The RLDAM Board of Directors renamed the RLDAM Scholarship the Brain C. Thayer Memorial Scholarship in 2006 in honor of the late Brian Thayer of Lavalley Lumber. At the time of his death in 2006, Brian was Vice President of RLDAM and served on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System. RLDAM has awarded four $1,000 scholarships annually since 2004, a total of $52,000 since inception. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in building trades programs at four of Maine’s Community Colleges. Scholarship recipients are nominated by their instructors.
Eliza is a student in the Building Construction Technology (BCT) associate degree program at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn. She has completed courses in Hand and Power Tool Safety and Building Concepts and is currently enrolled in Building Concepts II, Construction Site Surveying, and Construction Health and Safety.
The Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine was established in 1933 to foster the interests of those in the retail lumber and building materials industry. Affiliated with the Northeast Retail Lumber Association, the group provides educational and training opportunities for its members and scholarships for deserving students in the construction fields.
The BCT program at CMCC prepares students for successful employment in construction-related fields. Through a combination of classroom study, mock-ups, and live projects, students obtain hands-on experience and become broadly familiar with methods, standards, and codes commonly associated with the construction industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or an associate in applied science degree.
Eliza joins four other Maine Community College students receiving scholarships, including: Janine Kimball, Noah Young, Vincent Birtwell, and Connor Murchison.