The following four programs reflect our belief in promoting the construction industry through programs for young people.


NEF Block Kids Building Competition – Grades K-6 

The Block Kids Building Competition is a national building competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations. The award-winning program introduces children, open to grades K-6, to the construction industry to create awareness and promote careers in the industry. Local winners advance to Regional Competitions, one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competitions, and national prizes are awarded to the top three projects.

Our chapter holds an annual Block Kids competition in January of each year. For more information about our upcoming competition contact our Block Kids Committee at

This years event will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 12:30 pm, at the Pikes Peak Library District Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Check out the flyers below or visit our Events Page for more details.

Block Kids Flyer 2024 With Map                         Block Kids Registration Form 2024                                   Block Kids COVID Waiver



NEF Design Drafting (CAD) Competition – Grades 11 & 12

The Design Drafting Competition is a contest designed for Senior High School and College level students. The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy, and originality of work. Objectives of the contest are to introduce the student to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of self-worth and building confidence.

Mentoring programs between students and educators are also encouraged. Each local sponsor is furnished with a “Design Problem” that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and our international affiliates.

Project drawings must include a minimum of:

a floor plan

exterior elevation

site plan and placement of structure

National winners receive prizes.

This years judging will be held on Saturday, March 2024.

Our chapter partners with area high schools to host a CAD/Hand-Drafting competition with judging completed in March. Contact Amy Christiansen for more information about getting your school involved in the competition and for volunteer opportunities for our annual judging.



Construction Career Days of Southern Colorado – Grades 11-12

Pikes Peak Chapter 356 is a proud sponsor of the Construction Career Days of Southern Colorado annual event held in March of each year. This is a day for junior and senior high school students to experience different aspects of the construction industry by engaging in hands-on activities. For more information and how you and your company can participate in this annual event, please visit the foundations website at



NFSF – NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation

Congratulations to our two 2020 NAWIC Pikes Peak Chapter 356 Scholarship Recipients! Kenna Droog is currently attending Colorado State University Pueblo and is studying Construction Management and Sarah Olden is currently attending Colorado School of Mines and is studying Civil Engineering.

The NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) assists in providing the construction industry with trained employees through higher education. The construction industry encompasses almost every professional discipline, including trades, project management, administrative, legal, financial, insurance, and business owner. The NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) is here to help.

Each year NFSF is pleased to award over $100,000 to worthy recipients in construction-related programs. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,500. Some local chapters award scholarships as well. For questions on eligibility please visit for more details or email them at

NFSF was founded in 1963, is a self-supporting scholarship program, and is a 509(a)(3) designated organization so contributions are tax deductible as a charitable donation. NFSF has the capability to administer scholarships to college or trade school students for your company or local NAWIC chapter.

Pikes Peak Chapter 356 offers one or more scholarships each year to students currently enrolled in a construction-related degree program. Applicants can be women or men but must be attending a college or trade school in Colorado and enrolled in a construction related program. You can find additional information and applications on the national NAWIC website by clicking on this link: The deadline to submit an application to NFSF for a scholarship is February 28.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Pikes Peak Chapter 356 Scholarship fund, please mail your check made out to NFSF, with Pikes Peak 356 in the memo line, to:


Attn: Crissy Ingram, CAE

327 S. Adams Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104



NAWIC Pikes Peak Chapter 356