ILBSA hosts 20th scholarship event

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

Each year, the ILBSA grants thousands of dollars to employees and family members of ILBSA member companies, helping them afford quality higher education. The program has awarded slightly over $200,000 to member firm employees and their family members in college over the past 20 years, regardless of whether the firm is a traditional retail dealer or an industry supplier member.

With a rather in-depth application process, the students’ applications are “blind” judged by a panel of volunteers who consider grade-point average, extracurricular activities, campus and community service, and performance on an essay.  The judging is “blind”; i.e., the identity of the applicant, his/her company affiliation, and even hometown are not revealed to the panel. 

“The Sycamore Scramble and the Blair Collings Scholarship Program have become synonymous with providing unique and meaningful member services to ILBSA members and their employees”, said Rob Peters (Home Lumber of New Haven, Indiana), ILBSA President.  “The thousands of volunteer hours, not to mention dollars, invested in the program demonstrate the high energy and commitment of ILBSA members.”

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