Giving Back - Supporting our Community

The New River Valley is the community we call home, in most cases, for both our professional & personal lives. It is important to the NRVHBA to give back. In fact, it is our part of our mission. When you support one of our events, we are able to share pass that support through activities, events & Organizations like these:

  • Scholarships for NRV High School Students who are pursuing a college education in the construction industry at Virginia’s Colleges, Trade Schools and within Working Internships. To learn more, Visit us at http://www.nrvhba.com/about-nrvhba/scholarship for more information on the NRVHBA Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship.
  • NRVHBA charitable donations include time, Service and funds to programs such as: Toys for Tots, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP), & NRV Habitat for Humanity. 
  • Growth of Community & Family events like Touch-A-Truck where we encourage children to experience the Building Industry first hand. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/Touch.A.Truck.NRV/

NRVHBA Awards Annual Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship

[Christiansburg, VA] June 25, 2020 — The New River Valley Home Builders Association (NRVHBA) is excited to announce the recipient of the annual Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship.

The mission of the NRVHBA Scholarship Committee is to support the future growth of the construction industry by providing aid to deserving students planning to enroll in construction-related studies at Virginia's colleges, trade schools and within working internships.

The NRVHBA requests applications from graduating high school students in Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski, Floyd, Wythe, and Carroll Counties, as well as the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and the City of Radford.

This year, the NRVHBA is proud to announce Isaac McHone, of Max Meadows, as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient. Though many outstanding applications were received, Isaac’s combined educational, extracurricular, and work experience pushed him to the top of the group.

Isaac became interested in learning about the trades after building a house with his dad. He took building trades classes in his junior and senior years at Fort Chiswell High School and is looking forward to furthering his career in the plumbing field. He has been accepted to Wytheville Community College and plans to earn his Master Plumber license. The NRVHBA looks forward to having Isaac as a future building industry member of the community and wishes him luck in his educational and career endeavors.

About the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship: Rick Whitney came to the New River Valley area in 1997 and was employed as Vice President of Construction for SAS Construction, LLC. Rick was instrumental in developing and constructing Knollwood Townhomes, the Glen, and The Meadows at Northside Park, Cedarfield Subdivision and Cedarfield Apartments. He became an avid member of the New River Valley Home Builders Association in 1997, Builder Director in 1997, Vice President in 1998 and President of the Association in 1999. As a father, Rick recognized the importance of education to young people. To encourage others to pursue their dreams, this scholarship was established to honor his many accomplishments.

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Kent Adams of Christiansburg receives 2018 Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship

We are excited to announce Kent Adams of Christiansburg as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient. We had many impressive applicants, but in the end Kent's entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy made him stand out. 

Kent has been interested in building things ever since he was a child. He started his own business when he was 13 and started out installing fences as well as plumbing, underground water and electrical lines. He still has a business today called Appalachian Property Maintenance, Inc. in which he employs 4 of his classmates. He has even compted in Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference and placed at a state level.

At such a young age, Kent is already creating jobs for his peers and instilling his love of building in others, helping to build the future of construction in our area. For this reason, we selected Kent as the recipient of this scholarship. This Fall he will be attending Virginia Tech for  engineering and business administration while working to obtain his contractors' license and continuing his local business. We cannot wait to see this young man grow his building business and crush his goals. Well done, Kent! 

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This year's scholarship recipent is Landon Bell of Christiansburg

This year, we are proud to announce Landon Bell, of Christiansburg, as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient. Though we received many outstanding applications, in the end, we choose the student whom we believe will impact the building industry here within the NRV.

As a child, Landon discovered a love of seeing things develop. It was this love which has lead him to pursue a degree of Building Construction with a concertation on management. To further his knowledge of the industry, Landon will also seek a real state minor which will help him sustain a career.

Landon Bell is a fabulous example of a student and future building industry member we would be proud to have in the NRV. He already values the NRVHBA Codes of Ethics and we look forward to watching him grow and meet his personal life goals. 

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Toys for Tots Donation at the Holiday Dinner

A huge thanks to our members who stepped up and brought gifts to donate to less fortunate families during the families. Hank Ross, from the US Marine Corp's Toys for Tots Program, left the evening with a full heart, a car load of toys, and a cash donation to help supplement any additional supplies they need.  A big thanks for all they do in our area to help children have a Christmas! 

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