Entry information


Applicants to the general Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program must be:

  • Full-time employees of an NRCA contractor or supplier member company or their dependent children* or spouses. Employees must have a minimum of one year of full-time employment with their companies as of the application dead- line date, and the company must have been a member in good standing of NRCA for a minimum of one year as of the application deadline date.
*Dependent children are defined as natural or legally adopted children, stepchildren or grandchildren who are declared as tax exemptions by the employee, parent or guardian.
  • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study directly related to a career in the roofing industry or building construction at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for an entire academic year (which includes architecture, business management; civil, mechanical or structural engineering; and construction management majors).

(NRCA industrial/institutional and international members; students who are dependents, spouses of family members of a CEO, president, or owner of an Alliance or NRCA contractor or supplier member company; and relatives of current Alliance board of trustees or officers are not eligible.)

**Two of the scholarships awarded annually are sponsored by Firestone Building Products. In addition to the general requirements, applicants for these scholarships must:

  • Be students who will study and/or have an interest in advancing environmental issues in the construction and roofing industries through new technologies such as recycling, life-cycle analysis, environmental product declarations, reflectivity, vegetative roof systems and photovoltaic systems

  • Submit a separate essay


Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor's degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).


Interested students must complete the three-page application and mail it with a current, complete official transcript to Scholar- ship America postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2019. Online transcripts are acceptable if the applicant's name, school name, grades, credit hours earned for each course and term in which each course was taken are printed. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, questions must be answered as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received will be kept confidential.

Click here to download an application. (PDF)

Selection of recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal. Scholarship recipients will be considered solely based on merit, not need. Financial need is not considered.

Final selection of recipients is made by the Alliance board of trustees. Named scholarship donors also may provide input if they choose. All applicants agree to accept the decision of the board of trustees as final.

All applicants will be notified of the board of trustees' decisions by June 1 each year. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may renew their scholarships for up to three years, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

At least one award will be granted from the roofing contractor community and at least one from the roofing supplier community provided qualified applications are received.

Payment of scholarships

Scholarship America processes Alliance scholarship payments on behalf of the Alliance. Each year, payment is made in early August. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and made payable to the student's school.


Students are required to supply Scholarship America with complete transcripts and notify Scholarship America of any changes of address, school enrollment or other relevant information.


The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Additional information

Details and an application are available at www.roofingindustryalliance.net. Questions regarding the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program can be addressed to:

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress
Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-0486


The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress
Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program
10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600
Rosemont, IL 60018-5607
Attn.: Bennett Judson
Telephone: (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513

(The completed application and current official transcript are to be mailed directly to Scholarship America.)

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