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Scholarship Application

Gary Kahler Memorial Scholarship

To provide scholarships to deserving college/trade school bound students from the Permian Basin, especially those seeking higher education in a construction related field. 

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Gary Kahler Memorial Scholarship

Honoring a role model from the Permian Basin.     

For almost 40 years, Gary Kahler served the construction industry and his community, and is a role model for his contributions to the industry and the Permian Basin.

In 1973, Gary began his career in the construction industry as a framing carpenter in Fort Worth, Texas. A few years later, Gary started Kahler Construction Company, Inc. in North Richland Hills, Texas and in 1981, Gary moved his company to Midland, Texas, where his wife, Linda, joined the company. Together, they remodeled and built new homes and a few commercial offices in the Permian Basin.

Gary’s integrity permeated his company where quality construction and client satisfaction were highly valued. He also believed in giving back to the community and regularly gave his time, knowledge, and other resources to several organizations including: Habitat for Humanity, Midland FairHaven, and Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief.

Gary Kahler was the third President of the Permian Basin Builders Association (PBBA).  When he passed away in 2011, the PBBA Scholarship Program was renamed the “Gary Kahler Memorial Scholarship Fund” in his honor.

The fund provides scholarships each semester to students who graduate from within the 14-county PBBA jurisdiction. Scholarships are awarded to deserving college/trade school bound students, especially those seeking higher education in a construction related field.   For additional information, contact the PWB.

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