This Scholarship Fund was founded in 1980 by Paul (Robbie) H. Robinson Jr., Larry Buford Boggs, Ken Guy, & Judy Jacobs.
It was founded with the intent to provide educational funds to young people seeking a career in the building industry. To date this scholarship has given away over $200,000.00 to students in the Douglas County area.
*Douglas County Home Builders Scholarship Fund is an Independent Entity.
Mr. Robinson has been specializing in residential & commercial construction since 1971. He is a Charter member of the Douglas County Home Builders Association & has been a Director on the Board since it's inception. Mr. Robinson was also a founder of the Douglas County Boy's Club, and a charter member of the Chamber of Commerce. Robbie is also one of the founding members of the Citizen & Merchants Bank (Synovus Financial). Mr. Robinson has built in over 24 residential communities, numerous commercial/shopping complexes, retirement communities, & Yacht Club.
He also served his Country in the United States Navy.
Mr. Boggs has made exceptional contributions to the housing industry. His service to the home building industry spans the past five decades. He founded Benchmark Homes in 1971. Larry’s leadership and direction over the past 50 years has helped shape the economic development of the Greater Atlanta Area. This is evidenced by his success in building over 3000+ homes, $750,000,000 in sales.
He also served his County in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Boggs retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after serving for 22 years, as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mrs. Jacobs is the retired owner of Jacobs Grading & Septic Tank Service - the company she and her husband Cecil founded in 1972. She became a member of the Douglas County Home Builders Association in 1974. Judy is an Associate Life Director & a Board Member of the Scholarship Committee. She is the former CEO of Jacobs Grading Co. Because of honest hard work and good money management, Judy was able to retire in 2011. She enjoys being a part of the scholarship fund that helps deserving kids get a better education.
Mr. Guy is a native to Douglas County. He attended West Georgia College & has been in the banking industry for over 30 years. His wife is from the Ukraine & they have traveled the world from India to the Kilimanjaro Mountain in Africa where Ken climbed to the top (19,340 feet). He loves Douglas County and the smart children that live here, & he is proud to be a part of this scholarship fund. Helping to educate the young people that are bringing their education back to Douglas County is truly a joy for Mr. Guy.
He also served his County in the United States Marine Corps.
P. O. Box 1272, Douglasville, Georgia 30133
Educating the Youth of Douglas County Georgia
The Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization created in 1977 by the Home Builders Association of Georgia in honor of the late Lewis B. Cenker, an outstanding Georgian and a national industry leader.
Lewis Cenker was an Atlanta builder and lawyer who served as President of NAHB (the National Association of Home Builders) in 1974. He is the only Georgian to have served in that position. He was a founding member of HBAG (the Home Builders Association of Georgia) in 1955 and served as their president in 1969. He also served as the president of the Greater Atlanta HBA in 1960.
Scholarship awards will be made in an amount established by the Trustees of the Fund. Funding is obtained by donations from local home builders associations and individual members and may be in the form of cash, bonds, stock, real estate, etc. Special honorary funds my be set up within the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund for an individual, family or company making a minimum donation of $35,000 which can be made incrementally. This amount is set by the Trustees of the fund. All local home builders association are encouraged to make annual contributions to reach the level of $35,000 to set up a special fund. Those donations may be made with the stipulation that they are for endowment purposes only, and they shall not be disbursed. Currently, 5% of the value of net assets at year end determines the amount of scholarship awards that will be disbursed the coming school year, at the discretion of the Committee.
There are eight trustees/directors of the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund Committee who comprise the recipient selection committee. Applicants must be studying in a field directly related to the home building industry, or a CTAE Program that offers a curriculum in the home building industry. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, career goals, letters of recommendation, financial need, and other activities related to their studies.
In order to apply for a Lewis Cenker Scholarship, the application must meet the following criteria:
Applications should be emailed, mailed or delivered to:
Home Builders Association of Georgia
887 W Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Faxed applications are NOT acceptable.
E-mailed application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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