BESSER Scholarship



What is the BESSER Scholarship?

The BESSER Scholarship is a $2,500 college scholarship that is awarded to a student whose course of study is related to concrete pipe production, application/installation or research.

Why was the scholarship established?

The scholarship was established in recognition of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s annual National Concrete Pipe Week in 2016. The employee-owners of BESSER Company established the scholarship with the ACPA Foundation.

The BESSER Scholarship also serves as a tribute to Jesse Besser, Jon Dannenberg, Joe Pelchat and countless others who embraced training and education as pillars of BESSER Company. Through their foresight, ingenuity, dedication and leadership BESSER Company earned an industry-wide reputation for providing impactful training during Pipe Schools held in Sioux City, Iowa, onsite courses in producers’ facilities and as part of ACPA’s annual Pipe School.

BESSER staff train and educate hundreds of industry members annually about the production of concrete pipe, including mix design, machine operation and maintenance and curing.

Scholarship Recipients

2017 – Joe Pelica, Mechanical Engineering Technology student at Delta College, Bay City, Michigan

How can a student apply?

Application forms for the 2018 scholarship will be available on 2 October 2017 on both the Besser and ACPA websites. Applications will need to be submitted by 1 February 2018 for consideration. The committee will review applications in March and award the scholarship in April 2017.

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About BESSER Company

Trusted since 1904, BESSER Company is recognized as the leader for quality concrete products equipment and parts for the masonry, hardscape, pipe and precast markets of the industry. BESSER products are designed, manufactured, and wholly supported by a team of talented employees whose passion for concrete is matched only by the customers we serve.  Producers in over 130 countries have selected BESSER as their industry partner, confident in our legacy of engineering and manufacturing innovative, high-quality, durable production systems while providing continuous support and training for the concrete products industry.

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