CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 8, 2016 – Clayton Evans, a Southeast Missouri State University student from Fenton, Missouri, has been awarded a Missouri Concrete Association (MCA) scholarship for the spring 2016 semester.
The Missouri Concrete Association (MCA) Scholarship program provides a $500 scholarship to Southeast and the Department of Polytechnic Studies to be awarded to a student seeking a degree in an area of study relating to careers in the “ready mixed concrete and related industries.”
To be eligible, students should be at least sophomores (30 or more hours completed) and be seeking a degree in an area of study that would prepare them for success in a potential career in the ready mixed concrete or related industries.
Evans wrote a letter to the Southeast MCA Scholarship Committee explaining his interest in the $500 MCA scholarship and how his potential career field relates to the ready mixed concrete or related industries. The letter also explains how the scholarship will help him reach his career goals after graduation.
Evans, a construction management major, says he sees the value of concrete in the structures around him everyday.
“Concrete is evolving and there is so much to learn because it is used in every construction project,” he said. “As construction continues to grow rapidly, concrete will continue to be a major part of every project locally and globally throughout our lifetime.”
Evans, a Southeast senior, plans to work in his family’s business.
“My family owns STL Concrete Overlay, and my goal after graduation is to succeed in this business and incorporate not just the overlay portion but the full foundation of concrete,” he said.
Evans says during his breaks between classes he spends his time working at the family business to expand his knowledge and understanding. He also takes an interest in and observes local construction projects in his hometown.
“One of the products that really caught my eye was precast and stand-up concrete,” he said. “There were two new outlet malls being constructed which were put up with the stand-up wall model. During construction, I had the chance to watch this as they tied the walls together.”
Evans says he plans to use the knowledge he’s gained in the field and from Southeast to expand the family company into the St. Louis surrounding areas.
“My goal is to grow our small business and to gain more awareness and accessibility in the construction industry,” he said, adding he hopes to make his own mark on these future projects.