The deadline is approaching for the Building Hope Scholarship


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — March is National Women’s History Month, and 8 News Now honors women and organizations that have made a big impact in the community.

The Professional Women in Building Council hopes to attract more female students to the industry.

Gabrielle Squillante is a student who won the council’s Building Hope scholarship and says it has helped her achieve her dream job.

“Civil engineering alone is a lot of math and a lot of people. You can talk to a lot of people and coordinate and work with everyone on each of the designs,” she said.

Squillante says it’s been a year since she landed her dream job at Taney Engineering, but getting there was no easy task.

“My mom used to tell me, whatever you need to do an internship. I was frustrated because everyone was getting A’s on their exams and I was getting C’s because I didn’t have time to study. I’m so glad my mom told me to do this because the networking was huge,” she added.

Squillante’s mother works in the construction industry and encouraged her daughter to apply for the scholarship, which helped shape her career.

“The PWB wife is something else when it comes to support. I can go up to any of these women and ask them intense questions – I don’t know how to handle this type of situation and I know they take it seriously,” she told 8 News Now. .

The scholarship aims to help young women advance financially in their education and training and in fields related to the construction industry.

Squillante credits the scholarship and board support for helping her and other women play vital roles in an otherwise male-driven industry.

She has some advice for those looking for a similar path in the industry.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is so much to learn and so many people who are incredibly supportive and happy to teach and secondly to network,” she told 8 News Now.

Some of the qualifications for the scholarship are listed below.

  • Applicants must be full-time or part-time students at a college, university, or trade school
  • Applicants must be trained in a building-related degree program or in a vocational training program

The deadline to apply for the Building Hope Scholarship is April 30. For those wishing to apply or for more information on how to apply, click HERE.

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