PRESS RELEASE: Applied Software, GRAITEC Group Expands Sustainability Scholarship Program

1 May 2024Press Release, Sustainabilityconstruction careers, Graitec, green construction, scholarships



May 1, 2024 – Atlanta, Georgia: Applied Software, GRAITEC Group, a leading systems integrator in the AEC, construction and manufacturing industries, today announced it is bringing back its “Keeping AEC Green” scholarship program for a second year and is expanding to accept essay entries from high school students in Canada.

Designed to encourage students to explore careers in sustainable construction, the program will award more than $3,000 to four winners this year toward their future education.

The labor shortage in the built industry is estimated at more than 500,000 unfilled jobs to meet the growth in construction, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors. Industry leaders are challenged to develop a reliable pipeline of talented new job seekers.

“GRAITEC and Applied Software are glad to do our part among AEC companies actively trying to solve the industry’s labor shortage and encouraging more sustainable construction practices,” said Scott McMaster, Executive Vice President, GRAITEC North America. “The response from our 2023 effort exceeded our expectations, so we’re thrilled to expand our campaign this year to include GRAITEC Canada and help more students explore AEC career options.”

Applied Software, GRAITEC Group launched the scholarship contest in 2023 and received more than 200 entries in the inaugural contest. Three winners from Pennsylvania, Texas and Massachusetts were selected last year for their detailed, well-researched essays about innovative solar power initiatives, the environmental impacts of low-density urban sprawl, and more sustainable design practices.

Entry in the contest is free. Participating students will develop research skills to understand a problem, why it is important, think creatively about a solution and argue a case for it, and consider the roadblocks to getting solutions in place. Students are asked to consider topics in sustainable construction but are free to research and propose any topics and solutions they find interesting and impactful. Entries will be judged on originality, depth of research, professionalism, and creativity.

Open to students currently enrolled in any high school in the U.S. and Canada, the contest will  accept entries between June 1 and October 27, 2024. Award winners will be notified this Fall, giving students ample opportunity to research topics and develop ideas to solve problems facing their local community and today’s built environment.

Executives from Applied Software, GRAITEC Group and a panel of industry judges will evaluate entries and award four students receiving the highest scores with scholarship donations. Two first-place winners will be selected, one in the U.S. and one in Canada, to receive $1,000 USD and $1,000 Canadian, respectively. The first-place winners’ high schools will also receive from Applied Software, GRAITEC Group a US$500 or CA$500 donation to their technology innovation department or similar program. Judges will also select from the U.S. entries a second-place winner to receive $300 and a third-place winner to receive $250.

More details, including entry guidelines and terms and conditions, can be found at the contest website: .


About Applied Software, GRAITEC Group:

Applied Software, GRAITEC Group has one mission in mind: empower construction and manufacturing professionals to digitize and industrialize their processes to build a sustainable tomorrow.

Applied Software, GRAITEC Group is a global leading BIM provider helping architectural, engineering, construction, and manufacturing professionals to achieve their digital transformation goals. Applied, now part of the worldwide GRAITEC Group, has been an Autodesk Platinum Partner for over 30 years, also partnering with premier vendors such as Bluebeam or Panzura. With a broad range of world-class solutions, services, and training, we have been helping clients achieve a competitive advantage since 1982.

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