Forrest Schweiger, son of Advanced American Diving Service co-founder Konrad Schweiger, lost his life in a construction accident in 1999 at the age of 26. To honor and commemorate Forrest, Advanced American Construction formed the Forrest L. Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund. Then on April 11, 2002, Konrad Schweiger passed away unexpectedly. To honor both Forrest and Konrad, the fund’s name was changed to the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Fund provides annual scholarships to applicants looking to pursue careers in construction and construction-related fields. The Schweiger Scholarship Fund is also offering a $2,500 Veteran Scholarship—sponsored by the Ashback Family—for students who are currently serving or have served in any branch of the US Military. A selection committee reviews applicants and awards recipients at the annual Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Awards Banquet each spring. Many of the Schweiger Scholarship recipients also participate in Advanced American Construction’s robust internship program, which provides practical construction experience for students in related fields.
Advanced American Construction hosts both the annual awards banquet and silent auction and the annual Golf Tournament each summer to benefit the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- 2018 Annual Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction - Friday April 27, 2018
- 2018 Annual Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament - Monday August 6, 2018
Thanks to the generous financial contributions received from AAC’s customers, vendors, employees and friends,
217 scholarships totaling $599,000 have been awarded since the Fund was founded in 1999.
2013 SCHOLARSHIP VIDEO
We would like to thank the kind generocity of the following sponsors for their support of the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship. Their donations help fund the tuition and have a direct impact on the lives of the scholarship recipients.
AGC - Oregon Columbia Chapter - Since 1922, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has served as the voice of the commercial construction industry. We provide our members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry.
Ashback Family - Bruce Ashback retired as a Lead Service Representative for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, a Trustee for the Health Welfare & Pension Trust of the Oregon and SW Washington Carpenters, and an Executive Board Member of the UBC 247. Bruce's daughter Sara Ashback is a four-time recipient of the scholarship. The Ashback family sponsors a $2,500 Veteran Scholarship for students who are currently serving or have served in any branch of the US Military. Veterans who are active duty or have overseas deployment will carry more weight.
Hamilton Construction Company - Hamilton Construction has been meeting the individual needs of our clients since 1939. We have grown from a small firm building concrete roads and irrigation systems in Oregon, to a corporation performing over $100 Million annually in concrete and steel construction throughout the Western states.
Ness & Campbell Crane - Since 1947 we have dedicated our business to providing industrial level crane + rigging services for our clients. That dedication has shaped the company we have today. We now have over 250 union employees, 95 cranes and 8 locations that allow us to easily serve you anywhere in Oregon and Washington.
Tarlow, Naito & Summers - We strive to provide high-quality, cost-effective and timely legal services to our clients. Whether we are engaged to document and close a transaction or to litigate a business dispute, our goal is to reach the finish line as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
Vigor - With ten locations and more than 2,500 workers Vigor is the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Our companies share a common goal: providing world-class maritime and industrial services to support our customers and strengthen the communities where we live and work.
INTERNSHIPS AT ADVANCED AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION & SPONSORING COMPANIES
Advanced American Construction in conjunction with sponsoring companies offers internships for qualified students who are interested in building experience in the construction industry. Internships give students hands on experience with unique and challenging projects and first hand exposure to project operations. Internships offered are for students in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Engineering Management and other related fields. If you are interested in an internship opportunity, please email HR@advanced-american.com.
Hamilton Construction Company
Hamilton Construction Co. started in Springfield, Oregon as a small firm installing concrete road and irrigation systems in 1939. While we have made a name for ourselves with major bridge replacement and rehabilitation, we work on a variety of large heavy civil construction projects. Hamilton has an emphasis on transportation projects, but our true specialty is building with limited and difficult project access. We understand the importance of stakeholder and permit coordination and the complexities associated with working in high-traffic urban zones, populated recreational areas, sensitive natural habitats, short work windows, and remote project locations.
Ness & Campbell Crane
With over 70 years in the industry, NessCampbell Crane + Rigging has become the #1 crane service provider in the Pacific Northwest. Our expanding fleet of state-of-the-art cranes includes all terrain, hydraulic truck, rough terrain, boom trucks and crawler cranes. Our comprehensive resources make it possible for each division to offer project management, cranes, engineering, rigging and specialized transportation to integrate services across every phase of your project. That includes risk management, unparalleled safety programs, and experienced estimators and craft personnel. With 9 locations in Washington and Oregon we serve all the Northwest’s commercial and industrial markets.- Since 1947 we have dedicated our business to providing industrial level crane + rigging services for our clients. That dedication has shaped the company we have today. We now have over 250 union employees, 95 cranes and 8 locations that allow us to easily serve you anywhere in Oregon and Washington.
