James L. Allhands Essay Competition

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James L. Allhands Essay Competition

The AGC Education and Research Foundation is inviting the applicants to apply for the James L. Allhands Essay Competition. The program is open to any senior-level student in a four or five–year ABET or ACCE–accredited university construction management or construction-related engineering program.

The award recognizes such students who can describe their own words on a specific topic describing the benefits to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry. The recipient will be provided with funds for further studies.

The Associated General Contractors of America works to ensure the continued success of the commercial construction industry by advocating for federal, state, and local measures that support the industry. The foundation is providing opportunities for firms to learn about ways to become more accomplished.

Who May Be Eligible?

To be eligible, the candidates must meet up with all the following criteria:

  • Must be any full-time students who have attained a four-year or five-year senior-level standing in a four-year ABET or ACCE-accredited university construction or construction-related engineering program is eligible to compete for the Award.
  • Class status and full-time registration of the student must be verified in a letter from the faculty sponsor of the applicant’s major department.
  • Each essay may only have one author, and each author may submit only one essay.

How to Apply

All participants who are eligible according to the above criteria need to submit their essay along with the application to Foundation Director Melinda Patrician electronically via email at patricianm@agc.org to get considered for the Award.

Supporting Documents

  • The topic for the essay competition is “How New, Innovative Technology and Project Execution Tools and Techniques Can Be Used to Improve the Construction Process (Including Safety and Efficiency).”
  • In your essay, please address, as a minimum, the following discussion points related to the topic
  • Using research and examples from your own experience to support your position.
  • Identify and describe that Innovative Technology.
  • Project Execution Tools and Techniques that you feel could improve the construction process
  • What is your own experience with these technologies, tools techniques?
  • How is the construction industry addressing this issue?
  • What are the potential advantages and disadvantages?
  • What are your suggestions for addressing challenges?
  • Discuss the role that an organization such as the AGC.
  • Might play in addressing issues related to this topic?


The deserving winners of the competition will be rewarded with the below-mentioned prizes:

  • First Prize, Student: A $1,000 and a trip to the 2021 AGC Annual Convention. This includes round-trip airfare, plus meals and lodging for five days.
  • First Prize, Faculty: A $500 and a trip for the faculty sponsor to the 2021 AGC Annual Convention. This includes round-trip airfare, plus meals and lodging for five days.
  • Second Prize, Student: $500
  • Third Prize, Student: $300

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the scholarship program is November 15, 2020.

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