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Betty Spalton Scholarships

The Betty Spalton Trust Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial support to individuals obtaining an education in fields associated with the road building and heavy construction industry. As one of the goals of this fund is to encourage diversity in the industry, preference is given to females and/or members of minority groups. The fund honours Betty Spalton, an industry and Association leader who died after a brief illness in 1999.

The Betty Spalton Scholarship is merit-based, and awards the successful candidate(s) $1,500 to be used for study and living expenses.

All application packages should be submitted to:

Betty Spalton Trust Fund
B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association
Suite 307, 8678 Greenall Avenue
Burnaby, B.C.
V5J 3M6


Betty Spalton began her career with B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Highways. She later served as District Highways Manager in McBride and went on to become President and General Manager of the Okanagan South (Penticton) Division of Argo Road Maintenance. As a member of the B.C. Road Builders Board of Directors, she headed the maintenance sector and was an acknowledged expert in maintenance policy, standards, business management and construction in general.

Broadly regarded as a leader in highway maintenance in B.C., there is widespread consensus that Ms. Spalton’s outstanding contribution to the Association and the industry has been an inspiration to many.

The Funding

Argo Road Maintenance Inc. and the B.C. Ministry of Transportation generously donated the initial seed money for the scholarship fund. The B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association raises money for the fund annually at its Ivan Hanchard Charity Golf Tournament, and absorbs all administrative costs related to the fund.

Who may apply:

  • Any student entering or continuing studies leading to a career in road building, road maintenance or heavy construction.
  • Preference will be given to students who are female and/or members of minority groups.
  • Program of study may be either full-time or part-time at any B.C. college, university, technical or trades institute.
  • Individuals returning back-to-school to upgrade their skills and knowledge are welcome to apply.
  • The judges reserve the right to not award the scholarship if no suitable candidates apply.
  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens.

Applications should include:

  • A brief 250 - 500 word essay explaining interest in obtaining an education in the field and career goals.
  • Transcripts from any secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • A current resume.

Deadline & Judging

  • Deadline is May 31st of each year.
  • The Association’s Betty Spalton Scholarship Committee decides on the successful candidate(s).
  • Winners will be contacted directly by the Association.