The North East Roofing Educational Foundation (NEREF) has established a scholarship program to assist employees, immediate family members of employees, or the immediate family of NERCA members who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college and vocational programs. Scholarships will be offered each year for full-time study at any accredited post-secondary institution of the student’s choice.

Fourteen scholarships will be awarded this year in the amount of $3,000 each. Payment is made in August and checks will be mailed to the bursar of the school where the scholarship winner will do his or her undergraduate work.

Interested students must complete the attached application and either mail or email it along with a current and complete transcript of grades to NEREF postmarked no later than May 15, 2024. Applications may be reproduced as needed.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. All information received is considered confidential.


On June 8, 2024, the NEREF Trustees met to approve the recipients of the annual NEREF  scholarships. The trustees are pleased to announce the following awards:

Malia Lucas

Robert W. Therrien Sr., Scholarship

Landisburg, Pennsylvania

Victor Canavan

Robert W. and Beverly G. Therrien Sr. Scholarship

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Zachary Canavan

25th Robert F. and Marion R. Shea Jr., Memorial Scholarship

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Meaghan Yale

23rd James A. McBrady Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Middlebury, Connecticut

Noah Santos

22nd Elevate Scholarship

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Kalista Zavras

21st Logie Family Trust Scholarship

Worcester, Massachusetts

Kara Francis

20th North/East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA) Scholarship

Suffield, Connecticut

Anthony DeMarco

18th Eastern Architectural Representatives Scholarship

Bethel, Connecticut

Meridith Madden

14th Lincoln R. McKie Memorial Scholarship

Canton, Massachusetts

Karissa Doerr

12th Thomas S. Gunning Scholarship

Blandon, Pennsylvania

Jessica Coyt

10th James McAdam Scholarship

Waterbury, Connecticut

Jocelyn Doerr

6th North East Roofing Educational Foundation (NEREF)

Blandon, Pennsylvania

Karena Kuehl

5th Angelo A. Gentile Sr. Scholarship

Rutland, Vermont

Andrew Madden

5th Richard N. Jenkins Family Trust Scholarship

Canton, Massachusetts


In 1999, the North East Roofing Educational Foundation was formed as a not-for-profit corporation. NEREF provides financial assistance for employees, immediate family members of employees, or the immediate family of NERCA members who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college and vocational programs.

This spring, NEREF was able to provide fourteen scholarships to members of the roofing industry to assist in furthering their education. Through the generosity of several foundation members and contractors, all fourteen scholarships were completely funded. However, even with their generosity, the Foundation was forced to turn away more than forty deserving applicants. Our goal is to be able to provide additional scholarships to deserving individuals from the roofing industry in the years to come.


Mark Puleo
Eastern Architectural Reps
Woburn, Massachusetts

Vice Chairman
Christopher Sears
John F. Shea Co., Inc.
Mattapan, Massachusetts

Skip Gentile Jr.
SRC Inc.
Quincy, Massachusetts


Richard N. Jenkins
Weston, Massachusetts

James D. McAdam
FJ Dahill Co. Inc.
New Haven, Connecticut

James MacKimm
Beacon Sales Company
Peabody, Massachusetts

Robert W. Therrien Jr.
The Melanson Co., Inc., a TECTA America Company LLC
Keene, New Hampshire

Stephen P. McBrady
SMR Inc.
Portland, Maine


The trustees are extremely grateful for these donations and are hopeful for the future of this program. For further information on the Foundation Friends Program please contact Patsy Sweeney at the association office at 781/849-0555.


Andrew Logie, Beacon Sales Company, Somerville, Massachusetts

Dan Chalifour, Eastern Architectural Representatives, Woburn, Massachusetts

Mike Vall, Firestone Building Products Inc, Nashville, Tennessee

McKie Family, Lincoln Equipment Associates Inc., West Medford, Massachusetts

Robert W. Therrien Jr., The Melanson Company, A Tecta America Company, LLC Keene, New Hampshire

Stephen P McBrady, SMR Inc, Portland, Maine
Angelo Gentile, SRC Roofing Inc, Quincy, Massachusetts


Steve Field, Heritage Wholesalers, Malden, Massachusetts

Robert W. Therrien Jr., The Melanson Company, A Tecta America Company, LLC Keene, New Hampshire

Christopher Sears, John F. Shea Co., Inc., Avon. Massachusetts


Michael K. Meyer, Canopy Roofing Systems, Briarcliff Manor, New York

James D. McAdam, F.J. Dahill Company Inc., New Haven, Connecticut


Brad Segal, Bradco Supply Corp, Avenel, New Jersey

Norman Elvin, G&E Roofing Corporation, Augusta, Maine

James McDermott, GAF Materials Corporation, Sweedesboro, New Jersey

Brian C. Hurley, Hurley Construction & Roofing Co., Inc., Malden, Massachusetts

Richard Jenkins, Weston, Massachusetts


Charles Hallenbeck, Soprema, Inc. – East Region, Wadsworth, Ohio

Gary Wolfe, Wolfe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania


James MacKimm, Beacon Sales Company, Peabody, Massachusetts

Ray Gorman, Gorman Roofing Inc, Cumberland, Rhode Island

Thomas J. Gunning, North/East Roofing Contractors Association, Braintree, Massachusetts

Anne Hassin, OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts

Angelo Gentile Jr., SRC Roofing Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts


Michael Ambrose, MJ Ambrose Enterprises Inc, Dedham, Massachusetts

Paul T. Cappello, C&C Cornice Co. Inc., Newton, Massachusetts

Clark Chase IV, Constructions Collaborative Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts

Charles Gorman, CMG Roofing Co., LLC, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Doug Klein, H. Klein & Sons Inc., Mineola, New York

Robert Marshall, Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc., Peabody, Massachusetts


Norman Elvin, G&E Roofing Corporation, Augusta, Maine

Todd Rotti, NorthStar Construction Services Corporation, Shirley, Massachusetts

Robert Dunn, R&S Construction Services Inc., Middlebury, Connecticut

Gary Wolfe, Wolfe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania


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