When he was in college, Haselden superintendent Jeb Bair found a home in Colorado State University’s Construction Management (CM) Department. It provided him with the opportunity to meet members of the construction industry and get to know his peers. When he graduated in 2010, he and a couple of his fellow classmates – Brady Babbitt and Terrance Unrein – wanted to find a way to give back to the next round of students that would be going through the program.

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Jeb (3rd from right) and his 2009 CSU Construction Management competition team

Keeping in mind that many scholarships are based on financial need, and having seen many hardworking students that didn’t quite meet that criteria, but that were well-deserving nonetheless, Jeb and his friends decided to start their own scholarship. By donating their own money, and receiving a matching donation from Haselden, one student per year receives the CM Board of Directors Student Leadership Scholarship – usually at least $1500. “I know it’s not a huge amount,” states Jeb. “But if it can keep a student from having to work a second job to make ends meet, it’s worth it.”

Recipients are chosen based on multiple considerations. These include maintaining a 3.0 GPA, being an officer of a CM club or a CM competition team member, participation in other CSU leadership activities, a letter of recommendation from a CSU staff member, and an essay on leadership. While Jeb and his friends set the qualification parameters, they leave the actual choosing of the recipient up to the school.

Jeb has been working for Haselden since his graduation from CSU (interning even before that), and is currently one of the superintendents on the new CSU chemistry building Haselden is constructing. But he still makes time for all things Colorado State. He volunteers for the CSU CM Cares program and helps with their material procurement. He serves on the CM Professional Advisory Development Board, attending meetings and student socials, as well as serving on the curriculum review board for CM classes. He participates in the CSU CM career fairs to meet students and recruit top talent for Team Haselden. He also worked with the AGC Northern Colorado committee helping them become more involved with the CSU CM department by assisting in coordination of a social event prior to the career fair so the students could meet more industry professionals. And last but not least, for the last four years, Jeb has facilitated an annual football tailgate party for CM students and Haselden team members.

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Haselden Superintendent Jeb Bair – present day – at our CSU Chemistry Building project

Jeb plans to continue his support of CSU programs and the scholarship, and Haselden will continue to match his donation. “It’s great to be able to bring an outstanding school and an outstanding company together.” To learn more about the scholarship, click here and choose the scholarship from the drop down menu.