October 22, 2013 12:00 AM

GAF Awards Roofing Scholarships; Furthers Its Support Of Growing The Building Industry

As part of its continued efforts to invest in America and in the roofing industry as a whole, GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has awarded 22 recipients $5,000 each as part of the GAF Roofing Scholarship Program. The Roofing Scholarship was created to encourage and reward undergraduate students for enrolling in a college program that demonstrates an interest in continuing towards a career that involves the roofing or building industry.


With an application period between January 14 and April 29, 2013, applicants were required to meet certain criteria, including being:

an owner or the child of an owner of a Master Select™ or Master GAF Commercial Roofing Contractor in good standing;
a full-time employee or the child of a full-time employee of a Master Select™ or Master GAF Commercial Roofing Contractor in good standing;
a U.S. citizen or legal resident; and
a high school graduate or current postsecondary undergraduate.

Preference was given to applicants pursuing an undergraduate field of study that could lead to either employment in, or an acquiring of knowledge that would be beneficial to, the building industry. Applicants needed to be enrolled at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2013-2014 academic year. They were asked to write essays that not only demonstrated their interest in roofing but also explained why they are pursuing a major that is applicable to the building industry.


Winners of the scholarship included: Shanon Barth of Barth Roofing Company Inc. in CA; Brynne Becker of DDP Roofing services Inc. in PA; Brittany Beldon of Beldon Roofing Company in TX; Jordan Benesh of Tecta America Arizona in AZ; Zachary Buckner of Blackmore & Buckner Roofing in IN; Jordan Gwyn of Triad Roofing Company, Inc. in NC; Bryna Hanley of Complete Roofing Services, Inc. in MS; Ashlyn Howes of Sierra Single Ply, Inc. in CA; Kaitlyn Kidwell of All Surface Roofing in WA; Elizabeth Lemirande of Northern Metal and Roofing Inc. in WI; Stephen Lyons of Stuart Lyons Roofing Inc. in FL; John Martone of L. Martone & Sons, Inc. in NY; Jordan Meador of Miller Roofing Inc. in VA; Kendall Newell of Lido Holdings Inc. in FL; Matthew Pansera of Nations Roof of Illinois in IL; Ashley Peters of Vance and Associates Roofing in CA; Taylor Stark of Tecta America Zero Company in KY; Sidonia Rose Swarm of RoofingSource in IL; Kelly Tanner of Elite Roofing Services, Inc. in FL; Caroline Yorgason of American Roofing in UT; and Richard Yorgason of American Roofing in UT.


“The program was created to invest in the future of the roofing and construction industries,” stated Alyssa Hall, marketing communications manager at GAF, “but receiving the amazing letters of gratitude from these tremendous students has been the most rewarding part.”


About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.


With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced ProtectionShingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.


GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel.

For Press Inquiries:
Alyssa Hall, Corporate Communications



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