NRVHBA 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 enrolled in construction-related studies at Virginia’s Colleges, Trade Schools and within Working Internships. Each spring we will present a scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior who is interested in entering the Building Profession, including but not limited to architecture, drafting, building trades (electrical, plumbing, hvac), carpentry, contracting, and engineering.

 The NRVHBA is an active not-for profit organization. Please consider making a donation to NRVHBA to continue providing scholarships to our local students.

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2022 Scholarship Application Closed

2021 Scholarship Recipent - Ben Schmitt of Blacksburg, Virginia

Isaac McHone Winner smallWe are proud to announce Ben Schmitt, of Blacksburg, as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient for 2021! Ben became interested in the construction industry after building homes while on a mission trip in Mexico. He then started his own small business doing small construction and renovation projects. He has been accepted to Virginia Tech and plans to major in Building Construction. Congratulations Ben! We look forward to having you as a future building industry member of the community and wish you luck!




2020 Scholarship Recipent - Isaac McHone of Max Meadows, Virginia

Isaac McHone Winner smallThe 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.



2019 Scholarship Recipent - Carter Brockman of Christiansburg, Virginia

Sean and CarterThe New River Valley Home Builders Association would like to extend our congratulations to Carter Brockman of Auburn High School, who was named the 2019 Recipient of the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship. Carter plans to study Building Construction and Real Estate at Virginia Tech and eventually start his own construction business.

The Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship is one way that our association gives back to our community. Best of luck, Carter, at Virginia Tech!







2018 Scholarship Recipent - Kent Alexander Adams of Christiansburg, Virginia

3We 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! 


2017 Scholarship Recipent - Landon Bell of Christiansburg

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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. 





Richard S. Whitney, Jr.

December 5, 1949 - May 14, 2002

A Graduate of North Cross School and attended the University of Virginia and graduated from East Tennessee State University. Former Vice President of Homebuilders Association of Virginia. He served on a multitude of Homebuilders Association committees, many of which he served as chairman. In 1992 Rick was named RRHBA Builder of the Year. 

In 1997 he came to the New River Valley area. 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 Homebuilders Association in 1997, Builder Director in 1997, Vice President in 1998 and President of this Association in 1999. While active in the New River Valley Homebuilders he also found time to serve on the board of directors of the Virginia Community Development Corp, American Red Cross, the Blue Ridge Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau. He also served on the board of directors and was treasurer of the Jefferson Center Foundation.

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. He is sadly missed but will never be forgotten.