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Overview/Mission Statement

The NAPA Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) was established in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. The Foundation raises, manages, and disperses funds to support a variety of programs. These include:


Endowment Fund

The establishment and support of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, Alabama. Through income derived from the NAPAREF endowment fund, more than $16.6 million has been contributed to the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) over the past 32 years. Industry has provided an additional $1 million to NCAT to conduct research, purchase laboratory equipment, conduct training programs, develop and publish a textbook, and other activities.


Scholarship Fund

NAPAREF supports the development of future skilled asphalt industry professionals through a scholarship program. The program began in 1994 and currently administers scholarships for students in more than 25 states. Since inception, the fund has provided $5.1 million to over 2,380 students.


NAPA Care Emergency Benevolent Fund

NAPAREF administers the NAPA Care program, created by the NAPA Associate Members and funded through donations. NAPA Care provides immediate financial assistance to families of NAPA member companies who have suffered a fatality in an asphalt work zone or plant site.


Smithsonian Fund

NAPA is a proud supporter of the "America on the Move" transportation exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Through NAPAREF, NAPA members contributed $1 million to support the exhibition that showcases the role of roads and highways on America's transportation network. NAPA also coordinated the production of a section of asphalt pavement mix that is included in the exhibit.


Ronald D. Keynon Award

The Ronald D. Kenyon Award for Research and Education is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and education surrounding asphalt pavement technology; environmental, health, and safety; and asphalt pavement sustainability. The Kenyon Award honors those deserving individuals whose work and leadership have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the asphalt pavement industry.