MCC / NRMCA High School Essay Contest

The Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) is dedicated to advancing education, technical practice, scientific investigation and research into cast-in-place concrete materials and construction by organizing the efforts of its members as a non-profit service organization. Individual memberships and member companies represent design, construction and support industries associated with reinforced and post-tensioned concrete construction throughout Minnesota. MCC is a State Affiliate of NRMCA.

Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is the leading industry advocate. NRMCA’s mission is to provide exceptional value for its members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice.

The Annual National High School Essay Contest is open to students between the ages of 16-18 at the beginning of a school term. The purpose of the contest is to increase awareness of the ready mixed concrete industry among our younger generation while looking to develop the next generation of industry leaders. Competitions are first held at the state level and those winners proceed to the national competition. The winner of the Minnesota contest will receive a $500 scholarship and the winning essay will be forwarded on for inclusion in the national competition. The winner of the national contest is flown, along with a parent or guardian, to NRMCA's Annual Convention and will receive either a $2,000 or $5,000 scholarship based on the winner’s chosen field of study.

The rules are as follows:
Open to all high school students ages 16-18 at the beginning of the school term. An entry form must be included with all essays. That form, along with the essay and a photo of the student, must be forwarded to MCC by the specified December 1, 2016. Entries must be typed, double-spaced and not exceed 600 words. Essays will be judged on content and writing ability (grammar, style, clarity, etc.). Possible themes include concrete's benefits to society; how concrete affects the environment and using concrete to build homes, commercial buildings, bridges or roads. Essays should demonstrate a student's awareness of concrete's role as a building material in homes, commercial buildings, streets and highways.

The entries received by MCC will be judged by members the MCC scholarship committee, board of directors and staff. The winning Minnesota entry will win a $500 scholarship and their entry will be forwarded for inclusion in the national competition. The entries received by NRMCA will be judged by industry executives and college/university faculty members with a concrete-related background.

In addition to being NRMCA's guest at the convention and being introduced at the convention's business session, the national high school essay contest winner will also receive a scholarship of $5,000 if he or she enrolls for freshman year in a concrete-related curriculum such as the Concrete Industry Management programs offered at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, California State University at Chico and Texas State University in San Marcos. Other eligible programs would include those at Alpena College in Michigan or Rhodes State College in Ohio, or other majors directly related to the concrete industry, such as those for construction materials science/engineering. Should the winner not choose to enroll in a concrete-related curriculum, he or she will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the freshman year at the college of his or her choice. All entries will receive a certificate of appreciation for entering the contest along with a notification of the winner.

Click HERE to download the rules and entry form. 

Questions? Please contact Margaret Mills, Administrator of the Minnesota Concrete Council at 651-482-9549 or via e-mail at margaret@mnconcretecouncil.com

Entry form, essay and picture of the student needs to be received by MCC no later than December 1, 2016.
Send entry to: Minnesota Concrete Council – PO Box 116 – Rosemount, MN 55068 or e-mail to margaret@mnconcretecouncil.com



MCC Scholarship Criteria and Procedure

The Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) is dedicated to advancing education, technical practice, scientific investigation and research into cast-in-place concrete materials and construction by organizing the efforts of its members as a non-profit service organization. Individual memberships and member companies represent design, construction and support industries associated with reinforced and post-tensioned concrete construction throughout Minnesota. 

MCC is committed to encouraging students to pursue careers in concrete-related fields and to enhance the level of professionalism and industry engagement of our Minnesota students.  MCC recognizes that even small financial awards can make a difference to defer the high cost of education.  Therefore, MCC will award up to four $500 scholarships on a yearly basis to students who are involved in concrete-related organizations and activities such as American Concrete Institute (ACI) Chapters, Concrete Canoe Team, working in the concrete industry or other suck concrete related technical activities.  In addition, MCC will provide complimentary one year MCC student membership and complimentary registration for all education breakfasts and the MCC Awards program to each scholarship winner.

Students applying for the MCC Scholarship must complete and submit the application and meet the following criteria:

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Student's home address must be in Minnesota OR student must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary Minnesota school (college, university of vocational/technical)

  • Student must be pursuing an education in technical/professional fields associated with the cast-in-place concrete industry (engineering, material science, geology, construction management, drafting, practitioner, etc.)

  • Student must have an interest in concrete materials and/or concrete construction.

Submittal Process and Timeline:


  • Download application HERE

  • Completed applications and essay must be received by December 1, 2015

  • Student applications will be reviewed based on the criteria below.

  • Selected applicants will be interviewed in person or by web connection by January 15, 2016

  • The MCC scholarship(s) will be awarded at the MCC Awards Program on February 25, 2016.

  • The scholarship recipients are expected to attend a minimum of one MCC event sometime in the 2016 school year.

Evaluation:


  • Applicants will be evaluated on involvement in concrete-related activities, work experience (such as internships and research in concrete-related fields) and on the written essay.


Questions? Please contact Margaret Mills, Administrator of the Minnesota Concrete Council at 651-482-9549 or via e-mail at margaret@mnconcretecouncil.com

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