2019 Winners Selected

The Steel Fabricators of New England (SFNE) is pleased to announce that three $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to students who will use the funds to further their education in the trade. The scholarships were awarded to Andrew Sidewater from New Britain, CT, Megan Pelissier from Jaffrey, NH, and Gordon Murray from South Portland, ME.

The SFNE scholarship was established to assist qualified students, and to encourage interest in the fabricated structural steel construction industry. The scholarship is one way that SFNE is engaged in a more comprehensive effort to address the shortage of skilled trade workers moving into the steel fabrication industry in New England.

Andrew Sidewater will continue at Central Connecticut State University, where he has spent five years studying Construction Management. He hopes to graduate next spring. Andrew also works full time as a Project Coordinator for Engineered Building Products, located in Bloomfield, CT. Upon learning of the scholarship, Andrew said, “I love steel fabrication and look forward to continuing in this industry after I graduate. Since I work as much as possible, I take two or three classes each semester (including summer courses). Any scholarship money would help immensely.”

Megan Pelissier will be a junior in the 5-year Architectural Engineering Program at Norwich University this fall. Megan also works at Apollo Steel, LLC located in Jaffrey, NH. Here she assists with detailing and part specifications for Apollo Steel’s fabrication shop. When learning about the scholarship Megan said, “I will use the scholarship to ease the financial burden of college.” She added, “the scholarship may allow me to work less during the school year and put all of my focus and energy into my education.”

Gordon Murray is pursuing a degree in structural engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has worked as a project management intern with Consigli Construction, and as a rough estimator for American Aerial Services. Gordon has recently decided to continue his education in structural engineering in graduate school, with the goal of working on large marine design projects including bridges, piers and offshore structures. Upon learning about the scholarship, Gordon said, “the SFNE Scholarship would help support my efforts to complete my education at the graduate level and reach my goals within the steel construction industry. I have a strong love of the northeast and would be grateful to develop my career and support industry here in New England.”

Scholarship recipients must have been accepted to, or currently attending a technical school, two or four-year degree college program, or participating in a graduate degree program for Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Construction Engineering Structural Engineering, Welding Technology or Construction Management programs. Emphasis was placed on accomplishments, academic excellence and a strong desire to contribute to the fabricated structural steel construction industry.

The SFNE scholarship was funded by member donations. Special thanks to:

  • Accufab Iron Works
  • Capone Iron, Inc.
  • D. Cronin’s Welding Service
  • Giza Steel
  • Rens Welding & Fabricating
  • S.L. Chasse Steel
  • The Steel Supply Company

The scholarship is available to:

  • High school students who would attend a welding program at a technical school or a community college;
  • Students enrolled in or who would attend a Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Construction Engineering, Structural Engineering, Welding Technology or Construction Management programs;
  • Undergraduate juniors, seniors or master’s level graduate students;
  • Student attending universities in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, or VT — full-time; and
  • U.S. citizens.

Your donations will help SFNE engage in a more comprehensive effort to address the shortage of skilled trade workers moving into the steel fabrication industry in New England.