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Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program offers three scholarship opportunities. All three scholarship categories are open to employees of roofing industry companies with priority given to Roofing Alliance and NRCA members.

The Accredited Post-Secondary Institution Scholarship

Employees, their spouses and their dependent children who are pursuing post-secondary education are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to four years of full-time study at any accredited post-secondary institution of the student's choice. Scholarships are not guaranteed if an applicant's major or eligibility changes.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist individuals seeking to further their education to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries (which include architecture; civil, mechanical or structural engineering; construction management; or occupational health and safety).

The Accredited Career Technical Education Scholarship

This scholarship is available to assist employees, their spouses and their dependent children who are pursuing an education at a vocational or technical trade school. These scholarships are not renewable. However, students may reapply each year they meet the eligibility requirements.

This scholarship is designed to help those who are seeking a professional career inside the roofing industry including, but not limited to, those seeking to be roof system and sheet metal installers/fabricators, crane and equipment operators, foremen and superintendents, warehouse and inventory specialists, and other roofing trade specialties. This scholarship is not designed for those careers that require a four-year undergraduate degree.

Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is available to assist employees, their spouses and their dependent children who are pursuing a construction science education at either an accredited post-secondary institution or an accredited vocational or technical trade school. These scholarships are not renewable. However, students may reapply each year they meet the eligibility requirements.

Scholarships are not guaranteed if an applicant’s major or eligibility changes. Applicants may apply for only one of the three scholarship categories.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America. Scholarship America is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Visit to complete the online application by 3 p.m. CST on Jan. 31, 2022.

Click here for details on the 2022-23 program.

Donate Today

Please consider giving generously and making a commitment! Our campaign goal is to raise $513,000 in gifts to fulfill our overall goal of a $2 million endowment.

The Roofing Alliance has a history of commitment to education, training and scholarship and when you donate to the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, you help shape the future of the roofing industry, one student at a time.

Donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted under federal tax law and can be paid over a period of up to and including five years.

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The Roofing Alliance wishes to thank our donors, the individuals and organizations who have generously contributed to our two Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Programs. Due to the generous support of all donors, we are able to support education by awarding scholarships to qualified students whose families work in our Industry.

We currently have three levels of named scholarship donors: Platinum, Gold and Titanium.

Platinum Scholarship Level - $250,000 and above

    Firestone Building Products Co., Nashville, Tenn.

Gold Scholarship Level - $100,000

    Dan Cohen
    (Donations for the Dan Cohen Scholarship were made by Robert Bueche, Pioneer Roofing, Phoenix; John Plescia, Star Roofing, Inc., Phoenix; Jeff Starkweather, Starkweather Roofing Inc., Cave Creek, Ariz.; Kenton Summers, Specialty Roofing Inc., Phoenix; and Brian Torry, Veritas Marketing, Phoenix)

    Fred Good
    (Donations for the Fred Good Scholarship were made by The Mountain Co., Vienna, W.Va.; NRCA, Rosemont, Ill.; and donations made to the Fred Good Memorial)

    OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass.

Titanium Scholarship Level - $50,000

    Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.

    Commercial Roofing Specialties Inc., Larry Burns, Chip Martin, Warren Teague, Doraville, Ga.

    Dennis Conway, Las Vegas

    William A. Good, Seabrook Island, S.C.

    Gail Kruger Krapf, Macon, Ga. — In honor of Melvin Kruger

    John Miller, Ross, Calif.

    Jim and Suzanne MacKimm, (Beacon Building Products), Peabody, Mass.

    Reid and DeaNa Ribble, Sparta, Tenn.

    SRS Raise the Roof Foundation, McKinney, Texas

Silver Level - $25,000

    Nelson and Jaclyn Braddy, King of Texas Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas

    John and Mary Gooding, GSM Roofing, Ephrata, Pa.

    L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Steve Kruger, Macon, Ga.

    Siplast, Irving, Texas

    Stephen and Melinda Sutter, Sutter Roofing Co. of Florida, Sarasota, Fla.

    Tremco, Roofing and Building Maintenance Divison, Tom Cummings, Beachwood, Ohio

    Gary and Mary Wolfe, Wolfe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Reading, Pa.

Bronze Level - $15,000

    Commercial Roofers Inc., Dennis Conway, Scott Howard, Las Vegas

    F.J. Dahill Co., Jamie McAdam, New Haven, Conn.

    The Hamlin Family, Hamlin Roofing, Garner, N.C.

    Jude Laperouse, Edward J. Laperouse, Houma, La.

Copper Level - $10,000

    CNA Foundation, Aaron Koch, Chicago

    Jim Giese Commercial Roofing Co. Inc., Jim Giese, Dubuque, Iowa

    Gooding Group Foundation, Reed Gooding, Ephrata, Pa.

    United Materials, Beth Gloss, Denver

Contributor Level - up to $9,999

    Academy Roofing Inc., Suzie Boyd, Aurora, Colo.

    Baker Roofing, Mark Lee, Raleigh, N.C.

    Beacon Pointe, Garth Flint, Newport Beach, Calif.

    Beldon Roofing Co., Brad Beldon, San Antonio

    Boston Roofing Industry Promotion Fund, Thomas Gunning, Braintree, Mass.

    Crane Renovation Group, Gary Kerley, Columbus, Ohio

    Robert (Country) Harrison, Greenville, S.C.

    Latham Roofing Contractor, LLC, Dallas

    Mary Mai, Washington, D.C.

    Tom and Fran Manson, Leawood, Kan.

    Rob and Kate McNamara, Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Ill.

    P.J. McTavish & Co. Inc., Burtonsville, Md.

    Midland Engineering Co. Inc., Mike Frahn, South Bend, Ind.

    Dan Murphy, Longmeadow, Mass.

    North/East Roofing Contractors Association, Braintree, Mass.

    J.A. Piper Roofing Co., Rodney Piper Jr., Greenville, S.C.

    Roofing Supply Group, Tim Perryman, Kennesaw, Ga.

    Roofs Inc., Joseph McDevitt, Lyons, Ill.

    Tech Roofing Service Inc., Joe Narkowicz, Springfield, Mo.

    Timothy Root Scholarship Fund, Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.

    United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Washington, D.C.

    Winona Heating and Ventilating Co., Michael Gostomski, Winona, Minn.

2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

To view the recipients of the 2021-22 scholarships, click here.