AGC of California Awards President’s Scholarship

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2010 AGCC President Bob Christenson and several AGC Construction Education Foundation board members honored Buenrostro at a luncheon last month at Riverside Clubhouse in Sacramento. He was presented with a $5,000 check in recognition of his academic excellence, experience serving as an intern with several construction companies and his involvement within the community coaching youth soccer.

Pictured during scholarship luncheon in Sacramento are, from left, Mike Mencarini, Unger Construction Co.; AGC of California Immediate Past President Bob Christenson; AGC scholarship recipient Jose Buenrostro; and Cathy Skeen, Excel Bonds & Insurance Services and Immediate Past Chair of the AGC Associates Council.

The AGC of California President’s Scholarship Award recipient is selected each year by the association’s president, and it is awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated academic excellence in an industry related program. Fundraising efforts are led by the AGC Associates Council, which in 2010 successfully raised $5,000 for the scholarship.

“When I received Jose’s scholarship information for review I was blown away by his achievements, but also amazed by how he has worked to overcome a number of challenges to get where he is today,” says Christenson.

Buenrostro’s story is one of perseverance. Born in Watsonville, he was brought up in a home where strong work ethic was stressed and education was equally important. Always academically advanced, Buenrostro won several scholarships in high school while concurrently taking college courses at Hartnell Community College.

During his first year in college, he and his wife (then girlfriend) welcomed a baby boy. Buenrostro made the decision to put college on hold for the first five years of his son’s life in order to work and support his family.

He worked in the retail business until his father started his own construction firm in 2003, where he joined him as a laborer for four years. With his wife’s encouragement, he returned to Hartnell where he graduated with his AA in Construction Management in 2008.

After some tough decision making, he relocated without his family in the fall of 2008 to enroll in CSUS’s Construction Management Engineering program. However, Buenrostro makes the trek back to Carmel Valley every weekend to be with his family and in the fall he coaches his son’s soccer team.

He served as a project engineer intern on the CSUS Recreation and Wellness Center Project. Additionally, he competed in the ASC Student Completion in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Buenrostro said he will use the 2010 AGC President’s Scholarship to better prepare himself as a construction management professional by completing LEED Accreditation courses and testing.