Initially established with funds from the “Call to Heart” at the RCI Convention and Trade Show in Orlando a couple of years ago, this fund provides a travel stipend, hotel, meal stipend, convention registration, and a complimentary one-year student membership to RCI. Average cost has been $1,700 per student.
This year, the Foundation Board hopes to raise $50,000 for this fund. To date, the Foundation has received over $30,000 designated by donors to support this fund.
Here is what some of the students who attended the convention last year had to say:
“My trip to Anaheim to attend the RCI Convention was an amazing experience. From the networking with people in the industry to the educational talks, everything was great and very professional. One experience that was memorable was the initial reception where we met with industry leaders and discussed our plans and information relating to the building envelope. I was pleasantly surprised how willing these people were to talk with students and share their knowledge.” – Scott Belcher, Virginia Tech
“Participating in the RCI Convention was such a great opportunity for me. I enjoyed visiting with the experts in the field of building envelope as well as becoming familiar with the new achievements and products at the tradeshow.” – Simin Imani Rad, NC State University
“(The RCI Convention) was truly a wholesome experience that will forever influence my studies. …I now have a better understanding how building envelopes protect and preserve the spaces within. I have a certain fascination with how components in a building fasten to one another…and these fastenings can be quite intricate and rather beautiful.” – Logan Healy, Virginia Tech