Americans love to travel America's roadways - by car, truck, minivan or any other kind of vehicle - and passengers of all ages and backgrounds agree that riding down a well-constructed highway is a treat. Although most passengers love the ride, few are aware of the years of academic research and engineering technology that have gone into constructing the roads and bridges strong enough to take on today's high-demand traffic. So: how will today's Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Industry ensure that young, dynamic engineering professionals are educated about HMA technology? And how will we make sure that future transportation industry officials are also educated about HMA? One answer is obvious: by identifying and helping to finance the education of college students who have an interest in HMA - the leaders of tomorrow.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is proud and eager to tell students, educators and potential sponsors about the scholarship opportunities for students who are accelerating toward exciting careers in engineering, road construction, consulting, and transportation management. The NAPA Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by NAPA in 1978 to conduct and implement research and educational programs in technical and management areas related to HMA design and construction.
The NAPAREF Scholarship Program was initiated in 1994 to encourage young people to take elective courses in asphalt technology and management, and to encourage institutions to make such courses available. The students are not the only ones who benefit from this program. The HMA-Industry sponsors gain something, too. HMA companies are provided with a pool of new graduates who have been trained to HMA technology. The Industry also benefits, knowing that the students who go on to forge careers in public works at the municipal, county, state, and national levels are well acquainted with HMA technology.