Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship

Emory R. Rodgers
Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship



Emory R. Rodgers spent more than four decades devoting himself to the building safety profession and to the creation and ongoing development of the International Codes. As a leader in the industry and in the Code Council community, he put forth unprecedented efforts in educating and preparing the next generation of building safety professionals.

During his lifetime, Emory was recognized by numerous organizations for his contributions to building safety, including the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association, American Institute of Architects and National Institute of Building Sciences. He also received the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award, recognizing his visionary leadership as a Past Presiding Officer of the Code Council.  To commemorate his everlasting influence as a mentor and adviser, the International Code Council created the Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship.

This Fellowship is available annually to a building safety professional, who has embarked upon a demonstrated executive-level career path, and wants to further develop leadership skills through an eligible executive development program. The Fellowship will afford up to $20,000 dollars to cover the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient’s travel to and from the program.

Eligible Programs

Fellowship applicants may submit any executive development program to khiggs@iccsafe.org for Code Council staff’s consideration and approval. Examples of eligible programs include those hosted by higher education institutions that focus on executive-level training, strategic management, leadership development, and/or other similar concentrations. Beyond covering the cost of the program, the Code Council has no involvement in an eligible program’s curriculum or schedule.

Applicant Evaluation

The Code Council’s Professional Development Council (PDC) will serve as the body that initially evaluates all Fellowship applications. Upon its review of all applications, the PDC will create a short list of its recommended award recipients and submit this short list through the CEO to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will then evaluate the PDC’s recommendations and select the final award recipient, if any.

The following evaluation criteria shall be taken into consideration by the PDC and subsequently by the Executive Committee during the evaluation process for each applicant:

  • The candidate’s possession of a minimum of two ICC certifications and five years in a building safety profession.
  • The candidate’s career accomplishments, awards, and/or recognition that demonstrate leadership abilities in a building safety role.
  • The candidate’s proof of application and acceptance into an eligible Code Council-staff approved executive development program.
  • The candidate’s submission of at least three recommendation letters from an immediate supervisor and other community leaders.
  • The candidate’s submission of a personal statement elaborating on his or her personal goals and qualifications.
  • The candidate’s status as a Code Council member and involvement in Code Council programs.
  • The candidate’s involvement in community, civic, and/or extracurricular ventures or affiliations.

After meeting the above criteria, finalists may be subject to an in-person or electronic interview.  Please note that the Code Council’s application and selection process is completely independent from any eligible program’s application and selection process.

Application Instructions and Deadline

A complete application for the Fellowship consists of the following items submitted together:

  • This completed application form
  • Your Resume
  • A personal statement elaborating on your personal goals and qualifications
  • Three recommendation letters from an immediate supervisor and/or other community leaders

Your completed application materials shall be submitted by the application deadline of May 1, 2020 to Vice President of Member Services Karla Higgs at khiggs@iccsafe.org for electronic applications or at 900 Montclair Rd., Birmingham, AL 35213 for paper applications.

Scholarship Winners

2016 Sponsored Scholarship Winners

Samantha Gangi

Charlie O’Meilia Scholarship

Sean Hines

ICC General Scholarship

Gregory Hill

J.W. Neese Scholarship

Sara Lloyd

Eastern Carolina University
Communication Sciences and Disorders
ICC General Scholarship

Reagan Malone

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Civil Engineering
William Tangye Scholarship

Ryleigh Malone

The University of Alabama
Elementary Education
C.D Howard Scholarship 

Scholarship Winners

2015 Sponsored Scholarship Winners


Kyle Boswell

University of Alabama
Chemical Engineering
C.D. Howard Scholarship


Daniel Bowers

Rochester Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering
ICC General Scholarship


Julie Bryant

University of Maryland
Fire Protection Engineering
William Tangye Scholarship


Isabelle Carey

Savannah College of Art and Design
Interior Architecture
J.W. Neese Scholarship


Lucas McClanahan

University of Alabama in Huntsville
ICC General Scholarship


Melissa Schubert

Florida State University
Exercise Science
Charlie O’Meilia Scholarship

Managed Scholarships

The ICC provides administrative support for ICC Chapters who have scholarship programs. This optional chapter benefit is provided with no administrative support fee. Recipients of managed scholarships are selected by the sponsoring ICC Chapters in accordance with criteria determined by the Chapter. The scholarships are funded solely by the sponsoring ICC Chapters. The International Code Council coordinates the distribution of the scholarships. Separate policies are in effect for each scholarship that details the administrative guidelines.

The current scholarship is:

Sponsored Scholarships

Sponsored Scholarships Overview

The International Code Council (ICC) acts as home for the Sponsored Scholarships. The scholarships are funded by contributors and International Code Council (ICC) Chapters. The scholarship program is managed by the ICC. The recipients for these scholarships are selected by a committee of volunteers. Separate policies are in effect for each scholarship that details the selection and administrative guidelines, eligibility requirements, and the selection criteria.

Sponsored Scholarship

Application Process

The 2020 scholarship cycle is now open and will close on Monday, June 29th. Please note only ONE application is needed to apply for all scholarships.

The 2020 Application Form and Recommendation Form are provided below.

Who May Apply

Applicants shall be children (as defined below) of code enforcement agency personnel. The jurisdictional authority must be an active Governmental Member of the ICC. (The William J. Tangye scholarship is available to children of all active ICC members.)

