EDiS Culture

Sharing the Joys of Construction Essay Competition – 2023

By Nick Michael • February 2, 2023 • 2 MIN READ

At EDiS Company, we are an accumulation of people who have dedicated themselves to building excellence. Building buildings, building community, and building legacy. The people of EDiS are our “secret ingredient,” and they come from all different backgrounds and ancestry. We’re looking to be inspired by the young builders of the future, and asking them to share the joy of construction with our communities. Black History Month provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the incredible potential of a diverse workforce. See the official announcement poster by clicking here: Essay-Competition 2023

Check out the winners of the second annual Sharing the Joys of Construction Essay Competition:

Students choose one from the following four prompts. Essays should be 500-1,000 words but can go over. Let it be noted that this year we are allowing video submissions as well, please make sure to still include all of the necessary information found in the announcement poster. If these four prompts don’t motivate you, please feel free to come up with your own prompt for inspiration and innovation.


Identify an African American trades person that has influenced your life. How have they passed on the joy of construction to you?


Identify an African American owned construction company and tell us about their success.


Tell us about the history of African American contributions to the built environment. This applies to any era in American history.


Tell us about a famous (or not so famous) African American architect, engineer, or designer past or present that has contributed to the built environment.

Prize money will be awarded to the most inspirational essays:




New this year, in the spirit of supporting the amazing men and women teaching in our vo-tech classrooms, prize money will also be awarded to the teacher who inspires each student the most. Students will select a “sponsor teacher” to receive additional prize money to use for classroom supplies. This applies to first, second, and third place winners.

The essay submission deadline is February 21, 2023. Winners will be notified the final week of February.

Please send any questions you might have via email to