3015 Camp Creek Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30344
404-763-2453 / 800-248-2453 / FAX 404-559-1531
A non-profit organization created in 1977 by the Home Builders Association of Georgia to honor the late Lewis B. Cenker – an outstanding Georgian and a national industry leader. Scholarships are awarded to qualified students seeking a career directly related to the home building industry.
The following have established special funds by making substantial contributions:
Ray M. Wright Fund
Bill and Barbara Beazley Fund
Jack Bowles Family Fund
John H. Cowart Family Foundation, Inc. Fund
Mark Herbert Family Fun
Dan & Beverly Saye Fund
John Wieland Fund
INFORMATION, CRITERIA AND APPLICATION FORM
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
Lewis Cenker was an Atlanta builder and lawyer who served as President of NAHB (the National Association of Home Builders) in 1974. He is the only Georgian to have served in that position. He was a founding member of HBAG (the Home Builders Association of Georgia) in 1955. He was President of the Home Builders Association of Atlanta in 1960 and served as President of HBAG in 1969.
Awards will be made in an amount established by the Trustees of the Fund.
Funding is obtained by contributions from local home builders associations and individual members. Donations may be in the form of cash, bonds, stock, real estate, etc. Individual, family or company funds may be set up within the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund and will be designated as special funds. Special named and recognized funds require a minimum contribution of $35,000. This amount is set by the Trustees of the Fund. All local home builders associations are encouraged to make annual contributions to set up a special named fund. Donations may be made with the stipulation that they are for endowment purposes only, and they shall not be disbursed. Currently, 5% of the value of assets at year end determines the amount of scholarship funds that will be disbursed in the following fiscal year. Download and print a copy of the contribution form here.
APPLICATION- Click here to download a copy of the application
In order to apply for a Lewis Cenker Scholarship, the application form must be completed, verified and processed through a local association, and received at the HBAG office by March 1st. Scholarship selections are made at a committee meeting held during the HBAG Spring Meeting each year. The address of HBAG is as follows:
Home Builders Association of Georgia
3015 Camp Creek Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30344
There are ten Trustees of the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund who comprise the scholarship selection committee. Their meetings are held during HBAG Board Meetings each fall and spring, with scholarship selections being made during the spring meeting. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, career goals, letters of recommendation, financial need, and other activities or services. Each of these areas is reviewed very carefully as the committee scores each application.
1. Applicants may be considered only if they will be entering or are continuing their education at an accredited post secondary institution or a certified technical school.
2. Applicant must be pursuing courses of study designed to train them in an area directly related to the home building industry.
3. Applicants must be submitted by builder or associate members of the Home Builders Association of Georgia through their local association. In the rare instance of members-at-large who have no local association office, they may submit directly to the HBAG office.
4. Applications must be received at the HBAG office no later than March 1st. Scholarships shall be awarded annually to be available for the fall semester of each school year. All awards will be mailed directly to the school, college, or university.
5. Scholarship amounts will vary. Awards may be made to cover actual training cost for full-time study in an accredited post secondary institution or an accredited technical school or to a level determined by the Fund's Trustees. Scholarship funds may be applied to cover actual expenses for tuition, fees, books and special supplies or tools necessary for study. Room/board costs may also be covered. Scholarship funds may only be applied toward actual expenses for items considered reasonable or routine for any student enrolled in the same program of study at the same institution.
6. Scholarships are awarded for a one-year period of study. Upon request from recipient, providing that all criteria have been met and maintained, extensions beyond the initial scholarship may be considered.
7. Applicant must have at least a grade average of "C" at the time of application, and must maintain a "C" or higher for each semester of study completed in order to remain on scholarship during subsequent semesters. Confirmation of a student's quarterly grades and grade point average must be submitted with this application by means of an official school transcript or grade report.
8. A student who is approved for scholarship support for full-time study in a particular post-secondary program area must continue study in that program area in order to remain eligible for this scholarship. Any change in the student's approved area of study must be requested in advance and in writing by the student and approved by the Trustees of the Fund for scholarship support to be maintained.
9. Scholarship awards shall be made with the expectation that the student will remain enrolled in full-time study through consecutive semesters or grading periods (Summer Quarter study not required). Any interruption in this method of continuous enrollment must be justified in writing to the Trustees of the Fund. Any unjustified interruption in the student's full-time study schedule may result in cancellation of the scholarship.
10. Applicant must provide evidence of his/her financial need. Most recently completed federal tax returns of student (if independent) or parents (if student is a dependant) must be submitted with the application.
Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund Directors
R.J. (Bobby) Cleveland, Jr.
HBAG Executive Vice-President
2012/2013 HBAG President