Roger Williams University, D.F. Pray General Contractors Launch Scholarship Program for Women and Diverse Students in Construction Management
The D.F. Pray Scholars Program at RWU provides scholarships, internships and professional development to underrepresented students in construction management
BRISTOL, R.I. To be leaders in diversifying the construction management industry, Roger Williams University and D.F. Pray are launching a career training and scholarship program to develop talent and support underrepresented students majoring in construction management.
Today, the university and construction management firm announced D.F. Pray’s commitment of $100,000 to establish the D.F. Pray Scholars Program at RWU. The initiative will provide two Roger Williams University students with two-year scholarships spanning their junior and senior years, paid internships at D.F. Pray, career and professional development, and an additional stipend for housing and transportation costs. The Pray Scholars will be selected from rising juniors majoring in construction management, with preference given to women-identifying and underrepresented students, beginning in the Fall 2023 semester.
“This partnership between Roger Williams University and D.F. Pray is an exciting new way for us to work together to continue to nurture talent and expand access for diverse leaders in the construction management industry,” said RWU President Ioannis N. Miaoulis. “When you put together our exceptional faculty and hands-on education at RWU’s School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management with the rigorous internship experiences that D.F. Pray will provide, the Pray Scholars Program will deliver a powerful and comprehensive training program that provides our students with successful preparation and transition into careers in construction management.”
A national single-source contractor providing design/build, pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services, with offices from Massachusetts to New Haven, Conn., D.F. Pray has been a leading advocate for diversifying the field of construction management and creating a inclusive workforce.
"D.F. Pray is committed to leading the effort for greater gender diversity and minority representation within the construction management and design/build fields," said Kathryn Pray, Esq. L’16 Roger Williams Alumni and Director of Strategic Initiatives at D.F. Pray. "As an alum, I am thrilled to work with Roger Williams University on a partnership that links education and industry to make a real impact on creating a talented, inclusive, and diverse future workforce pipeline.” Scott Pray, President of D.F. Pray added, "The importance of providing access to opportunities and mentorship to develop the next generation of leaders in our field will make the critical difference between a thriving company and one that our globally interconnected industry leaves behind."
Nationally, the construction management industry is facing a significant gap in employment of women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 9.9% of construction professionals are women.
The RWU School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management (SECCM) is uniquely positioned to provide solutions to recruitment challenges of traditionally unrepresented employees in the construction management industry. With a nationally ranked Construction Management program that delivers real-world learning, RWU prepares graduates to be industry-ready on day one and boasts a 100% success rate in getting our graduates hired or enrolled in graduate programs within one year of graduation. As part of its commitment to experiential learning, the University opened the Richard L. Bready Applied Learning Labs building, featuring state-of-the-art labs and special project rooms that provide students the opportunity to test designs and apply their new skills in a laboratory environment.
“SECCM is proud to partner with an industry leader such as D.F. Pray on this program that will provide students the opportunity to both undergo the curriculum of our recognized Construction Management Program and gain real-world, practical experience in the construction industry,” said Robert Griffin, Dean of the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management at RWU. “Our school is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion –within both our programs and the industries our students enter. The D.F. Pray Scholars Program only serves to underscore this commitment.”