The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) announces Leighton Landreth, Dominick Willman and Shelby Willy as co-recipients of the association’s first annual Bob Weatherton Scholarship. Landreth attends Vernon College in Vernon, Texas, studying business administration. Willman is a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley, Ariz., and Willy is pursuing an Architectural Engineering degree at the University of Oklahoma.
The scholarship is named in honor of the late “Big Bob” Weatherton of The Concrete Pump Store in California. Weatherton served on the ACPA Board of Directors for more than 40 years and is remembered as one of the industry’s most avid champions.
The scholarship is ppen to eligible members and their families, as well as to members’ employees and their families. The Bob Weatherton scholarship recognizes the potential for leadership and industry advancement that Weatherton exemplified throughout his career. Scholarships are for undergraduate, graduate and vocational students in fields related to concrete, concrete pumping, construction and engineering, construction management and administration, and vocational studies related to concrete pumps and trucks.
“We are proud to carry on Bob Weatherton’s legacy in the concrete pumping industry in this second year of a scholarship in his memory,” says Christi Collins, ACPA Executive Director. “Bob was a devoted member of the association and faithful advocate of concrete pumping. It is our privilege to honor three highly exceptional students among the many qualified and diverse candidates.”
A panel of judges, who are members of the ACPA Scholarship Committee, completed the evaluations separately. Judges submitted their scores individually to an independent accounting firm to tabulate the results. The three individuals who were awarded the greatest number of points were announced as the winners.
Leighton Landreth became interested in pump trucks at a very early age. This was thanks to her family’s history in the construction industry. Before she finished high school, Landreth accepted an office position in the family’s new pump company, Bigfoot Concrete Pumping. While attending Vernon College on an athletic scholarship, Landreth continues to work part-time for the family company. She also hopes to own her own business someday.
“Being a young woman in the construction industry is so very awesome,” says Leighton. “And I pray that I can influence and impact other people by being who I am, taking risks, and simply working hard.”
While at IRHS, Dominick Willman distinguished himself through his induction into the National Honor Society. He lettered in academics, and also has memberships in the Key and History clubs. Willman also contributes his time as a math tutor to other students and volunteer cook at the local homeless shelter.
“One of my long-term goals is to be part of our technological future and make positive contributions to future developments in the world of engineering and science,” Willman says. “To have the opportunity to integrate new technologies into real-life applications and develop my knowledge, practical skills and abilities is very exciting.”
At the University of Oklahoma, Shelby Willy is making a difference. This is thanks to her involvement in programs centered around outreach and community service — Sooners Without Borders and Sooner Engineering Education. Shelby hopes to work for or own a nonprofit that creates sustainable ways to provide basic needs to those less fortunate, foreign and local.
“I never expect to receive any sort of recognition for my work or what I plan to do with it. So, to receive an award for being genuine about that is such a blessing,” says Willy. “Having others believe in me and my dreams makes me love what I do even more. It continues to fuel my fire in making a difference.”
For more information about Bob Weatherton Scholarship, either contact the ACPA National Office at 614-431-5618 or email [email protected]. For more information about the ACPA, visit www.concretepumpers.com.
About American Concrete Pumping Association
The ACPA is a non-profit association which serves as an advocate for the concrete pumping industry. The association commits itself to promotion, education and safety for its members. It also serves all those coming into contact with a concrete pump on the construction job site.