Thursday, July 21st 2022, the Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut (UCAC) Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at the Glastonbury Boathouse. Friends and families of scholarship recipients gathered along with over 100 UCAC members and guests to celebrate the success of our 14 winners. UCAC President David Duff of Suburban Sanitation Service in Canton had the honor of awarding over $16,000 in scholarships along with certificates and proclamations from Governor Ned Lamont.
UCAC has a long history of supporting children of UCAC members planning to attend college. This year saw a major expansion of the scholarship program to include high school seniors of Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) schools. UCAC offered students in many CTECS programs at schools across the state including Automotive Collision, Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Carpentry; Diesel & Heavy Equipment Repair; Electrical; Masonry; Plumbing & Heating; HVAC; Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology; Mechatronics; Precision Machining Technology; Sustainable Architecture and Welding & Metal Fabrication.
All interested students applied in April 2022 and were evaluated by members of the UCAC Scholarship Committee based on academic progress, community involvement and excellence in their chosen concentrations.
The UCAC Member Scholarship Recipients for 2022 are: Alyssa Abbe (Able Tool & Equipment/Quaboag Regional High School), Jack Garrity (Garrity Asphalt/Simsbury High School), Jillian Marcotte (W.I. Clark/Woodstock Academy), and William Tousignant (Garrity Asphalt/Conard High School). The UCAC/CTECS Student Scholarship Recipients for 2022 are: Marissa Ann Laitres-Wakefield (Automotive Collision, Repair & Refinishing/Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School), Aiden Hoyt (Automotive Technology/Vinal Technical High School), Paola Alexandra Luna Castro (Carpentry/Platt Technical High School), Imraan Mohammed Feroz (Electrical/W.F. Kaynor Technical High School), Tiffany Marchand (Electrical/Eli Whitney Technical High School), Patrick James Seiler (Electrical/Henry Abbott Technical High School), Jeileanys Ojeda (Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology/W.F. Kaynor Technical High School), Gavin Bryant Carter (Plumbing & Heating/E.C.Goodwin Technical High School), John Borgersen (Precision Machining Technology/Platt Technical High School), and Amiyah Campbell (Sustainable Architecture/Bullard-Havens Technical High School). All UCAC scholarship recipients receive cash awards that can be used toward college or to purchase equipment and tools, transportation and/or to gain additional training needed to enter the workforce. Trade school students are especially important to reach because they’re often overlooked by scholarship programs and are so close to the Utility Contracting Industry. Additionally, workers with technical training are vital to every community.
We are looking forward to 2023 and an even larger class of scholarship winners!
UCAC is so proud to announce our 2022 class of Scholarship Recipients! This year marks the beginning of our partnership with Connecticut Technical Education and Career System, and we will award ten $1000 scholarships to CTECS students! Our Scholarship Committee also selected four UCAC Member Scholarship Applicants to receive awards. We will celebrate all these amazing students on Thursday, July 21st at The Glastonbury Boathouse. Visit our Scholarship Awards Page for more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities. Congratulations to all our winners!
UCAC Member Scholarship Recipients
– Alyssa Abbe (Able Tool & Equipment)
– Jack Garrity (Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming Inc)
– Jillian Marcotte (W.I. Clark)
– William Tousignant (Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming Inc)
UCAC/CTECS Student Scholarships Recipients
– Marissa Ann Laitres-Wakefield (Auto Collision/H.H. Ellis Technical High School)
– Aiden Hoyt (Auto Tech/Vinal Technical High School)
– Paola Alexandra Luna Castro (Carpentry/Platt Technical High School)
– Imraan Mohammed Feroz (Electrical/W.F. Kaynor Technical High School)
– Tiffany Marchand (Electrical/Eli Whitney Technical High School)
– Patrick James (PJ) Seiler (Electrical/Henry Abbott Technical High School)
– Jeileanys Ojeda (MDET/W.F. Kaynor Technical High School)
– Gavin Bryant Carter (Plumbing & Heating/E.C. Goodwin Technical High School)
– John Borgersen (PMT/Platt Technical High School Precision Machining)
– Amiyah Campbell (Sustainable Architecture/Bullard-Havens Technical High School)
We are so excited for the 2022 UCAC Annual Meeting! Wally Adamchik will be our keynote at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21st! Check out Wally’s Promo Video!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2022
Connecticut—The Board of Directors of The Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut (UCAC) announces a major expansion of their annual Scholarship Program beginning with this spring’s awards. UCAC has been awarding funds to the children of members heading to traditional four-year schools for many years and will continue that commitment to supporting our members while expanding the program to a larger community.