Vigor has the right-sized shipyards, leading facilities, excellent intermodal connections, and expert workforces to build, repair, and modernize just about anything for sea or for land. We fabricate heavy, high complexity projects from structural bridge girders to nuclear containment devices, from dam lift gates to space launch complex towers. We love to build. The tighter tolerance and the more complex the better. Whether you need a brand new purpose-built vessel, upgrades or repairs to an existing vessel, or industrial services such as machining, coating, and specialized fabrication, Vigor’s skilled teams and dedicated project managers deliver superior expertise and quality craftsmanship from planning through completion. When you partner with Vigor, you are working with a company dedicated to safety and committed to quality.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS SHARE THEIR GRATITUDE"I don't think a simple thank you is going to express how grateful I am to receive this award. This scholarship could not have come at a better time while I trying to finance my remaining year of school. I could not be more grateful and honored to accept this scholarship, thank you." Samuel Rykken 2017-2018
"I'd like to thank you for the tremendous opportunity you allowed me this summer in becoming a part of the Advanced American family. Thank you for giving me a first-hand experience in the construction field, which was an industry I knew very little about before my internship. From bidding & estimating a job, to executing a project on-site with the crew, I learned a ton through this internship that could never be taught to me in a lecture hall. Between the scholarships over the past couple of years and this summer internship, I'd like to thank you and the rest of the Advanced American family for investing in my future and continuing education at OSU." Garrett Childress, 2016-2017
"The AGC Student Chapter at OSU would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come and present to our students. Over the years, we appreciate your continued support and always look forward to having you on campus." Alexandra Budlong 2016-2017
"I cannot express how much this scholarship has done for me over the past 4 years. Thanks to this scholarship, I have been able to continue my education at Oregon State University and expand my knowledge and gain many opportunities to progress my future." Devin Wyckoff 2012-2015
“By awarding me this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden. Your generosity has blessed and inspired me. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” Evan Altorfer 2014-2015
"The message of the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship helps keep me motivated to do my best in school and reminds me that perseverance and keeping a positive attitude is what I need to focus on to achieve my career goals. Forrest and his father, Konrad Schweiger is one of the many reasons why I want to be involved in a construction-related field of work. To be able to work with amazing people like them while helping my community is my dream career and hopefully I will be in a position to someday help others who are pursuing the same dream." - Tasha Petermann, 2012 -2015
"Recieving the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship and the community of generous donors that come along with it, is invaluable to my education and future career in the construction industry." - Jason Powell, 2011-2013
"It was really neat for my grandparents to see what a family the construction industry is. I love that this is what the Schweiger Scholarship represents, a family of people who advocate for the education of others. It is truly an honor to be part of it all." - Eryn Kelly, 2008
"Overall, this award has been an immeasurable blessing to my life both for academic reasons as well as for my future career choices.” - Colby LeClaire, 2007
"I believe it is my responsibility to achieve at the highest level I can in order to proudly represent the Schweiger family." - Jared Hargens, 2006
"There is an unsurpassed level of reassurance to know that people in the industry are behind you and support you in your construction education." - Jake Sannan, 2006
"With the financial assistance of this scholarship, I will be able to focus more of my energy towards enhancing my education rather than worrying about means of paying for it." - Monica Blanchard, 2006
"With the assistance of the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship, I know I will have the ability to go above and beyond the expectations of involving myself and others in projects that will not only better all of us as engineers, but also the community, the construction industry, and society. - Adrienne Nikolic, 2005
"With this scholarship, I will be that much closer to obtaining my degree in business and furthering my engineering work and education today, for the future tomorrow." - Sara Jackson, 2005
"In receiving this scholarship from the great people that have supported the Schweiger Scholarship, it has encouraged me from the beginning to continue my education to a higher level when I was in doubt." - Andrey Chernishov, 2004
"As a recipient of this scholarship, I would benefit in many ways. I would have the freedom of a financial burden. I would have more confidence in myself knowing that others believe in me. But most of all, I would be greatly honored to receive a scholarship bearing the Schweiger name." - Sandra Rogers, 2004
"Receiving a scholarship shows that someone believes in you and is willing to invest in your future." - Seth Williamson, 2003
"This scholarship is a challenge to be better, work harder, and give all life's aspirations one hundred and ten percent." - Jake Duyck, 2003