To honor the accomplishments of its inaugural graduating class, the American College of the Building Arts held its Jazz and Julep party Friday, May 1, hosted by ACBA Trustee Sarah Shields Horton. Several ACBA students were asked to volunteer their services for the event and I was one of those few.
After a couple of hours of serving mint juleps to the guests, the student volunteers were asked to join the party for a presentation. Little did we know that the chosen volunteers were the recipients of several endowed scholarships. It was a privilege for me to receive the DeCosta Scholarship “for support of a building artisan with outstanding talent in his or her trade.” Mrs. Emily DeCosta was present at the party to present the award on behalf of her late husband, Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr.
Mr. DeCosta died at age 85 in December of 2008, but not before leaving a legacy of quality craftsmanship and preservation awareness. In addition to being a renown restoration consultant, general contractor and businessman at the time of his death, he was an advocate for civic involvement in the Charleston community, including the Historic Charleston Foundation and the American College of the Building Arts. A brief bio and list of his amazing accomplishments can be found here.
It is an honor to receive this scholarship and I will keep Mr. DeCosta’s legacy alive by contributing to the preservation community, through civic involvement and by using my God-given talent as I develop my architectural plastering career.