CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Oct. 6, 2004 – The Frank Robinson Construction Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
Frank Robinson Construction of Perryville, Mo., made a gift of $10,000 to the foundation to establish the scholarship.
The award will be given to a student attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center (PAHEC), with first preference given to employees or children of employees of Robinson Construction. Second preference will be given to students who are seeking a degree in technology. The PAHEC Scholarship Committee will select the recipient. The award is renewable.
Robinson graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology. While in high school and at Southeast, he worked as a plumber for his father’s plumbing, heating and air conditioning business. After completing a three-year term in the U.S. Army, he decide to take over his father’s plumbing business and begin his career in construction.
After working on the job for two years, Robinson took over management of the company in 1973. Shortly following, he formed Robinson Construction Company and began contracting as a heavy construction contractor. He started as a sewer and water line contractor, and, soon after, began building water and wastewater plants, and then turned to heavy industrial contracting. In the mid-1990s, Robinson started constructing water intake systems. As president of Robinson Construction, he values the importance of a college education and, through this award, strives to help area students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center.