Working closely with the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS), UCAC will open the scholarship application process to students of thirteen programs of study based at many of the CTECS schools across the state. UCAC will offer students in the following programs the ability to apply for funds: Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Carpentry; Diesel and Heavy-Duty Equipment Repair; Electrical; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Masonry; Mechatronics; Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology; Plumbing and Heating; Precision Machine Technology; Sustainable Architecture and Welding and Metal Fabrication.
David Duff, President of UCAC commented, “Workforce Development is always top of mind for UCAC and our member companies. We want to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Connecticut get the training, equipment and resources they need to succeed. There are many scholarship programs for students headed to college – and students choosing a different path need to be supported.”
The UCAC Scholarship Fund is supported by an Auction held each November and smaller fundraisers throughout the year. Anyone wishing to support this expansion in support of trade school students may contact Barb Dimauro, Executive Director of UCAC at 860.631.7473 or email@example.com.
This year the UCAC Scholarship Auction has gone virtual! Thanks to generous members, we’ve got a great mix of electronics, jewelry, adult beverages and more! All proceeds will go directly to the UCAC Scholarship Fund, so please be generous and have some fun!
Black Rock Galleries is pleased to offer its assistance to UCAC for this small, but fun charity auction. Happy bidding!
UCAC is a non-profit trade association representing the underground utility and site work construction industry in Connecticut. UCAC contractor members perform work to improve and enhance the utility infrastructure. Each year, UCAC gives away a number of scholarships to deserving children and step-children of member companies to help them on their way to higher education. In 2019, UCAC founded a new award, The Foundations Scholarship, which is named in honor of a key member (past or present) of UCAC who has had a major impact on the group. The Foundations Scholarship is awarded to a high-school senior who plans to work in construction, construction management or engineering. The proceeds from the UCAC Scholarship Auction will be used to fund future awards.
UCAC wishes to thank VMS Construction, Burns Construction, Suburban Sanitation, Talcott View Development, D&G Contractors, Mizzy Construction, Indeco, Barber Utilities, H.O. Penn, WI Clark, Statehouse Associates, Audience Development Strategies, Metayer Bonding Associates, Garrity Asphalt and Badger Daylighting for making this event possible.
Calling all contractors in CT! Joining UCAC/NUCA has never been easier – we are running a half price offer right now on 2019 dues for contractors who have never been a member of UCAC or who have not been active for three or more years. This offer is only valid through August 31, 2019 so if you want to take advantage, give us a call at 860.631.7473 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us today!
Please join UCAC members and friends as we celebrate the legacy of Newell A. Stamm and award our 2019 UCAC Scholarships. New for 2019, UCAC will award both the traditional UCAC General Scholarship(s) and the all new UCAC Foundations Scholarship, created exclusively to promote the education of a deserving student interested in the pursuit of the trades, engineering or construction management.
This year’s Scholarship Dinner will be held at The Gallery in Glastonbury, CT and will begin at 5:00pm.
To Purchase Tickets or Become a Sponsor, click here.
About Newell A. Stamm (1927-2018)
Newell A. Stamm was a founding member and past president (1979-1981) of UCAC and co-owner of Stamm Construction in Newington. He was also a firefighter with the Newington Volunteer Fire Department for over thirty years and a commissioner of the Metropolitan District. Newell was chosen as the 1988 businessperson of the year by the Newington Chamber of Commerce. He was well known in the utility construction industry in Connecticut but even moreso he was respected as a businessman and cherished as a friend.
Anyone wishing to contribute a memory or photo to help us celebrate Newell’s memory, should contact UCAC Executive Director, Barb Dimauro, at 860.631.7473 or email@example.com.
UCAC Scholarship Winners
Winner of the UCAC Foundation Scholarship In Memory of Newell A. Stamm
Michael is an accomplished graduate of Northwest Catholic High School. He is the Valedictorian of his class, an Eagle Scout, National AP Scholar, Summa Cum Laude Medalist on the National Latin Exam, Member of the National Honor Society and a Harvard Book Award Recipient. He is also a Varsity Runner, Principal Trumpet in the Jazz Band and Committee Chair for the Model United Nations, who volunteers at Bel-Aire Nursing Home, competitively races sailboats and enjoys backpacking. Michael will be entering Northeastern University’s College of Engineering on a 5 year plan with multiple Co-Op opportunities.
