Harrison Williams, a senior at Springfield High School, was presented the Springfield Area Home Builders Associations Robert E. von Behren Scholarship for $1,000 on June 11th. Harrison, son of Derrick and Jacqueline Williams, was chosen from applicants spanning Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan counties.
Williams has earned a number of scholastic achievements; among them is his ranking as No. 1 in his class of 298 students and being named an Illinois State Scholar and Central State 8 Academic All-Conference student athlete in wrestling and football. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and the high school band.
Williams has been active in numerous volunteer activities, events and organizations throughout the school and in the community. He is the Youth Coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity Youth Build, a life scout of the Boy Scouts of America and is active in multiple roles in the Springfield Church of Christ. Harrison plans to attend Georgia Tech University this fall to study Civil Engineering.
The Robert E. von Behren Scholarship Program is for students pursuing a career in the building industry and recognizes scholastic achievement, leadership skills and school and community involvement. The Springfield Area Home Builders Association proudly created the Robert E. von Behren Scholarship Program in honor of past president, Robert E. von Behren who taught building trades and cement finishing through local union training programs, emphasizing pride in workmanship and encouraging young people to seek work in the construction industry.