A program of the Midwest Building Suppliers Association

MBSA is pleased to present scholarship opportunities for MBSA members. Named to honor the memory of Blair F. Collings of Rockville, Indiana, the scholarship awards collectively represent one of the largest academic scholarship programs among lumber and building material associations in the country.

The funding for the scholarship program, including all amounts awarded, is derived from the volunteer efforts of leaders of MBSA. The main fundraising events for the program are the Sycamore Scramble Golf Outing in Indiana, and the White Pine Classic in Michigan, both held every summer. The money is raised by the generosity of the members in hole sponsorships, player fees, special contributions, and gifts. It is at these annual events that scholarships are awarded.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any employee, associate, and/or immediate family member of an employee or associate of a member firm of the Midwest Building Suppliers Association (MBSA), including retail and “associate”, is eligible to apply, regardless of applicant’s career choice, course of study, or grade level.

Students can be awarded this scholarship a maximum of 3 times during their collegiate career.

How are the applications judged?

The applications are reviewed and studied by the Scholarship Review Committee, a panel of association leaders. The criteria they use in their determination of awards include (but not limited to) grade-point average; leadership activities engaged/skills demonstrated; and extracurricular/campus activities.  The Committee does not know the identity of the applicants, as all identifying data on the applications is masked.  This way, the judging is completely “blind”.


Applications must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time on June 15, 2018




Letters of Recommendation –  New for 2018Your two letters MUST be attached to your application at the time of submission. (Applications without the attachments will not allow one to successfully submit the form.)  At least one of the letters must be from an MBSA member in good standing (both can be if you like). The second one can be from a school counselor, teacher, employer, family friend – almost anyone who will be able to “tell your story” and show why you should be considered.

Transcripts – You can submit a PDF of the online (“unofficial”) transcripts from the student web portal if your college or university has them available to you in that format. These are cheaper, easier, and faster than the official ones (and are quicker to obtain). Of course, a PDF the official ones are welcome as well.  Just like the letters of recommendation, the transcript MUST be uploaded to your application at the time of submission.

If you are an entering freshman this year, send your high school transcript. If you are already in college, please send only college transcripts.

Making sure we receive it – You should receive a confirmation of receipt of your application from our office. If you don’t within 3 days of submitting, please contact us at tmurphy@theMBSA.org or 317-875-3737.




Letters of Recommendation


Leadership Section

Use this section to list any extracurricular activities, honors, awards, and leadership positions held

Essay Section

Please provide a one-page essay that addresses the following points:

-Describe, in detail, your professional/career goals. Include your future plans, and how you intend to achieve these goals.

-Describe why you have chosen your particular field of study; why it interests you, and how you will use this course of study / education to realize your goals.

Supporting documents must be attached to application at time of submission. If you need real-time personal assistance, please give us a call at 317-875-3737 or 1-866-465-8627 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET). We’re here to help you when you need it.