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Local builder endows Student Constructors Scholarship at PSC

Pensacola builder Amir Fooladi has established a scholarship to help Pensacola State College students hoping to enter the construction field.


Fooladi, PSC President Ed Meadows and the PSC Alumni Association announced the PSC Student Constructors Endowed Scholarship earlier this week.

Open to students enrolled in the College’s carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and drafting design programs, the scholarship also will help supply Northwest Florida with more construction trade employees.

“One of the biggest hurdles in our industry right now is finding good people and having a skilled labor force,’’ said Fooladi, president and CEO of ParsCo.

“… A lot of times we don’t have the skilled labor we need. Some of the biggest hurdles we face in our industry right now are finding good people and having a skilled labor force. We want to help our community by creating high-paying jobs for an industry that’s really in need of people.”

Fooladi’s initial gift was $13,500, with $1,000 of that immediately awardable to two students who received scholarships in Spring 2021 semester. The Alumni Association matched the remainder — $12,500 — to establish the current $25,000 endowment fund.

Meadows praised Fooladi’s generosity and vision.

“This endowed scholarship may be the first for our construction program,’’ Meadows said. “The nice thing about Mr. Fooladi’s endowment is that he is challenging other construction companies to add to this endowment for the purpose of assisting more students enroll in this program.

“… Mr. Fooladi’s generosity is greatly appreciated and comes at a critical time to help meet the major shortage of skilled workers in the construction field.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction sector jobs are projected to grow about 4 percent each year through 2029 and gain about 296,300 new jobs. Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction and extraction occupation, the BLS reported.

The median annual wage for all construction and extraction occupations was $48,610 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

Hailey Lotz, director of the Alumni Association, said the scholarship represents the College’s mission.

“This scholarship is what PSC is all about. Mr. Fooladi forged a friendship with us at one of our events and out of that friendship came a vision to help the community in a full circle way,” she said. “Mr. Fooladi knows the construction field, he knows the growing demand for good employees, and he has a genuine passion for education and helping others achieve their goals.”

Fooladi earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi and is an adjunct instructor at the University of West Florida where he teaches construction administration and contract law.

After graduating from Southern Miss, Fooladi worked for several general contractors including Yates Construction. He started ParsCo in 2005. Company projects include the current Brent Lofts project in downtown Pensacola and the historic Marston Quina renovation that was completed in 2019. The Marston Quina project won the Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for Best Historical Renovation in Florida.

Fooladi has also established scholarships at UWF, Southern Miss and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

For more information, contact Sheila Nichols, the college’s executive director of marketing and information, at 850-484-1428 or snichols@pensacolastate.edu.