TEXO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the construction members of TEXO in their workforce development efforts. In 2017, the Foundation established a board of directors to help set a vision to begin tackling the current construction labor shortage and encouraging the best and brightest students to pursue careers in construction. The organization has three main focus areas for outreach – high school, college, and the community.


To educate, recruit, train, and retain the next generation of construction professionals.

For schools looking to connect with the TEXO Foundation, please click below to complete our Request Form:

Foundation Request Form


For educators looking for digital & classroom resources, please click below to view our new Educator Resources page:

TEXO Foundation Educator Resources

Scholarships & Grants

TEXO Foundation raises funds to support the construction industry through the generous support of our TEXO members. Our goal is that, through university support via scholarships and grants, high quality employees will be attracted to the Dallas/Fort Worth construction market.

Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships on an annual basis. After receiving the applications, TEXO Foundation reviews the applications and determines which students will receive an opportunity to interview for a scholarship. Many factors weigh into the decision of awarding scholarships, and we take time to visit with the candidates in a virtual panel-style interview.

The 2022 Scholarship Application is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied! The scholarship committee will be reviewing applications soon and will reach out to finalists directly to set up their virtual interviews.

High School Outreach Committee

High school outreach focuses on creating pipelines within high schools via advisory councils, classroom presentations, construction awareness events, and scholarships to encourage careers in construction and skilled trades.

College Outreach Committee

College outreach focuses on building relationships with colleges and universities that have accredited construction programs, including the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5, as well as administering scholarships and grants.

Community Outreach Committee

Community outreach is a new area of focus for the Foundation and will primarily focus on encouraging veterans, parolees, individuals looking to change careers, and others to join the construction industry.

ASC Region 5 | TEXO Foundation Student Competition

Each year, TEXO Foundation and Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 team up and host the Student Competition. Teams of students from 4 states compete against each other using member companies’ construction projects to show their skill and interest in careers in construction. Students compete in three divisions: heavy civil, commercial, and design-build. This event allows industry professionals to meet the brightest college students and future recruits.

2021 Registration Coming Soon     Division Sponsor Interest Form

Building Knowledge Conference

The Building Knowledge Conference is an annual educators’ conference hosted by the TEXO Foundation in Dallas, TX. This conference is designed to connect higher education professionals in construction-related degree programs with construction industry representatives from DFW. The conference focuses on discussing industry standards, economic outlook, construction projects of the future, technology and innovation, and what the industry looks for in hiring future graduates.

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KIDSBUILD is a family event hosted during the annual TEXO YCC Tailgate focused on getting kids interested in construction career opportunities. While parents can enjoy BBQ, chili, and washers at the Tailgate, kids ages 3-9 can participate in hands-on construction activities sponsored by dedicated TEXO members and associated industry.

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TEXO Foundation Board of Directors


Josh Carson, Board Chair | Moss


Bennett Brown | Brown & Tucker

Holly Crowder | The Beck Group

Beck Dando | Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Ann-Maree Harrison | Hilti North America

Russell Jumper | Gray Reed

Douglas C. Karr | Turner Construction Company

Michael Manry | Polk Mechanical

Mike Oswald | Hill & Wilkinson Construction Group

Joe Rivas | Walker Engineering

Partner Universities

John Brown University

Louisiana Tech University

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University – Institute of Technology, Okmulgee

Lamar University

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University – Commerce

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

University of Arkansas – Little Rock

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Monroe

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of Texas at Tyler

Partner High Schools

Anna ISD

Castleberry ISD

Cedar Hill ISD

Celina High School (Celina ISD)

City Lab

Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center (Arlington ISD)

Denton ISD

Ennis ISD

Ferris ISD

Forney High School (Forney ISD)

Italy ISD

KCAL (Keller ISD)

Lake Highlands High School (Richardson ISD)

Lewisville Career Center East (Lewisville ISD)

Little Elm High School (Little Elm ISD)

MacArthur High School (Irving ISD)

Mansfield ISD

Melissa ISD

Mesquite ISD

Midlothian ISD

O.D. Wyatt High School (Fort Worth ISD)

Red Oak ISD

Richardson High School (Richardson ISD)

South Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie ISD)

Texas Can Academies

Uplift Charter School

Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Dallas ISD)

Wylie High School (Wylie ISD)

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