Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation was established to award college scholarships to local high school seniors. Since 1965, the scholarship foundation has awarded $1.7 million to 443 deserving students. Students do not have to major in the building trades, and awards are distributed over a four-year period. In 2013, five $5,000 scholarships were awarded. The recipients were selected by a committee of builders, educators, and local business members. Awards are based on academic success, financial need, and community involvement.