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Belmont College Student Recipient of Trade Scholarships

St. Clairsville, OH (July 24, 2020) – Belmont College is pleased to announce that student Houston Adkins has been awarded three noteworthy scholarships. She has been awarded more than $6,500 in scholarships this year.
Adkins, from Blue Creek Ohio, is a second-year student in the Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program. She enrolled at Belmont directly from high school and will graduate with an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Building Preservation/Restoration.
A recipient of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Scholarship, Adkins was selected on the basis of academic achievement and her future impact on the commercial construction industry. This year, the member-funded program administered by the Builders Exchange Foundation; awarded $111,000 to 42 students pursuing construction related careers. Since 1959, the Builders Exchange Scholarship Program has provided more than $1.5-million in tuition assistance to students in construction-related fields of study.
Adkins has also been awarded the Mike Rowe Works Foundation Scholarship which required that she submit an essay, short video, and sign The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Mike Rowe, known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs, created a scholarship program that focuses on students who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, and delayed gratification. He wrote The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, which stands for “Skills and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” It’s a collection of beliefs that outlines the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude that we believe every worker can benefit from embracing it.
Additionally, Adkins has been awarded the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America Scholarship. She will be attending their convention in Albany, New York, and will have the opportunity to present the paper that she wrote for her scholarship application.
Adkins has exceled in the BPR program and has big plans after she graduates. “Following graduation, I would like to intern at Colonial Williamsburg in the Joiner’s or Cabinet Maker’s shop. It has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and would also help me expand my woodworking skills,” said Adkins. “After that, I would potentially like to work for a stained glass firm for several years, and eventually have my own stained glass business.”
Adkins will graduate in December 2020.
Offered by Belmont since 1989, the BPR program has become one of the most recognized programs of its kind in the nation. With a unique combination of theoretical and hands-on learning, Belmont’s program creates the opportunity for its students to combine in-class learning with actual restoration projects. The BPR program places students in an active restoration experience-allowing students to apply critical thinking skills in situations that they will face throughout their careers. For more information about the BPR Program, contact Professor Dave Mertz, Faculty Lead, at 740.695.9500 ext. 4002 or by email at
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