NRVHBA Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship

The mission of the NRVHBA Scholarship Committee is to support the future growth of the Construction Industry by providing aid to deserving students enrolled in construction-related studies at Virginia’s Colleges, Trade Schools and within Working Internships. We will present a scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior from a NRV High School who is interested in entering the Building Profession, including but not limited to architecture, drafting, building trades (electrical, plumbing, hvac), carpentry, contracting, and engineering.

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Submit your completed application to Heather Lyn Conner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to:NRVHBA, P.O. Box 2010, Christiansburg, VA 24068

To be eligible applications must be received by April 13th, 2018

Winner will be announced in May.

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2017 Scholarship Recipent - Landon Bell of Christiansburg

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This year, we are proud to announce Landon Bell, of Christiansburg, as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient. Though we received many outstanding applications, in the end, we choose the student whom we believe will impact the building industry here within the NRV.

As a child, Landon discovered a love of seeing things develop. It was this love which has lead him to pursue a degree of Building Construction with a concertation on management. To further his knowledge of the industry, Landon will also seek a real state minor which will help him sustain a career.

Landon Bell is a fabulous example of a student and future building industry member we would be proud to have in the NRV. He already values the NRVHBA Codes of Ethics and we look forward to watching him grow and meet his personal life goals. 


Richard S. Whitney, Jr.

December 5, 1949 - May 14, 2002

A Graduate of North Cross School and attended the University of Virginia and graduated from East Tennessee State University. Former Vice President of Homebuilders Association of Virginia. He served on a multitude of Homebuilders Association committees, many of which he served as chairman. In 1992 Rick was named RRHBA Builder of the Year. 

In 1997 he came to the New River Valley area. Employed as Vice President of Construction for SAS Construction, LLC, Rick was instrumental in developing and constructing Knollwood Townhomes, the Glen, and The Meadows at Northside Park, Cedarfield Subdivision and Cedarfield Apartments. He became an avid member of the New River Valley Homebuilders Association in 1997, Builder Director in 1997, Vice President in 1998 and President of this Association in 1999. While active in the New River Valley Homebuilders he also found time to serve on the board of directors of the Virginia Community Development Corp, American Red Cross, the Blue Ridge Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau. He also served on the board of directors and was treasurer of the Jefferson Center Foundation.

As a father, Rick recognized the importance of education to young people. So, to encourage others to pursue their dreams this scholarship was established to honor his many accomplishments. He is sadly missed but will never be forgotten.