AGC Scholarship Winners
Coleen Geraghty headshot

n May 16, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. I finished with a 4.1 GPA and completed two capstone projects my senior year, one for civil engineering and one for my sustainability studies minor. I learned so much about myself, including how to continue pursuing my passions in the industry. I am looking forward to applying the skills I have learned and am confident that these skills will help me be successful in my future occupations.

It has been an amazing four years and I could not have done it without Associated General Contractors of Alaska’s investment in my education. Having scholarships made it possible to choose an internship that I was truly interested in and later, it gave me the flexibility to focus on school when I couldn’t make the time for school and work in my last semester.

I attended the University of New Mexico in person for two years. I spent my junior year on exchange to Montreal, Canada, and finished my senior year remotely from Alaska. I worked part time during the semesters and full time during summers, as an environmental engineering intern and as a structural engineering intern at a solar racking company. I gained so much and met amazing people from the various places I lived. I was also introduced to different ways of solving problems by living in different states and countries. All of this has contributed to what I think is a great launch into my engineering career and pursuit of life-long learning.

I started my master’s in construction management during my senior year with the “extra” time in my schedule and plan to finish my second degree in the next year. I will spend some time on natural building construction sites this fall and look for more opportunities to work on sustainable/green projects in whatever form I can find.

I will not forget how generous this association has been to me. I plan to pay it forward and hope to make a positive difference in the construction industry influencing generations to come. Thank you for the generosity you have shown me.

—Coleen Geraghty
Fa’amao Daniel Asalele Asafo headshot

am truly thankful and honored to be a recipient of this year’s AGC of Alaska scholarship. I am originally from American Samoa but came to Alaska in 2018 to further my education. Before moving up here, I obtained my associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from the American Samoa Community College. I am currently going into my senior year at the University of Alaska Anchorage, pursuing a degree in construction management with a minor in business administration. This scholarship lifts a financial weight going into the last year of my undergraduate program. This summer I will be interning with HPM Contracting as a field engineer and am excited to be a part of one of the company’s first projects here in Alaska. I would like to thank the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for its never-ending support in assisting the next generation’s growth in the construction industry. I am excited to continue growing and developing my professional career here in Alaska and cannot wait for what the future holds for me. Lastly, a special thanks to my parents and family in American Samoa and abroad for their continued support as I pursue my educational and career goals.

—Fa’amao Daniel Asalele Asafo
Michael Smith headshot

express my gratitude for receiving a scholarship from AGC of Alaska to help pay for the senior year of my construction management degree program. I have worked in construction for 20 years and recognize the value that a college education will give me as I expand my career in construction in Alaska. I began my formal education by attending two online classes while I continued working full time. With the help of AGC of Alaska I have been able to increase my course load and attend school full time for the 2020-2021 school year and now for the 2021-2022 school year. The assistance from AGC of Alaska helps me maintain an aggressive school schedule and thus attain my educational goals by the spring of 2022. Thank you.

—Michael Smith
Micah Moore headshot

hank you for selecting me as a recipient for the AGC of Alaska scholarship. I can’t find any better words but to devote my gratitude to the association that supports jobs like construction around the state of Alaska. I am currently graduating from Nome-Beltz Middle High School and going to the University of Alaska Southeast in the fall to learn to make great structures like houses, earn an associate’s degree and pursue a career in the construction business. I also hope to use this scholarship to help me help others, as well as build my own home where I want it. I’ve done a few local assignments as a local construction worker but I learned a lot from my father, who has been doing construction before me. I also really enjoy being outdoors. Without AGC’s donation, my education towards building big structures would cause potential impact upon the outcome of my receipt. Your commitment to helping other generations like me is a world of blessing.

—Micah Moore