EKU Junior Diana Harbeson Receives National Scholarship from Association of General Contractors

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Eastern Kentucky University junior construction management major Diana Harbeson has received a national scholarship, valued at $2,500, from the Association of General Contractors.

Harbeson, of Lexington, was also the recent recipient of the $1,000 Murray S. Riffee Scholarship sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Kentucky.

A transfer from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where she spoke at the school’s commencement in 2010, Harbeson has achieved a 3.64 GPA while also performing an internship with KDV Inc., a local contractor, and holding a part-time job with the AAA travel office in Lexington.

“I feel as though I have found my true career path,” Harbeson said. “My passion has always been in the construction and architecture field. Through my internship with KDV, I have gained experience in working with submittals, construction details, and just how a construction job works.”

Harbeson has already joined the Bluegrass chapter of National Association of Women in Construction.

“Most of the women in NAWIC are already in the construction industry,” she noted. “(They) have encouraged and helped me toward my construction management degree.”

The Riffee Scholarship honors the memory of Georgetown builder Murray Riffee, who served as president of the Home Builders Association of Kentucky in 1997. During his tenure, Riffee established the Association’s Workforce Development Task Force, which eventually became the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council, made up of seven different construction associations. He was named to the Kentucky Housing Hall of Fame in 2000.

Published on April 11, 2011