~ The Build My Future Board has recently announced the recipient of their $1,000 scholarship for a Kickapoo High School senior pursuing a degree in construction management. William Blaine, who will be attending Missouri State University in the fall, was chosen for his dedication and passion for the construction industry.

Blaine first attended the Build My Future event on March 27, 2024 in Springfield, where he was inspired to pursue a career in construction management after speaking with various professionals in the skilled trades. "I really enjoyed talking to the local plumber's union and trying out welding," Blaine shared. "I realized I wanted to be on construction job sites interacting with people. I think I am a good leader, and I can see myself overseeing job sites someday."

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Blaine is no stranger to hard work, as he currently maintains a 3.94 GPA and runs his own lawn mowing business. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Build My Future is a non-profit organization that aims to promote careers in the construction industry to high school students. The event was first held in Springfield, Missouri in 2017 and has since expanded nationally to 11 states, with numerous events taking place in Missouri.

"I am very grateful to receive this scholarship," Blaine expressed. "I would encourage other students to attend Build My Future and learn about the construction industry and skilled trades. It was really eye-opening talking to people about their jobs."

For more information on Build My Future and their mission, please visit

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