BOAC Founders’ Scholarship Program

A mission of the Building Operators Association of Colorado (BOAC) is to provide professional development opportunities to its membership. To support this initiative, BOAC will offer a scholarship in the name of the six founding fathers whose vision towards education began building better engineers.

This scholarship may be used to take courses toward the achievement of a BOMI designation and BOC certification.

General Guidelines:
1. The applicant must be a BOAC member in good standing (i.e., dues must have been paid before
submission of application).
2. The scholarship awards range from $500 up to $1500, pending the number of requests and available funds in the program.
3. The members of the Board of Directors shall appoint the Scholarship Review Task Force. Recipient(s)
will be decided upon by a majority of those present at the meeting.
4. Recipient(s) will be notified via email and announced during a member luncheon.


Who is Eligible?
• Building Engineer Members of BOAC
• The scholarship will be awarded to an individual only once unless there are no additional qualified
applicants within one year’s time


How To Apply:

  • Submit a summary (Copy/Paste) information on the education class with fees inside an email to [email protected]
  • Tell us about your professional background and why you’re seeking a designation and applying for the scholarship
  • Make sure your email has the following listed: Your Name, Your Title, Your Contact Number, Company Name, Supervisor’s Name, Supervisor’s Email, and Phone
  • Please provide a scanned letter of recommendation and approval from your supervisor


Where can you look for training?





The Founders’ Scholarship Program is active and primarily funded through annual fundraising efforts from the association events, and generous donations from our members.


Thank You to Our Founders’ Scholarship Sponsor, Joe Havey!

Not only have you inspired us with your story, Joe, you hold true to the number one rule in building operations, and that’s education. Thanks to you there are engineers who are able to elevate their success from your legacy.


The Founders’ of BOAC

On October 17, 1984, six men stood up to represent the Building Operators Association of Colorado as
President Harry R. Gorham, Vice President Kelley Mercer, Treasurer Benjamin Van Deest, Secretary Stephen Plevniak, Secretary Joe Lopez, and Liaison Charles Knapton.

Their purpose as stated was to advance the development through more effective procedures for the overall operation of Colorado properties through better mechanical maintenance and repair, general operation procedures, engineering, housekeeping custodial services, security, groundskeeping, and management.

In their honor, this scholarship was formed to benefit the engineer by means of education in better building operations and procedures.

The Building Operators Association of Colorado is committed that all persons shall have an equal opportunity to programs, facilities, and employment.

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