The Concrete Industry Foundation (CIF), Inc., now in its 24th year, was originally established in 1993. It became a foundation in 2005 and continues as an independent and freestanding 501(c)3 foundation. The CIF is dedicated to education that contributes to the concrete-built environment. Its work is supported by contributions from the design and construction industry. Significant contributions come from those leaders involved in the many phases of concrete design and production.
The foundation traditionally presents two annual industry recognition awards to acknowledge the leadership roles taken by individual members of our community that further our industry through continuing education.
The CIF Humanitarian Medal is presented “for dedication to the industry, community, and society (resulting) in outstanding benefit to future generations.” The James Anderson Distinguished Service Award for Education is awarded “to acknowledge exceptional service to the education of future members of our industry.”
In addition, the Concrete Industry Foundation has established and continues to support an annual grant in union apprentice programs. This is done on a rotational schedule for the trades that have a direct association with concrete construction. The foundation affirms its support of the trade unions’ apprentice programs and readily acknowledges that a high level of training is a most important vehicle in supplying our industry with trained craftspersons. These grants recognize one of labor’s significant contributions both to education and to the industry.
The Concrete Industry Foundation is built on the concept of volunteerism. It has no paid
staff. It is a totally volunteer effort involving the considerable and diverse talents of dedicated senior professionals. They all share a common bond: a desire to aid future generations of bright, talented, motivated, and equally dedicated future leaders.
Since 1996, when CIF awarded its first scholarships, each award has been funded and continues to be funded without touching the foundation’s inviolate principal. While always looking ahead, the Concrete Industry Foundation’s focus is also on the student experience today.
As an example of this focus, two major initiatives were launched in 2012. The first, and described further in this Annual Report, is the funding of research to advance the medium of concrete as the modality of choice in construction.
The second is a program for student referrals, which had its beginnings in a goal clearly
stated by the late industry leader, Lee Principe, of creating hands-on experience for young people.
At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the following scholarships and grants may be awarded annually:
The Francis J. and Lee J. Principe Scholarship in memory of Virginia Anne Principe
The Alfred Gerosa Scholarship
The Concrete Industry Board Scholarship
The Jack W. Weber Scholarship
The Gustav Erlemann Scholarship
The Frank Principe Scholarship for Industry Interns
The Joseph DePaola Grant
The Dominick & Josephine DeSimone Scholarship
The Raymond Heun Scholarship for Members of the Cement League
The Limbardo Scholarship