Announcing the Donald Hale Home Lumber Scholarship

The Whitewater Community Foundation board of directors has been looking for local citizens who may want to support scholarships in the trades in addition to traditional 4-year colleges. We believe that a successful community requires many types of education. The trades are historically ignored when it comes to scholarships, and we are proud to add the Donald Hale Home Lumber Scholarship to the mix. Please spread the word to Whitewater High School students you know who might want a career in (literally) building communities.


Donald Hale Home Lumber Memorial Scholarship

There is a growing need in the trades to replace competent carpenters from the Baby Boomer generation who will now be needed to build homes. This need is significant. There are not enough quality builders to offset the demand for housing which has been increasing exponentially. Many of the best carpenters are reaching retirement age with no plan for succession. There is also a need for well-minded contractor sales people in the lumber industry capable of serving the needs of those same builders. For either of these careers, blueprint reading and material take-off are important and with the right attitude salary expectations can be significant rating above six figures incomes. In honor of Donald W. Hale, Founder of Home Lumber Company, who was always reaching out to the community, and assisting people in the building trades, Home Lumber promotes the Building Material Industry by granting this $1,000 Donald Hale Memorial Scholarship to a senior who chooses to further his/her career in either of these fields. Selection of the award will be based upon high school record, community involvement, character and financial need. The recipient of this scholarship must attain a minimum grade point average of 2. 75 on a 4 point scale after their first post high school semester and show proof of registration for their second semester on this two year technical journey. Selection will be made by Geoff Hale and the WHS Common Application will be used.