Tower Family Foundation and NATE Announce the 2018 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

For Immediate Release:                                                                      

February 21, 2018                                                                                               

Tower Family Foundation and NATE Announce the 2018 Recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Scholarship Honors Jones’ Legacy as a Structural Engineer, Industry Icon

(Nashville, Tennessee) – The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today jointly announced that Corey Gilreath, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

Gilreath already has significant real-world experience, having spent the past four years as a structural engineering intern working for a private architect where he is responsible for drafting and basic structural design. For the summer of 2018, he is planning to work as a bridge design intern in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Corey is a diligent and attentive student in all of his classes and the quality of his work is of the highest, professional degree,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “Mr. Gilreath is at the top of his class academically but especially excels in courses related to the structural analysis and design sequence. We think Corey best embodies the spirit and respectful qualities of Ernie Jones as the recipient of his named memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.  

The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards Luncheon sponsored by SBA Communications during the annual NATE UNITE 2018 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ernie was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and a Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more information on the Tower Family Foundation, visit For information regarding NATE, visit

Corey Gilreath



About National Association of Tower Erectors

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 805 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia. For additional information on NATE, please visit


About Tower Family Foundation 

The Tower Family Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit organization that has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on-the-job related activities that tower workers are involved in on a daily basis. For additional information on the Tower Family Foundation, please visit





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