Private individuals and AP continually supports two scholarship programs to Colorado State University students in the Construction Management program to provide for the future of our industry and honor the legacy of two former employees, Eric and Randy.
The scholarship setup for Construction Management students at CSU in 1986 honoring Randy Coleman continues to be funded annually, almost four decades later.
Randy Coleman was hired in 1983 and employed with AP as an Estimator until his passing three years later in a tragic cycling accident. Regarded as an avid bicyclist and passionate for his work at AP, the scholarship in his memory is fitting for two of the things he loved – the construction industry and Colorado.
“Randy was a compassionate individual, passionate about cycling and our industry”, regards Michael Peterson, former President at AP who hired Randy. “Randy was well before his time with estimating innovations. He was a computer genius and improved our estimating processes with computations and digital efficiencies before they were main stream. I enjoyed talking with him about his dreams for the future of wanting a family.”
In Randy’s honor, the Randolph B. Coleman Memorial Scholarship at CSU was established and has been fully funded every year since his passing. The scholarship aids students who had a summer work experience in the industry and are planning to pursue a career in Construction Management.
Eric Dimmick, who passed away from cancer in 2017 at the age of 45, was employed at AP for 10 years as a Senior Pre-Construction Manager with a focus in healthcare and educational facilities. As with Randy, in recognition of Eric’s contributions to the industry, an endowed scholarship was established for construction students in his name at CSU. A Ram at heart, Eric completed his graduate studies in Construction Management at CSU in Fort Collins.
The Eric T. Dimmick Memorial Scholarship is given to students who demonstrate an interest in working in commercial construction and pre-construction. The scholarship has also been fully funded every year since Eric’s passing.
The Construction Management program at Colorado State University, accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, is one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. Since its inception in 1946, thousands of students have graduated, many of them going on to become leaders in their field. In the case of Randy and Eric, more than 40 annual scholarships have been granted to students.
Collectively, the Mountain States Region staff at AP have 121 degrees obtained from CSU. Scholarship programs such as the ones honoring Randy and Eric are part of the AP culture to care for our employees, their families and our local community.