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Awards and Scholarships

Earl E. Bowman Award for Meritorious Service

The Indiana Association of Building Officials dedicates this award to the memory of Earl E. Bowman; who lost his life on July 3, 2002 during a routine building inspection in Huntington County and is our only Line of Duty Death.  Nominations for the award shall be submitted to the Association Office at least sixty (60) days before the Annual Business Meeting and the recipient shall be chosen by the Board of Directors at a regular business meeting at least 60 days before the Annual Business Meeting. Nominees must be in good standing, will have demonstrated dedication and personal achievement, and have brought honor to their career, to their community and to the Indiana Association of Building Officials.


Click here for the nomination form for the Earl E. Bowman Award.


Nick Nicholson Education Award

This award shall be awarded to a current member in good standing who best demonstrates a positive influence on the Association’s members through his/her involvement in the Association’s education programs by the teaching of code classes or by serving on any of the committees which are involved in the furthering of the educational goals of the Association.

Click here for the nomination form for the Nick Nicholson Education Award.


Herman H. Darlage Memorial Scholarship

Herman H. Darlage, 1927-1990, for over 30 years was the City of Columbus/Bartholomew County Building Commissioner. He served 2 terms as President of the Indiana Association of Building Officials, Inc. (1976-1977 & 1979-1980). Herman touched the lives of all he knew and had a passion for the Association and furthering building & fire safety through education.  Herman was appointed by Governor Robert D Orr, M.D. to the first Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission in 1984, representing local building officials for two terms.

The Indiana Association of Building Officials, Inc.in honor of Herman’s passion for education created and sustains the Herman H. Darlage Memorial Scholarship to promote education with the intent of giving back to our communities by supporting youth, and to honor the spirit exemplified by Herman H. Darlage and shared by our members – that of enduring excellence through education.


Click here for the 2018 Scholarship Announcement

Click here for the Scholarship Application

Click here for the Transmittal Form

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