Thirty Students Receive Scholarships From Building Industry Charitable Foundation


Over the past sixteen years, the Building Industry Charitable Foundation has awarded $496,500 in scholarships to children of Association members and other students who meet criteria set for the program.  This month, the Building Industry Charitable Foundation will award an additional $47,000 to students.  The scholarship program is funded by annual events, including the BIA Golf Classic and through private contributions to the Foundation.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipients:

  • Meghan Andrews, Clemson University
  • Devin Beckley, The Citadel
  • Meagan Bostic, University of South Carolina
  • William Matthew Bostic, Clemson University
  • Justin Bouknight, Wofford College
  • Christopher C. Brown, Clemson University
  • Robert Byrd, University of South Carolina
  • Perry Eugene Bumgarner III, University of South Carolina
  • William Walker Cate, Clemson University
  • Bailey Chumney, University of South Carolina
  • Franklin David Clark, Winthrop University
  • Aubrey M. Delk, Clemson University
  • Marshall Grace Fite, University of South Carolina
  • Grant Haney, University of South Carolina
  • Jacob Harding, The Citadel
  • Thomas Watkins Hollingsworth, University of South Carolina
  • Hannah Jur, University of South Carolina
  • Elizabeth Carwile LaFitte, Midlands Technical College
  • Natalie Lewis, University of South Carolina
  • Nathan Edward Long, Midlands Technical College
  • Caroline MacGillivray, College of Charleston Honors College
  • Jake Mimnaugh, Coastal Carolina University
  • Maigan Nieri, Clemson University
  • Garrett Nix, Newberry College
  • Katherine Nix, Columbia College
  • Austin Rogers, Clemson University
  • Frances Louise Sadler, Clemson University
  • Ryan Sheard, The Citadel
  • Dreher Shuler, University of South Carolina
  • Blakeley Yandle, Clemson University

The HBA of Greater Columbia Charitable Foundation, Inc., now incorporated as the Building Industry Charitable Foundation, was established in 1993 under bequest from the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, which provided the initial funding.  The foundation was established for the purpose of providing assistance to those less fortunate, or otherwise deserving, for the betterment of the community.  The Foundation accomplishes its purpose by assisting individuals, programs and organizations in need. In January of 2015, the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia became the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina.

Building Industry Association members serving on the Board of Trustees are Ernie Magaro, Jr., Honorary Member; Michael Nieri, Great Southern Homes, Inc.; Earl McLeod, Building Industry Association; Jennifer Cannon, Century Glass; David Clark, Clark’s Services; John Covert, Covert Homes, LLC; Chandler Coggeshall, HOME Pest Control; Jimmy Derrick, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Jennifer Harding, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Kenneth Ormand, Kenneth E. Ormand, Jr., LLC; Zeke Riddle, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Marlene Sheard, Ameris Bank.

The work of the Building Industry Charitable Foundation provides assistance to programs benefiting young and old alike.  The Foundation, in its work, highlights the commitment and generosity of the building industry to a better quality of life for all residents of the Midlands of South Carolina.  To request aide, write to the Building Industry Charitable Foundation at 625 Taylor St., Columbia, SC  29201.  For more information on the BIA of Central South Carolina please see their website at or call (803) 256-6238.