they once did. I’m forever grateful for these stories and tasks because every experience that I have gone through has developed the passion and skills that I am going to need to pursue my dream of becoming a general contractor. In conclusion, I believe that construction management is the only career path that could give me the satisfaction that I need. I am very eager and excited about taking up this major in college. I possess the skills, motivation, determination, and ambition needed to successfully succeed in this field.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 13, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 13, 2024.

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