An intelligent investment

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."—Benjamin Franklin

Since 1986, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry's youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program has distributed $630,000 in scholarship funds to 115 students. The program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

This year, the Alliance hopes to increase the scholarship fund and is seeking additional donors. The scholarship fund broadens community outreach and provides financial support for students continuing their education and training beyond high school.

Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcome, but if you make a commitment of $50,000, you can choose to name the scholarship and participate in the recipient selection process. Those who provide funding to the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program will be recognized on the Alliance's website (, in its newsletter, and at Alliance and NRCA events.