The AGC Education and Research Foundation is holding the 36th Annual James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition.

The competition is open to any senior-level student in a four or five-year ABET or ACCE accredited university construction management or construction-related engineering program. The first place essay author receives $1,000. The winning student’s faculty sponsor also receives $500. Both the recipient and sponsor are invited as guests of the Foundation to attend the 2019 AGC Annual Convention.

This year’s topic is “Attracting and Retaining Future Top Performing Employees: A Student Perspective.”

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018.


The James L. Allhands Essay was established by the late James L. Allhands, one of the founding members of AGC and a prolific writer of construction related works. The award recognizes a student essay on a specific topic that is deemed to be beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry.


For more information contact Melinda Patrician at or 703.837.534.