The winner of our 2020 Sam Reed Scholarship is Bryan Roberts of Auburn University. Bryan is majoring in building science and carries a 3.68 GPA.
While in high school, Bryan never considered going to college because he had no way of paying for it. But after high school graduation, he began working for a small general contractor who encouraged him to continue furthering his education. After three years of working more than 60 hours per week and attending night classes, Bryan saved enough money to transfer to Auburn.
“I take a lot of pride in my education and I have worked extremely hard to make it a reality for myself,” he said. “I am the first person in my family to attend college.”
Bryan has not forgotten the meaning of hard work and continues to work construction during the summer as a field intern engineer for Holder Construction. During the school year, he is an active member of Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society, and is outreach director for the DBIA Chapter.
Bryan will be awarded a $5,000 check for being selected as this year’s Sam Reed Scholarship.
In 2016, Sam Reed was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that tragically led to his passing at far too early an age. To honor his life, the ACIA established the Sam Reed Scholarship to honor a student at Auburn University enrolled in Building Science, Architecture, or Engineering. The scholarship has been in place for four years.