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Penn State NAHB Student Chapter

The Penn State Student Chapter of NAHB offers Penn State Graduate and Undergraduate students the opportunity to become members of NAHB at an affordable rate. The chapter is active in hosting industry speakers, offering scholarships to members, and participating in events with the local builders association (Builders Association of Central PA). Members also have the opportunity to participate in the NAHB Student Competition.

The 2020-2021 Student Chapter membership application is available here. Submit the form ASAP to Rachel Fawcett, 2019-2020 NAHB Student Chapter members should have been emailed a renewal invoice for their 2020-2021 national dues from NAHB. New 2020-2021 NAHB Student Chapter members must pay their national dues here. There are no local dues for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19.

NAHB Student Chapter members are able to apply for scholarship support. The 2020-2021 Scholarship application is available here and is due by Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:00pm to Rachel Fawcett, No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Scholarship awardees will receive their scholarships in December 2020 directly into their student account.

Typically, the scholarships are awarded at the NAHB Student Chapter Awards Banquet in November, but for 2020-2021, this event is postponed until spring 2021 due to COVID-19. This annual event brings together the residential construction industry and the next generation for an evening full of networking, delicious food, and celebration at the Nittany Lion Inn. If your company is interested in supporting student scholarships and attending the banquet, contact Tracy Dorman at


NAHB Student Chapters

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association whose broad mission is to enhance the climate for housing, homeownership and the residential building industry.

A federation of more than 800 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members nationwide. About one-third of NAHB’s members are home builders and/or remodelers. The others are associates working in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials.

Since its inception in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as “the voice of America’s housing industry.” Its primary goals are to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent.

The NAHB Student Chapters program is dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students by offering them first-hand exposure to the real world of the building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

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2020-2021 Officers:

Sarah Schirf, President
Matt Yerk, Vice President
Ellie Leyo, Secretary
Meaghan Nelson, Treasurer



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304