James L. Allhands Essay Competition

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

AGC Education and Research Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Three awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a full-time student.
  3. Must enroll in a construction or construction-oriented civil engineering program.
  4. Must be a college junior or senior who is enrolled in a four- or five-year Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)- or American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)-accredited university.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Current college seniors who are enrolled full tim in a construction-oriented civil engineering program are eligible to apply for this award. Applications are available online from the American General Contractors (AGC) website.

Application requirements for the James L. Allhands Essay Competition are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Nomination
Additional Information: The James L. Allhands Award is administered by the AGC Education and Research Foundation. The Allhands Essay Competition is for college seniors, and this award is made possible through a generous contribution to the AGC Foundation by the late James L. Allhands, one of the founding members of The Associated General Contractors of America. Mr. Allhands was a prolific writer of construction-related books and wanted his work continued by today's students. All essays will be evaluated by a team of contractors and educators from the AGC Foundation Board of Directors. It should be noted that the following items are MAJOR considerations in judging the entries: grammar, clear expression of thought, originality and unique ideas, thorough coverage of subject matter, specific examples to support opinions, neatness, creativity, adherence to competition guidelines for essay length, and meeting submission deadlines. Winners will be notified in February, and checks will be mailed in March. No cash substitutions will be provided if the first-place winner chooses not to participate in the convention trips. Public announcement will be made by the AGC Foundation President at the AGC Annual Convention in March.

Award Amount: One first-place award of $1,000 and a trip to AGC Annual Convention (includes roundtrip airfare, plus meals and lodging for five days), one second-place award of $500, and one third-place award of $300. All awards are made on an annual basis, and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,800.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, November 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, November 15

Applications are available online from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) website. Each contestant must submit a double-spaced, typewritten essay of no more than 10 total pages including a title page, bibliography, charts and graphs. The 10-page limit does not include the required cover title page and a one page abstract. The essay must address the topic listed on the application form. Each applicant should react to the topic statement using research and real world examples to support his/her position. Each essay should contain at least three references to support the author's position. These references should be used minimally to support the author's unique position, rather than comprise the majority of the essay. In addition to the essay, the student must submit the following: a completed checklist, which is included in the application; a 100-word abstract that summarizes the essay; a letter from a faculty sponsor that confirms the student's full-time status and class; and a notification of receipt, which is included in the application. The faculty sponsor must ensure that the essay is proofed for grammar and technical errors, and that the essay is ready for publication. Each student must electronically submit his/her essay, abstract, a letter from the his/her faculty sponsor, and the checklist found on page two of the application. Application packets should be emailed to [email protected] by 11:59 pm on the deadline date.
About AGC Education and Research Foundation:
Contact Information: Melinda Patrician, Director of Programs
Address: 2300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 400 Arlington, Virginia 22201

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