Scholarships & School Grants

For 40 years, the Marquette Builders Exchange has been awarding scholarships to U.P. students who are continuing their education in construction. Areas of study have included: industrial maintenance, welding, masonry, plumbing, carpentry, architecture, engineering, drafting, electrical, and construction management. Over the years, those students have gone on to be successful and integral members of the U.P. work force.

Scholarships for U.P. High School Seniors:

The Marquette Builders Exchange is awarding two $500 scholarships to U.P. high school seniors who will be furthering their education in 2023 in order to pursue careers in the construction industry. To apply, fill out the application and return it, along with a letter of reference and a high school transcript, by Mar 30, 2023. Download the application here (PDF). 

Apprenticeship Scholarships:

Upper Peninsula residents who are completing a DOL certified apprenticeship program in a field of construction are eligible to apply for one of four apprenticeship scholarships in 2023. To apply, fill out the application and return it, along with a copy of your official registration. The deadlines are Feb 1 and Oct 1. Two awards will be given out for each deadline. Download the application here (PDF). 

School Grants:

The Marquette Builders Exchange will be designating funds for 2023 to provide U.P. schools with help updating their industrial arts & building trades classrooms, or purchasing tools, safety equipment, or supplies for projects. Funds can also be used to providing bussing to competitions or events.  Check back for the 2023 application in January 2023.

Schools Funded: 

  • 2019 – Gwinn High School – $3,000 for lumber & supplies to build saunas in the building trades class
  • 2019 -Republic High School – $1,000 for electrical improvements to the industrial arts classroom
  • 2020 – Engadine High School – $1,560 for carpentry tools, hands tools, power equipment, and safety supplies
  • 2021 – Superior Central School – $617 to purchase a miter saw. See their thank you video!
  • 2021 – Gwinn Middle/High School – $735 for drafting tables
  • 2021 – Gwinn Elementary – $108 to purchase math books
  • 2021 – Dickinson-Iron ISD in Iron Mountain – $629 to purchase a miter saw
  • 2021 – Delta-Schoolcraft ISD in Escanaba – $2,000 for lumber/supplies to build a mezzanine for tool storage
  • 2021 – Delta-Schoolcraft ISD in Manistique – $1050 for cordless nail guns
  • 2022 – Gwinn Middle/High School – $1,000 towards Geometry in Construction teacher training
  • 2022 – Delta-Schoolcraft ISD in Escanaba – $1,400 for metal roofing to complete the mezzanine
  • 2022 – Superior Central School – $600 to purchase two cordless circular saws 
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Other Scholarships & Assistance: 

To apply for the Home Builders Association of the U.P. Scholarship, click here.

Other opportunities are available for students pursuing Career & Technical Education degrees by contacting the CTE Committee of Marquette & Alger Counties. Please visit MARESA’s CTE website to learn more.


Photo Collection of Scholarships & School Grants Awarded

Past High School Scholarship Winners: 

2022
Nicholas Anderson, Luther L Wright K-12
Brenten Belanger, Negaunee High School
Connor Erickson, Kingsford High School
Jordana Hardy, Gwinn High School
Austin Jordan, Hancock Central High School
Jenna Olkkonen, Kingsford High School
Westen Owens, Iron Mountain High School

2021
Scott Pendergraft, Escanaba High School
Dante Basanese, Iron Mountain High School
Natalie Monette, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
Aiden Christianson, Rapid River High School

2020
Logan Chaudier, Negaunee High School
Drew DuShane, Negaunee High School
Heston Roberts, North Star Academy
Ryan Taylor, Manistique High School
Noah Weaver, Escanaba High School

2019
Austin Brewer, Westwood High School
Noah Jacko, Kingsford High School
Theo Kumpala, Negaunee High School
Thomas LaFave, Ishpeming High School
Jacob Maxon, Iron Mountain High School
Joseph Roell, North Dickinson County School

2018
Kyle Hupp, Chassell Township Schools
Gabriel Johnson, North Dickinson High School
Blaine Reinhart, Escanaba High School
Kalysta Sormunen, Marquette Alternative High School

2017
Austin Alexa, North Dickinson High School
Matthew Chard, Houghton High School
Heather Harris, Kingsford High School
Clayton Johnson, Escanaba High School
Levi Lindberg, Ewen-Trout Creek High School
Natasha Smith, Escanaba High School

2016
Daryn Carter, Marquette High School
Derek Carter, Marquette High School
Joe Ferzacca, Marquette High School
Tyler Rushford, Munising High School

2015
Andrew Heinonen, Westwood High School
Matthew Laiho, Westwood High School
Justin Beauchamp, Gwinn High School
Michael Remilong, Negaunee High School.

