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Nexstar Legacy Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

Originally published: 03.26.13 by HVACR Business Staff


The Nexstar Legacy Foundation announced its new Troops to Trades: Military Veterans’ Professional Training Program scholarships. Qualified military veterans interested in entering, or currently working in, the plumbing, heating & cooling, and/or electrical (PHCE) service industry as technicians can apply through November 1, 2013. The foundation’s goal is to provide 35 scholarships, including $10,000 in scholarships in honor of Jim (Buddha) Potts.

The importance of supporting those interested in becoming trained technicians in the PHCE service industry is underlined by the increasing average age of technicians currently working in the field. The PHCE industry is vital to the health and well-being of families across the country providing quality air, clean water and safe homes, and this industry is currently facing a shortage of qualified technicians. In addition, the need for military veterans for solid careers in the civilian sector is high.  The White House announced that 34,000 troops are expected to return to the US in 2013. The foundation’s scholarships address these two vital needs.

To further the goals of this program, the foundation met with the American Legion’s Economic Commission on February 25th 2013 to discuss how they could work together to promote this job assistance to military veterans.

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The foundation also met with the staff of members of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Minnesota; Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan; and Rep. John Tierney, Massachusetts; to discuss the continuing lack of skilled technicians in the PHCE trades.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation also awards scholarships to non-military individuals planning to manage or operate a business in this industry or who are currently working toward a technical degree. First round applications for these scholarships will be accepted through April 12, 2013, with winners expected to be announced in June 2013. A second round of scholarships for technicians only will open on May 15, 2013.

Since its formation in November 2005, the Nexstar Legacy Foundation has awarded more than 40 scholarships totaling $150,000 to train and educate technicians, managers and owners within the PHCE industry. The largest of these scholarships is The Frank Blau Jr. Award for $7,000. Other scholarships include: The Barnett Scholarship for $5,000; The George Brazil Scholarship for $5,000; and $10,000 in scholarships awarded specifically to technicians in honor of John MacGregor.

To apply for any of the open scholarships, visit http://nexstarfoundation.org/scholarships/.


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