ACPA Foundation, Besser Co. open 2024 scholarship applications

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

The American Concrete Pipe Association Research and Education Foundation, in conjunction with Besser Co., is accepting applications for the 2024 Besser Scholarship through October 30. The scholarship is awarded to students whose course study is related to concrete pipe production, application, installation, or research. Students participating in, or planning to attend, a technical program, community college, or university are eligible. Scholarship recipients are invited to participate in the ACPA 2024 Pipe School, where they will gain industry insights from seasoned professionals and can leverage networking opportunities. 

“Our founder, Jesse Besser, taught us the importance of investing in the people who will do the hard work necessary to bring innovation and stability to our industry,” says Besser Vice President of Pipe & Precast Scott Kennedy. “Offering the scholarship is one way we celebrate his foresight and secure the future of our industry. We know firsthand that attracting talent is crucial; it allows us to investigate and incorporate fresh ideas which will ultimately improve the concrete pipe and box culverts that are essential for solid infrastructure that will serve countless generations.”

“We are proud to partner with Besser and offer this scholarship to students wanting to make an impact,” adds ACPA Foundation Vice President Margarita Takou, Ph.D., P.E. “Every year we are amazed at the number of talented individuals looking to join our industry and make an impact. Any student, whether they are planning on going into production, engineering, sales, procurement, or research, is encouraged to apply as there are so many ways one can make an impact in the concrete pipe and box industry.”

The scholarship was established in 2016 in recognition of ACPA’s Concrete Pipe Week and with an eye to investing in talented and energetic students who have an interest in joining and advancing the industry forward. Applications for the 2024 scholarship can be obtained at

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