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April 11, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Two EMU students receive scholarships from 84 Lumber

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and 84 Lumber are teaming up to help students build a better future.

Two EMU construction management majors recently received the first scholarships from a $25,000 donation made by the Pennsylvania lumber company.

LaTina Johnson, a freshman from Detroit, and Akia Brown, a sophomore from Warren, will receive $5,000 a year for two years to help offset tuition. The remaining funds will be used for mentoring and the establishment of a learning community.

"One of our frustrations has been attracting underrepresented groups into the very lucrative career path of construction management," said John Dugger, dean of EMU's College of Technology. "Investments by companies such as 84 Lumber enable us to help those groups overcome barriers by offering mentoring programs, field experience and scholarships to offset the cost of tuition."

Of the 188 undergraduates in construction management at EMU, less than 10 percent are women, said Dugger.

"LaTina and Akia are two exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a desire to develop careers in the construction industry," said Maggie Hardy Magerko, president of 84 Lumber Company. "We are proud to help them further their education and build strong futures."

The scholarship is part of the company's nationwide charitable "Building Hope Campaign." Founded in 1956 in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, 84 Lumber Company is the largest privately held build materials supplier to professional contractors in the country. The company operates more than 500 locations, including 16 component-manufacturing plants from coast to coast.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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