UCAC General Scholarship Winners
Owen is a graduate of Lewis Mills High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Commissioner of Link Crew (a transition program for freshman high school students), Officer of the CIAC Class Act Leadership Club and is an Officer in the DARE Program. Owen is a member of Mills Club, a community service group, and has worked over 190 hours of community service through high school. As an athlete, he has received numerous awards and accolades in Hockey, Cross-Country and Baseball. Owen will be attending Fairfield University to study Construction Management and Finance.
Ethan is a graduate of the Woodstock Academy. He is an Honor Roll student and member of the Spanish National Honor Society and FRESH (Family Related Effective Solutions for Humanity). Ethan is a Scholar Athlete and has won many accolades for his athletic success. He has volunteered for Woodstock Academy Gives Back, coaching youth basketball and soccer camps. He will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology, studying Civil Engineering.
Grace is a graduate of Ellington High School. She is a Scholar Athlete and has received awards for Excellence in Sports Marketing and French. Grace has participated in PAABS (Peer Advocates for a Better Society), Future Business Leaders of America, and volunteered in Youth Tennis Programs. She will be attending Endicott College, studying Business and Marketing.
Last Saturday night, May 18th, we held the UCAC Annual Meeting at Wethersfield Country Club. It was amazing to see so many members, friends and family members in attendance. We had 110 people registered for the evening, loads of sponsors, and amazing service at WCC. We started out the night with a cocktail hour sponsored by Able Tool & Equipment with a signature drink, The Ray Tripodina “Day Tripper,” while guests mingled and bid on several silent auction items donated by H.O. Penn and Barber Utilities. Everyone lined up to purchase their Blinky Rings as well, giving them a chance at winning the diamond bracelet from Dunbar Jewelers.
While comedians Kate Nichols and Rob Ryan had us all laughing thanks to Entertainment Sponsor W.I. Clark, we also took the opportunity to say goodbye to long-time UCAC member and Secretary, Mark Doppstadt, who has retired from his Board position. We also voted on the 2019-2021 UCAC slate and welcomed new Contractor Directors Pete Rose of Talcott View Development and Dave Murdy from LaRosa Construction. Former UCAC Treasurer, Dean Logee of United Concrete said a few words about the contribution that Mark Doppstadt has had over the years, followed by a presentation of a special award from UCAC Executive Officers Kevin Plourde, P.E. (President), David Duff (Vice-President), Victor Serrambana, Jr., P.E. and Grant Gorczyca (incoming Secretary). Mark was also presented with a UCAC hardhat signed by all of our guests.
WCC was filled with camaraderie, laughter and friendship all night.
Thanks to all who attended and to our wonderful event sponsors: Able Tool & Equipment, W.I. Clark, VMS Construction, F.W. Webb, Metayer Bonding Associates, Mizzy Construction, Badger Daylighting, CBYD, Superior Products Distributors, Suburban Sanitation Service and Earth Dynamics.
April is Call Before You Dig Month here in Connecticut, part of National Safe Digging Month. Please remember that CBYD has gone digital with the e-ticket system, DamageAccess. We are still seeing paper forms coming in to the UCAC office and while we appreciate hearing from you, all reporting has gone digital. If you need help in getting up to speed, we can help. Below are links to several useful forms but if you still need assistance in learning the new system or have questions, please reach out to UCAC Executive Director, Barb Dimauro, at 860.631.PIPE(7473) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Incident Form (for collection purposes only – data must be entered into e-ticket system online)
Applications are now being accepted for 2019 UCAC Scholarships. All children and step-children of UCAC members and member employees who meet the criteria are invited to apply before the deadline of May 20th, 2019.
New for 2019, UCAC will award both the traditional UCAC General Scholarship(s) and the all new UCAC Foundations Scholarship, created exclusively to promote the education of a deserving student interested in the pursuit of the trades, engineering or construction management. Each year, we will present The UCAC Foundations Scholarship in honor or memory of an individual who has contributed to UCAC, the industry and the community in a meaningful way.
It is with great pride that the members of UCAC name the 2019 UCAC Foundations Scholarship in the name of Newell A. Stamm and we will honor his memory at the Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, July 10th at The Gallery in Glastonbury.
If you have any questions about the UCAC Scholarship Program, please contact UCAC Executive Director, Barb Dimauro at 860.631.74743 or email@example.com.