The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) in cooperation with Southern Industrial Constructors today announced the company’s pledge of $15,000 in scholarship funds to the SC&R Foundation.

The nonprofit supports the crane, rigging, millwright and transportation industries by conducting research and by providing education and scholarships to students preparing for careers related to transportation or construction management.

The scholarships are part of the Association’s new corporate scholarship program, which launches in 2012 and funds scholarships for a period of three to 10 years, depending on a company’s contribution.

Other organizations that have joined the corporate scholarship program include: Terex, of Wilmington, N.C., Bennett International Group of McDonnough, Ga., and Mammoet of Houston.

Southern Industrial has been involved with the SC&RA for more than 35 years. This contribution will fund one $3,000 scholarship each year for five years to help students at four-year colleges or two-year vocational schools find success in fields related to the specialized carriers and rigging industry. Those fields typically include civil engineering and construction-related degrees.

Executive Vice President Earl Johnson, III said that Southern Industrial is always looking for ways to give back to an organization that has provided so much support to the industry.

“Helping the SC&R Foundation provide scholarships to students who want to enter our field is a good way to continue the legacy of hardworking problem-solvers in our industry,” said Johnson. “We owe the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association a great deal of gratitude for what it has done for our company and our industry as a whole.”

The SC&R Foundation has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships since 1986.