Student Chapter Awards & Grants

JRGF underwrites several student chapter grants and awards as part of its support for the MCAA Career Development Initiative. This is yet another component of JRGF’s commitment to funding the mechanical contracting industry’s most critical human resource needs.

Student Chapter of the Year Award

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The $3,000 award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement and career development.

Those eligible for this award are chartered students chapters or chapters designated to be chartered at the next MCAA convention.

2023-2024 Chapter of the Year Application – Due December 15, 2023 by 4:00 PM CST

Please contact Michele Hoffman if you have any questions. 


Year Student Chapter of the Year Award Recipients
2001-2002 University of Nebraska
2002-2003 Ferris State University
2003-2004 Purdue University
2004-2005 Purdue University
2005-2006 Purdue University
2006-2007 University of Wisconsin-Stout
2007-2008 Purdue University
2008-2009 Ferris State University
2009-2010 Illinois State University
2010-2011 Ferris State University
2011-2012 Illinois State University
2012-2013 Purdue University
2013-2014 Kennesaw State University
2014-2015 Milwaukee School of Engineering
2015-2016 University Missouri-Columbia
2016-2017 University of Nebraska
2017-2018 Iowa State University
2018-2019 Pittsburg State University
2019-2020 University of Nebraska
2020-2021 University of Nebraska
2021-2022 University of Maryland, College Park
2022-2023 University of Nebraska

Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes MCAA student chapter faculty advisors for serving as advisors, educators, and mentors of students who plan to develop a professional career with the mechanical construction industry. This $5,000 award honors the involvement and engagement of our industry’s academic leaders.

2023-2024 Educator of the Year Nomination – Due December 15, 2023 by 4:00 PM CST

Please contact Michele Hoffman if you have any questions. 


Year Educator of the Year Recipients University
2002-2003 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska
2003-2004 Daryl Oath Purdue University
2004-2005 Tim Wentz University of Nebraska
2005-2006 Mostafa Khattab Colorado State University
2006-2007 Greg Baker Oregon State University
2007-2008 Keith Rahn Illinois State University
2008-2009 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2009-2010 John E. Schaufelberger University of Washington
2010-2011 Mike Feutz Ferris State University
2011-2012 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2012-2013 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2013-2014 Daphene Koch Purdue University
2014-2015 Maureen Weidner Kennesaw State University
2015-2016 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2016-2017 Mostafa Khattab, Dennis Pettitt, Colorado State University Colorado State University
2017-2018 Brad Perkins Iowa State University
2018-2019 Blake Wentz Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019-2020 Cristina Cosma Wentworth Institute of Technology
2020-2021 Sherif Attallah Ball State University
2021-2022 Jacob Nelson Missouri State University
2022-2023 Marie Patterson California State University, Chico

Emerging Chapter Grant

MCAA/JRGF seek to award newly founded MCAA student chapters with an Emerging Chapter Grant to help get the ball rolling on creating a sustainable student chapter. In order to apply, a student chapter must be less than 5 years from receiving their charter and show their commitment to building a successful student chapter. Applications will be reviewed by MCAA’s Career Development Committee and each new student chapter has the opportunity to receive this grant up to 3 times within 5 years of receiving their charter.

Inactive chapters may also apply for the Emerging Chapter Grant to assist in their chapter’s rebuilding efforts and will be reviewed by the Career Development Committee on a case by case basis. Inactive chapters may only receive this grant 1 time. An inactive chapter is defined as not having any attendees at MCAA national events for 5 or more years (MCAA’s Annual Convention, MSCA Annual Education Conference, and GreatFutures Forum).

Emerging Chapter Grant Application – Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please contact Michele Hoffman if you have any questions.


Year Emerging Chapter Grant Recipients
2007 University of Maryland
2007 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2007 University of Cincinatti
2007 Northern Kentucky University
2007 University of Nebraska at Omaha
2007 Iowa State University
2008 Kent State University
2008 Pittsburg State University
2008 Bradley University
2009 Kent State University
2009 Weber State University
2009 McMaster University
2009 Sacramento State University
2009 California State University, Chico
2010 Northern Kentucky University
2010 Central Washington University
2010 Western Carolina University
2010 Florida International University
2011 Oregon State University
2011 Binghamton University
2011 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2011 Minnesota State University Moorhead
2012 Fairleigh Dickinson University
2012 Minnesota State University Moorhead
2012 Oregon State University
2012 Binghamton University
2013 Binghamton University
2013 Kansas State University
2013 University of Nebraska at Omaha
2014 Binghamton University – SUNY
2014 Central Washington University
2014 Kansas State University
2014 University of Waterloo (Canada)
2015 Western Illinois University
2015 Washington State University
2015 Bradley University
2016 Ball State University
2017 University Missouri-Columbia
2017 Indiana State University
2017 Ball State University
2017 Western Illinois University
2017 University of Southern California
2017 Missouri State University
Ball State University
Indiana State University
Missouri State University
University of Southern California
Western Illinois University
2019 Alfred State University
2019 Missouri State University
2020 Bowling Green State University
2020 Cypress College
2020 Northern Kentucky University
2020 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus
2022 Alfred State
2022 Indiana State University
2022 Utica University
2022 SUNY Buffalo State University
2022 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2023 SUNY Buffalo State University
2023 Utica University
2023 Alfred Sate College
2023 Cypress College
2023 Riverside City College
2023 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Attendance Scholarships

JRGF provides a select number of Attendance Scholarships for MCAA Student Chapter members to attend MCAA events of interest.

  • One application may be submitted by a student on behalf of each chapter, per conference.  
  • Up to two students & one advisor may be requested per conference. 
  • Attendance Scholarship recipients receive complimentary conference registration, but are responsible for their own hotel fees, flights, ground transportation and additional meals not provided during the conference. 
  • The MCAA GreatFutures Forum and MCAA Annual Convention do not require attendance scholarships. 
  • Visit the full MCAA Calendar of Events ( for additional information on any of the upcoming conferences.

APPLICATIONS – Links will be live when the application period is available.

  1. 2024 MEP Innovation Conference: January 29-31 in Orlando, FL
    • Due October 20, 2023

  2. 2024 Safety Conference: January 16-18 in Tucson, AZ
    • Due October 20, 2023

  3. 2024 WiMI Conference: June 10-12 in Cleveland, OH
    • Available March 8, 2024 & Due March 29, 2024

  4. 2024 MSCA Annual Education Conference: September 22-25 in Colorado Springs, CO
    • Available April 17, Due May 15, 2024

Please contact Michele Hoffman if you have any questions.