GHBA’s Annual Scholarship Program Benefits Deserving Students

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Each year, the GHBA Associate Council awards scholarships to students whose parents are members of the association. These scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of our members.

This year, $15,000 was raised by our generous donors. Five deserving winners were presented with scholarship checks in the amount of $3,000 each. Awards were presented at GHBA’s Mid-Year Forecast Luncheon in May.

The Associate Council would like to extend a special thank you to our outstanding donors who make these awards possible. Contributors who donate $3,000 or more to the GHBA Scholarship Fund are recognized by having a scholarship awarded in their name. This year, two companies stepped up as presenting donors: Heritage Construction, and the Bill Ulrich Foundation provided by Newmark Homes.


The 2019 awardees are:

Makayla Smith

Makayla Smith is the recipient of Newmark Home’s “Bill Ulrich Memorial Scholarship.” Makayla graduated in the top 3% of her class at Magnolia High School and plans to attend Baylor University in the fall. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Business Professionals of America.

Makayla’s mom, Felicia Smith is the office administrator for Burgess Construction Consultants.

Justin Ebarb

Justin Ebarb is the recipient of the Heritage Construction Scholarship donated by Jeff Hunt. Justin recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cypress Falls High School and plans to study Construction Science at Texas A&M University in the fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

Justin is the son of Veronica and David Ebarb. David is vice president of purchasing for Chesmar Homes.

Kaitlyn White

Kaitlyn White graduated from Stratford High School and plans to study Speech Pathology at Baylor University. She is a member of the National Honor Society, was awarded TISCA Academic All State and is an All District and All Regional swimmer.

Kaitlyn’s father, Hank White, is owner of Hallmark Renovation and Custom Homes.

Jordon Wooldridge

Jordan Wooldridge graduated from Oak Ridge High School in Conroe with a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the orchestra, and team captain of the Destination Imagination Program. Jordan plans to study Engineering at Texas A&M University in the fall.

Jordan’s parents are Terri and Kendall Wooldridge. Kendall is the estimating manager of the Houston division of David Weekley Homes.

McKayla Bryson

McKayla Bryson recently graduated from William B. Travis High School in Fort Bent ISD and plans to attend Wharton County Junior College in the fall. McKayla is a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Rodeo Committee, and the American Sign Language Club.

McKayla is the daughter of Michele Bryson, logistics manager for Perry Homes.

Congratulations to all of 2019’s scholarship recipients. GHBA wishes you all the best in your college careers and beyond!


Greg Tomlinson, Builders Post-Tension
Newmark Homes, Bill Ulrich Memorial Scholarship
Jeff Hunt, Heritage Construction Scholarship
Toner Kersting, TONER Home Matters
Rebecca Tower-Brown, Colina Homes
Sheri Allshouse, The Allshouse Group
GHBA Gift in Honor of Janet Klein
Randall Duncan, Datasmart/Duncan Security
Jaime Garza, Datasmart/Duncan Security
GHBA Associate Council
GHBA Sales & Marketing Council & Laurie Wilson