New Forte Construction Corp. scholarship created at the Cooper Union

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New York Construction Report staff writer

New York-based general contracting firm Forte Construction Corp. says it has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to education and philanthropy with the launch of the Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship Fund at New York City’s The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, renowned for its higher educational programs for engineering students.

The Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship Fund, valued at $100,000, will fund the education of one four-year undergraduate student earning his or her degree at The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union. When the selection process begins, the school will aim to identify a recipient who demonstrates an interest in construction and/or construction management.

“The Cooper Union has played a significant role in my life, and that of my family, allowing us to pursue a foundational education in engineering and construction—a passion that we now channel into the work we do at Forte Construction,” said President Larry Pappas, who graduated from The Cooper Union in 1998.

“Shaping and educating the next generation of engineers is more important now than ever, when the nation’s expansive infrastructure needs are expected to reach upwards of $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years,” Larry Pappas said in a statement. “Forte Construction is proud to play a part in that.”

Pappas’ brother, Forte Construction CFO Nick Pappas, graduated from The Cooper Union in 2002 and Pappas’ son is continuing the family tradition, now in his sophomore year at the college.

“Forte Construction has long believed in the importance of giving back, and we are honored to be able to support our partner’s alma mater with a scholarship that will create opportunity for the next generation of construction leaders,” said vice-president Stephanie Hudson.

“The Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship is the latest in a long line of charitable endeavors aimed at giving more young people access to a STEM education,” the news release says. “For the past two years, the company has donated to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and its Engineering and Construction camps, which has awarded more than 200 scholarships to aspiring engineers seeking to explore opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Forte Construction Corp. says it has worked on diverse projects across NYC and Long Island, collaborating with key government agencies like MTA, LIRR, NYCHA, NYCTA, and DASNY. “The company performs a wide array of construction projects, including work as a prominent contributor to the accessibility and mobility of people with disabilities in the city, installing more than 60 ADA elevators throughout the New York City subway system on behalf of the MTA,” the statement says.

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