Get to Know Our Scholars

Keishawn Outlaw

Keishawn Outlaw, CCDI’s newest Build Your Future Scholarship award winner, was given tools to start his apprenticeship with Concrete Strategies. Thank you Concrete Strategies.

Build Our Future Scholarship

CCDI has awarded two full scholarships to Kyah and Trenton! Kyah plans to earn her engineering degree from Missouri S&T. Trenton plans to earn his engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Both students, seniors at Ritenour, are very active in their school and community.

Kyah Donaldson

The CCDI foundation has awarded a full scholarship to Kyah Donaldson.  Kyah, a senior at Ritenour High School, is well deserving of this scholarship based upon her entrepreneurial work ethic, outgoing personality and high academic achievements.  She plans to begin her college at St. Louis Community College and earn her civil engineering degree at Missouri S&T.

Trenton Kwasa

The CCDI foundation has awarded a full scholarship to Trenton Kwasa. Trenton, a senior at Ritenour High School is well deserving of this scholarship based upon his strong work ethic, community involvement and leadership skills.

He plans to begin college at St. Louis Community College and earn his engineering degree from Washington University.

PayneCrest Internship

Joe L. is a senior at North Tech High School. Every afternoon, he works hard at his internship at PayneCrest and plans to become an electrician after he graduates.

Art & Science Day

Clayco and CCDI hosted the Art & Science Day at Jennings Sr. High School. Over 60 students met with 15 contractors and learned about the trade options, along with the professional options, in the construction industry.

“Today there was great empowerment and enlightenment of many minds.” said Dr. McCoy, Jennings School District Superintendent.

Catonah Jenkins

Catonah Jenkins is a first-term carpenter for Clayco working at the 6105 Delmar project. Catonah graduated from North Tech High School in May 2017. She is a 2-time track & field state champion in the 100-meter dash and was top of her carpentry class. She will be attended STL Community College starting the fall semester of 2017 and working toward an engineering degree and hopes to become a superintendent and then a project manager. Catonah has been paired with CCDI mentor Lisa Lamons of CSI to help her along the journey.

Julius Collins

Julius Collins is a second term apprentice carpenter for TW Constructors working on the Children’s Hospital Campus Renewal project. Julius will start his first semester as an apprentice scholar at STL Community College in mid-January and hopes to become a project manager.

Chris Conners

Chris graduated in 2016 and began working with Concrete Strategies. Through his hard work, community service and great attendance in school, Chris qualified for the A+ program and is taking night classes at Florissant Valley Community College. Chris aspires to be a civil engineer and the CCDI program will continue to support Chris’ dreams for a bright future. As a reward for Chris’ hard work, the CCDI program assisted Chris in the purchase of his first car to provide safe transportation for Chris to and from work and school.

Malik Johnson

Malik Johnson, the first CCDI student, is now a 3rd-term apprentice carpenter and has worked over 2,100 hours. He has obtained his OSHA 10 and 30, scaffold safety, concrete formwork, first aid, CPR, AED, carpenter tending, and material handling certifications respectively. He will begin his second year of classes at St. Louis Community College this fall where CCDI is providing the financing for tuition and books.

Malik is mentored by Dan Lester of Concrete Strategies.