BUILDING LASTING CHANGE
From opportunities such as becoming a trade professional or general contractor or owning their own company, the Professional Women in Building Scholarship Fund is dedicated to enabling women of all ages to begin their careers in the building industry.
We invite you to join our mission, passionate about building impactful and lasting change for women and our industry. With your help, the PWB will be able to provide: tuition, tools, transportation, and everything in between.
The donations are collected through the Home Building Foundation (the HBA's nonprofit arm). Please note "PWB" in the comments area when donating.
No donation is too big or too small. You can use the link below to donate or click here to contact our Scholarship Committee with any questions.
Percentage of women in construction.
Percentage of women working in the trades.
Income potential for careers in the trades.
WOMEN & CONSTRUCTION
IT IS A WIN-WIN
Trade shortages have plagued the construction industry for many years. The lack of skilled partners has led to increased build cycles (increased time to build a home) and price increases. This impact on both the consumer and the builder is significant.
Another issue that has been around for far too long is the gender pay gap. According to Business.org, "Women in the US workforce are making roughly $0.80 for every dollar earned by their male colleagues." The gap is closing, but the difference is still there.
This Creates Opportunities for Women & Builders
Women make up nearly half of the total labor force. In contrast, less than 10% of U.S. construction workers are female. As an industry, we can do better. According to Insider, the only fields with a lower percentage are aerospace engineers, firefighters, and aircraft pilots.
Women could make a big difference regarding the current trade issues. What is the benefit to women? Why make a change and enter into the male-dominated world of construction?
Top 3 Reasons Why Women Should Work in Construction
1. Increased Income Potential
Women who work in construction and trade careers earn an average of 30% more than their peers.
2. Open Positions
While many industries are experiencing layoffs, the need for construction workers is expected to climb over the next five years.
3. Building Something
Building something from the ground up is extremely rewarding and often sparks a one-of-a-kind passion.
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP OR GRANT
Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 and can be used for everything from actual tuition to all important details like daycare and tools. All this with the goal of strengthening women and creating opportunities for independence in the industries that we have all loved and that served us well.
DETAILS COMING SOON
Building lasting change isn't as simple as starting a scholarship fund...
We need to build awareness for careers in construction at a young age! Please browse the list before for some of our favorite books written to inspire young readers. Connect with us for more ideas!