Children must be dependents as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Typically, this includes birth children, stepchildren, legally adopted children or a legal ward financially supported by the employee.

Criteria for Selection

The recipients for these scholarships must be enrolled in a recognized and/or accredited school such as a university, trade school, business college or other as approved by ICC prior to distribution of the award. The recipients are selected by a committee of volunteers.

Questions & FAQ's

Like all of the ICC scholarships, we welcome your insights to deliver the best product and meet your needs. Thank you in advance for your support and good luck! For more information call 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5268 or email scholarships@iccsafe.org.

Remember: Applications are due by Monday, June 29th.

Code of Honor Scholarships


Code of Honor professional development scholarships will help ensure that the I-Codes reflect the consensus view of officials at all levels of government by providing funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to attend and participate in Public Comment Hearings.

*Note* The current year (2020) of the Group B Code Cycle does not require Public Comment Hearings. Therefore, Code of Honor Scholarships will not be offered. Please check back in 2021 for more scholarship opportunities.

Currently the Code of Honor Scholarship program includes the following categories:

  • Architect Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who are licensed architects (financial support by the AIA).
  • Emerging Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who have served their jurisdiction between 4 and 9 years.
  • Future Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who are new to the profession, serving less than four years.
  • International Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who reside outside of the United States.
  • Match Scholarship – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who have a 50% financial match from their Code Council Chapter, Jurisdiction or personal. Click here for ICC Chapters.
  • Small Town Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives whose city or county population is 50,000 or less.
  • Veteran Leaders – Governmental Member Voting Representatives who have served their jurisdiction for 10 years or more. Membership in the Legacy organizations will be counted toward years served.

For 2019, Code of Honor scholarships will support participation in the Public Comment Hearings held October 23-30, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scholarship application period will open on Monday, May 27th and will close on Friday, August 9th.

Who May Apply

Applicants must be a Governmental Member Voting Representative, in accordance with Article II Section of the ICC bylaws. Click here to read the ICC bylaws.

Criteria for Selection

Applications must be submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted.

The online application database uses weighted, merit-based scores and a blind review process to ensure fairness, accuracy, and transparency. The program goal is to deliver a balanced slate of winners that represent a mix of qualified new, veteran and first-time participants from a wide range of states and territories. Winners must acknowledge that their scholarship award is based on information that is subject to verification and audit for accuracy and compliance, and awards will be rescinded and expense reimbursements disqualified if any material aspect of the application is deemed inaccurate or untruthful.

In the event an applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship, the online application database will be processed in each available category until either they win a scholarship or run out of eligibility.

Award Overview

The following information and requirements apply to all of the Code of Honor Scholarship categories:

Applicants may apply for more than one type of Code of Honor Scholarship in any given cycle; however, only one scholarship per year will be awarded to each award winner.

Scholarship awards will fund eligible travel, lodging (reimbursement not to exceed the conference hotel rate), and ground transportation on a cost reimbursement basis for reasonable and customary Hearing expenses. Expenses should be incurred using a reasonableness standard and in a manner consistent with the relevant sections of the ICC Code of Honor Travel Policy. Scholarship award winners (scholars) will be required to submit their expenses to the Code Council on the approved expense reimbursement form with original receipts.

Specific eligible expenses may include:

  • Travel (reasonable airfare, train, car rental)
  • Lodging (reimbursement for the conference hotel rate only)
  • Ground Transportation (shuttle or other means of affordable transport to and from the airport). Note: those that rent a vehicle to drive to the hearings may only receive the approximate cost of the rental to and from the hearings location, but not the interim days.
  • Gasoline expenses will be reimbursed if using a company vehicle to travel to and from the Hearings.

None of the scholarships in the current program cover meals or per diem, so scholars will be required to either secure additional support or self-pay for those expenses. Additionally, the scholarship will not fund transportation costs for personal errands or entertainment during the Hearings.

Attendance and participation will be verified through on-site check-in and via verification that the scholar voted in the relevant hearings. Additionally, Code of Honor Scholars will be required to sign a scholarship acknowledgement and complete a professional ethics briefing.

Award Levels

Architect Leaders, Emerging Leaders, Future Leaders, International, Small Town Leaders & Veteran Leader scholarships provide up to, but no greater than $2,000. These scholarships do not require a match.

Match Scholarships provide up to, but no greater than $1,000. In addition, applicants must secure a pledge from their Chapter, Jurisdiction, or use personal funds to match the scholarship award on a 1 to 1 basis. For example, if the total eligible expenses total $1,800, the Chapter, Jurisdiction or the applicant must pledge to pay at least $900.

Application Procedure

Applications must be completed and submitted online. Please note that you cannot save your application data and return to it later. The applications must be completed in one session. (A worksheet is available below to provide you with the required information need to complete the application.) All required fields must be completed. Type “NA” or “none” if applicable. Once you have submitted the application you will receive a confirmation.

Only one application is needed to apply for all eligible scholarships.

Prior to completing the application, please review this Scholarship Application Worksheet. It provides information you will need available to complete the application. Do not submit the worksheet. Only the online application will be accepted.

Get started with the online scholarship application form by clicking below after the May 27th deadline.

Questions and FAQs

Like all of the ICC scholarships, the Code of Honor Scholarships are designed to support Code Council members' professional development, and we welcome your insights to deliver the best product and meet your needs. Thank you in advance for your support and good luck! For more information see the FAQs, or call 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5268 or email scholarships@iccsafe.org.