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Scholarship Foundation

The charitable arm (501c3) of the Builders Association of Northern New Jersey (BANNJ) offers educational and technical training scholarships each year. These funds are available to Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex County residents intending to pursue a career associated with the home building/remodeling industry including but not limited to engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, interior design, etc. These awards are funded through the generosity of BANNJ members and other interested parties. The Association is responding to the industry’s dire need for skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.

The Donald Van Natta Scholarship and The Alex Sands & Jeffrey C. Mathieu Memorial Scholarship

Each will grant one scholarship for an amount up to $1,000 for a qualified student’s academic year of higher education or training in the trade or industry.

The John J. and Helen M. Durante Family Scholarship

Offered by the Durante Charitable Trust and the Community Foundation of NJ, available to students who are committed to pursuing building/ remodeling industry related education. A $4,000 grant will be awarded to one qualified student; $2,000 paid for the first year and $2,000 paid for the second year of study.

In all cases, candidates must be full-time or part-time students who will attend accredited institutions with the intent of pursuing a building industry or construction-related degree or certification.

Scholarships will be awarded in the form of tuition paid directly to the institution. The selection process, conducted by the Scholarship Funds Committee, will be based on the following criteria: (1) the student’s desire to enter the building/remodeling industry as a career, (2) the student’s academic ability/potential and (3) the student’s financial need.

For more information and to obtain scholarship applications, please contact Kathleen M. Kurpiel, Executive Vice President, BANNJ at (201) 843-6868 or