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Herman J. Smith/National Housing Endowment Scholarship

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The National Housing Endowment/Herman J. Smith Scholarship was created to honor Herman J. Smith and his lifelong commitment to the housing industry and the education of future generations of home builders.

Herman J. Smith, a builder and developer in Tarrant County, Texas, and surrounding areas, served his local, state, and National Association of Home Builders as President during his lifetime. He was inducted into the National Association of Home Builder?s Housing Hall of Fame in 1987. His philanthropic contributions throughout the years benefited his church, his community, his industry, and his peers. His dedicated leadership and his exemplary life will remain as an inspiration to all those lives he touched during his lifetime. In keeping with his favorite motto, "always leave the woodpile higher than you found it," the Herman J. Smith/National Housing Endowment Scholarship fund commemorates this outstanding Texas legend and honors his lifelong commitment to both the housing industry and to the education of future generations of home builders.


The applicant must be registered as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student for the Fall term and have at least one full academic year of course work remaining after the scholarship is awarded. Note: Students who will be a fifth year senior during the award year are NOT eligible.
High school seniors are not eligible to apply.
The applicant must be majoring in construction management, mortgage finance, or a construction related field at an accredited 4-year institution.
The applicant must demonstrate an interest in obtaining employment in the construction industry, mortgage finance, or a construction related field upon graduation.
Preference will be given to:
1. applicants who are legal residents of Texas or attend an institution in Texas.
2. students who are current members (or will be a member in the upcoming semester) of a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) with both A) elected officers and B) a demonstrated program of activities. Students whose school does not have a chapter are still welcome to apply.
Preference may be given to applicants who are juniors or seniors.

Terms of Award:

Scholarships will be awarded, distributed over two semesters.
Second semester awards are contingent upon the student maintaining full-time status and good academic standing.

Please Submit:

If you are not sure how to answer a question, call 800-368-5242 x8483 for assistance.

NAHB Student Chapter Activities section: If your institution does not have an NAHB student chapter, indicate so in this section. Your application will not be adversely affected.

2. Transcript(s) and Course Requirements An official transcript from all institutions you have attended is required.
Transcripts must include a cumulative GPA. If your transcript does not show a cumulative GPA, request that a school official confirm the information on school letterhead with his or her signature.
If coursework and grades from a previously attended institution are included on your current institution transcript, you do not need to submit a separate transcript from the previous institution.
If you have completed less than 4 semesters of college work, you must also submit an official high school transcript.

Additionally, a copy of the course requirements of the construction management program you are pursuing is required.

3. Recommendations Three recommendation forms are included with this application packet and must be returned with your application. The Academic Recommendation must be completed by an instructor or advisor who is familiar with your academic work. The Professional Recommendation should be completed by a current or former supervisor or employer. The Personal Recommendation should be completed by someone who knows you well and can vouch for your personal character. Allow your recommender at least two weeks to complete your recommendation.

Each recommendation should be sealed in an envelope with the recommender's signature written across the seal and returned directly to the applicant for inclusion in the application. Note: Applications with fewer than 3 recommendations will not be considered.

All selection decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Applications and support papers become the sole property of the National Housing Endowment and will not be returned.

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