The “Bring a Student to EEBA” scholarship fund successfully launched in 2018 allowing students from across the U.S. and Canada to attend the High Performance Home Summit. Sponsors contributed almost $16,000 to bring winning participants of the 2018 U.S Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition to the Summit. The student teams were given the opportunity to present their projects to Summit attendees and also attended many networking events where they made valuable connections with many industry professionals.
“We were blown away by how welcoming EEBA members were,” says Sara Turner of the University of Waterloo. “We had such a positive experience learning more about building science through the seminars and activities.”
Each scholarship provided one student with full Summit registration and meals, double-occupancy for three hotel nights, tickets for networking events, and a transportation stipend. Sponsors of the scholarship fund are fully committed to bringing young, new talent into the building industry and acknowledge the responsibility is partially theirs to raise up the next generation of building science professionals.
"Never before have we as an industry seen innovation like we are today," said Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer at Mandalay Homes, and EEBA President-Elect. “Manufacturers are bringing new, exciting products to market constantly. Creative new thinking will be the key to integrating these innovations into high performance homes for the good of the industry. The next generation of builder thinkers coming up through colleges and trade schools will be the leaders of tomorrow to tackle these opportunities."
EEBA will continue fundraising efforts throughout the year to enable interested students to attend and participate in both regional trainings as well as future High Performance Home Summits. Please consider a donation to this worthy cause and help build the next generation of high performance building professionals.