The inception of the California Homebuilding Foundation scholarship program was rooted in the principle that every driven individual with a need should be afforded the chance to advance their education or skills within the homebuilding and construction sector. Scholarships are granted to graduates of the Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) who are pursuing further education in postsecondary homebuilding-related programs, community colleges, California State Universities (CSU) and technical schools. Applications are welcomed throughout the year.



BITA graduates who are prepared to enter the workforce can apply for a California Homebuilding Foundation Work-Ready Grant. This grant assists graduates in obtaining essential tools, supplies, equipment, and work attire necessary for job site requirements. Proof of employment with a California-based employer or company is mandatory for consideration.


College or Technical School Scholarships

BITA graduates who are pursuing further education in a building-related associate or bachelor’s degree program or undergoing postsecondary technical training for a specialized job in a skilled trade career, are eligible to apply for a Foundation BITA scholarship. Proof of enrollment at a California college or institution is mandatory for consideration.


University and Two-Year College Scholarships

Each year, the California Homebuilding Foundation provides thousands of dollars in scholarships to students majoring in building programs, including construction management, urban planning, engineering, and architecture. Applicants must provide official proof of enrollment status at their respective institutions when applying for consideration.


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