Record GHBA Scholarship Funds Awarded in 2021

Terry SwensonFeatured, Workforce Development, Young Professionals

The GHBA awards student scholarships each year through generous contributions from association members, the Associate Council and the Sales & Marketing Council. Applicants must be the child of a full-time employee of a GHBA member company or a current student member of an active GHBA student chapter.

Thanks to our incredibly generous donors, a record $33,200 was raised for 2021 scholarships. Eight scholarship recipients were named, and each will receive $4,000 – another record.  

A big thank you to Jeff Hunt Construction for their eighth consecutive donation! Newmark Homes contributed for the seventh year in a row, Chesmar Homes chipped in two scholarships for a third year, and Allpoints Surveying jumped in for the second time. New major contributors for 2021 were: Builders Choice, Greymark Construction and William David Homes.


Emily Corger

Emily Korger is the recipient of the Allpoints Surveying Scholarship. Emily graduated from Elkins High School and will be attending Texas A & M where she plans to study biomedical science. Her dad is Rick Korger, the director of construction with Lennar Homes. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America, Interact Club, captain of her varsity swim team and was elected senior class vice president.

Cynthia Langkamp

Cynthia Langkamp is the recipient of the Greymark Construction ““Leslie King Memorial Scholarship.” She graduated from Home School High School. Her dad is Peter Langkamp, construction manager at Kurk Homes. She will be attending Louisiana Tech University where she plans on majoring in biomedical engineering to eventually work in prosthetic engineering and medical device research. Cynthia was a Debate Team captain the last two years and recently became the Regional Championship Debate Winner at the NCFCA Region X11 Championship Tournament and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award among many other honors.

Brianna Michaela Johnson

Brianna Michaela Johnson is one of the Chesmar Homes Scholarship recipients. Brianna graduated from Klein Collins High School where she was in the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll. She was also a member of the Math Club, Stem Club and the Robotics Club. Brianna’s father Michael Johnson has worked for Ironwood for 14 years. Brianna plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin.

Lauren Powell

Lauren Powell is also a recipient of a Chesmar Homes Scholarship. Lauren will be a junior at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and majoring in Business Finance. Her mother is Lisa Powell who works for ACES Builders Warranty.

Reagan Wooldridge

Reagan Wooldridge is the recipient of the William David Homes Scholarship. Reagan graduated from Oak Ridge High School in Conroe. She was the senior class vice president, an NHS member, a member of the Student Council and the volleyball team manager. Reagan graduated with a 4.0 and was ranked sixth in her class. She plans to attend Texas A&M University. Reagan’s father Kendall Wooldridge is the estimating manager at David Weekley Homes.

Lauren White

Lauren White is the recipient of the Jeff Hunt Construction Scholarship, donated by Jeff Hunt. Lauren is a graduate of Stratford High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Dance Club founder and coach, photography manager, Ignite Student Leader, Honor Roll, Spartanaire Varsity Drill Team and many other clubs and activities. Lauren’s father George White II is an independent contractor and owner of Hallmark Renovations and Custom Homes. She plans to attend Texas A&M University.

Jennifer Linan

Jennifer Linan is a graduate of Jones Futures Academy and is the recipient of the Builder’s Choice Scholarship. Jennifer overcame extreme challenges to attend the academy that included no personal transportation that resulted in long waits in the early hours for public transportation. Jennifer was determined to be involved in as many activities as possible during her time at Jones. She was active with the Houston Food Bank, the National Honor Society Spring Cleaning and Stevenson Middle School Magnet Recruitment. Jennifer plans to attend Houston Baptist University to study Cyber Engineering.

Aaron Rivera

Aaron Rivera is also a graduate of Jones Futures Academy. He is the recipient of the Newmark Homes “Bill Ulrich Memorial Scholarship.” Aaron graduated with a 4.0 and was involved with LEGATO Leadership Program where he was president, the vice president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Junior Achievement program. He was also a drum major in the L.O.X Drumline. Aaron plans to study Architecture/Digital Media at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Congratulations to the 2021 GHBA Scholarship recipients! We wish each of you all the best in your college careers and beyond.

Thank You, 2021 GHBA Scholarship Donors

  • Don Klein, Chesmar Homes
  • Jeff Hunt, Jeff Hunt Construction
  • Ivan Madrigal, Builder’s Choice
  • Mike Moody, Newmark Homes
  • Kendall McDermott, Allpoints Surveying
  • Kelly Kirk, Greymark Construction
  • David Sanders, William David Homes
  • Kenneth Williams, Colina Homes
  • Carlos Fraga, META Planning + Design
  • Alex Kamkar, Bold Fox Development
  • Clemente Turrubiartes, Core Land Survey
  • Jennifer Keller, Hamilton Thomas Homes
  • Rick & Kathy Phillips, First United Mortgage Group
  • Chris Hawkins, Bayou City Risk
  • Aimee Bertrand, GHBA
  • Ernest Lambert, Archer Classic Homes
  • Laurie Wilson, First American Title – Homebuilder Division
  • GHBA Sales & Marketing Council
  • Cindy Hinson, Lennar Homes
  • Hannah & David Castle, Hannah Castle Photography
  • Alicia Requeno, Gabriel Taylor Custom Homes
  • David Hodges, ACES Builders Warranty
  • Jaime Garza, DataSmart
  • Ron Heidt, BASF
About the Author

Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.