CIAP Awards Industry Scholarships to College Students

Wed December 04, 2002 - Northeast Edition

Thirty students attending New Jersey colleges recently received scholarships from the Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey (CIAP).

The 2002 scholarships were awarded to New Jersey civil engineering and construction technology undergraduates completing a 12-week construction industry field experience and totaled nearly $75,000.

“These students are truly the builders of tomorrow,” said John Clearwater, CIAP’s managing director. “The scholarship winners dedicated a great deal of time and effort in gaining work experience in the construction industry. The construction industry is pleased to help them complete their education and advance their career goals.”

Scholarship applicants must complete a comprehensive field experience, which includes working closely with heavy and highway contractors, taking estimates, reviewing drawings, inspecting and testing completed work.

The scholarship program is open to New Jersey college juniors and seniors who participate in their school’s construction education program.

Here are the winners of the CIAP 2002 scholarships:

New Jersey Institute of Technology

• Joseph Accuso III, Newark, NJ

• Leroy Bishop, Hillside, NJ

• Crystal Cooper, Rockaway, NJ

• Brian Cooper, East Brunswick, NJ

• Hubert Estela, Newark, NJ

• Jean Go, Belleville, NJ

• Pablo Lemus, Union City, NJ

• Donald Luxama, Union, NJ

• Gilda Michel, Newark, NJ

• Emily Osborne, Hoboken, NJ

• Bethzayda Rivera, Jersey City, NJ

• Christian Sammarco, Woodbridge, NJ

• Dianne Spinelli Staten Island, NY

• Daniel Wolaniuk, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Rowan University

• Stacy Bush, Westville, NJ

• Stephen Gomba, Cream Ridge, NJ

• Matthew Magill, Wayne, NJ

• Sarah Ross, Pine Hill, NJ

• Rosie Tortorice, Deptford, NJ

• Joseph Weaver, Ewing, NJ

Rutgers University

• Seth Buchanan, Stockton, NJ

• Sean Daly, Leonia, NJ

• Tyson Davis, Brooklyn, NY

• Christopher Marx, Freehold, NJ

• Thomas McGhee, Mountain Lakes, NJ

• James Mellett, Berlin, NJ

• Amanda Palmatier, Scotch Plains, NJ

Stevens Institute of


• Lisa Marie Ditto, Brooklyn, NY

• Martin Downs, New York, NY

• Brooke Johnson, Brooklyn, NY.

Participating contractors, consultants and public owners included the following: Anselmi & DeCicco Inc., Bovis Lend Lease, Conti Enterprises, Earle Asphalt, George Harms Construction Company Inc., J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc., Perini Corporation, Prismatic Development Corporation, RCC Fabricators Inc., APG- American Industry, Consulting Engineer Services, The Delaware River and Bay Authority, Epic Inc., Hudson County Engineering Division, M.J. Paquet Inc., Port Authority of NY and NJ, Railroad Construction Company and Slattery Skanska Inc.

Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey is a non-profit trusteeship. It provides construction education, construction scholarships, construction research, improvement and standardization of public sector contracts and technical specifications and promotion for the New Jersey construction industry.

Applications for next year’s scholarship awards are due in January 2003. Entry information is available by contacting CIAP at 732/732-8636 or visiting the CIAP Web site at