2014
Matthew Robert Anderson, Marquette High School
Cameron Verigin, Marquette High School
Samual Huron Lakenen, Marquette High School
Craig Ekstrum, Marquette High School
Haylee Lakenen, Gwinn High School

2013
Raymond Anderson, Westwood High School
Hunter Mahoski, Westwood High School
Dylan Dowrick, Marquette High School

2012
Andrew Jarvi, Republic-Michigamme High School
Zachary Niemi, Ishpeming High School
Laura Simula, Westwood High School
Danielle Vilona, Negaunee High School

2011
Dylan Etelamaki, Westwood High School
Rudy Goupille, Negaunee High School
Chad Laiho, Westwood High School
Kenneth Peterson, Ishpeming High School
Zachary Solka, Ishpeming High School

2010
Chase Elliot, Marquette High School
Samuel Genord, Ishpeming High School
James Rautio, Ishpeming High School
Devin Tapani, Negaunee High School

2009
Andrew Carlson, Ishpeming
Bradley St. Germain, Negaunee
Daniel VanAlstyne, Gwinn

2008
Travis Allen, Ishpeming
Matthew Barry, Republic-Michigamme
John Heikkila, Westwood
Kyle Kestila, Westwood

2007
Korin Blubaugh, Republic-Michigamme
Daniel Murray, Westwood
David Sutton, Marquette
Stephen Talaga, Negaunee

2006
Brian Bolm, Marquette
Steffanie Pepin, Westwood
Amy Ruona, Westwood
Jordon Skytta, Westwood
Eric Uuro, Ishpeming
Joshua Wiljanen, Westwood

2005
Timothy Barrette,  Negaunee
Jon Betz, Marquette
Erin Feeley, Marquette
Alisa Minard, Westwood

2004
Bryce Hattamer, Gwinn
Emily Mantila, Westwood
Eric Sibley, Westwood
Nicholas Thompson, Negaunee
Ryan Ward, Negaunee

2003
John Bauman, Negaunee
Jacob Carlson, Westwood
Michael Jakubowski, Gwinn

2002
John Carstens, Marquette
Raquel Magdaleno, Gwinn
Paul J. Skoglund, Gwinn

2001
Brenna N. Barney, Gwinn
Andrew M. Buck, Ishpeming
Randy Makela, Marquette
Robert Noe, Gwinn
Eric J. Pietila, Gwinn

2000
Andrew Luehmann, Ishpeming
Adam Manty, Westwood
Jennifer Tapio, Republic-Michigamme

1999
Mark Anderson, Gwinn
Amanda Angeli, Marquette
Bruce A. Cram, Jr., Gwinn
Marguerite Ledebuhr, Gwinn
Joel Prusi, Republic-Michigamme

1998
Melissa Beltz, Gwinn
David Green, Gwinn
Anthony Parkinson, Republic-Michigamme
Benjamin Ranta, Ishpeming
Nicole Silva, Gwinn

1997
Lee Ahola, Westwood
Brian Frustaglio, Negaunee
Travis Hongisto, Westwood
John Larson, Negaunee
Trever Nicholas, Ishpeming

1996
Joseph J. Eppert, Republic-Michigamme
Karl Haapala, Westwood
Jeff Gregorich, Marquette
Gabriel J. Seelen, Ishpeming

1995
Cory Bushong, Westwood
Johanna Kasubowski, Westwood
Andrew Kotila, Negaunee
Aaron Oja, Republic-Michigamme
Todd Wills, Gwinn

Let us know if you were a recipient of a scholarship before 1995!

Past Apprenticeship Scholarship Winners:

2022
Sarah Wolenski, Carpenters & Millwrights
Jersie Skrzniarz, Electricians
Trevor Salmon, Plumbers & Pipefitters
Jamie Chandler, Plumbers & Pipefitters
Jason Palomaki, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Dylan Scott Trudell, Electricians

2021
Noah Brooks, Sheet Metal Workers
Justin Lindsay, Carpenters & Millwrights
Michael Tyner, Carpenters & Millwrights
Jacob Gentz, Carpenters & Millwrights