FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Applications are now available for the scholarships, grants, and loans offered through the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC) Auxiliary. Many deadlines for applications are July 1, 2004.

The available programs include:

College Scholarships

Scholarships for college and industry-related education are made possible through the contributions of industry partners, the PHCC Educational Foundation, and individuals. The college scholarship applicant must be a member of their senior class in high school or currently enrolled in an undergraduate full-time college program (or the equivalent of 12 or more credit hours). The industry-related scholarship applicant must be employed by a PHCC-National Association member contractor and attending an educational facility/school accredited by the Department of Labor in his/her state.

Scholarship applications are available at www.phccweb.org/auxiliary/scholarships.cfm. The deadline for requesting applications is June 1. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is July 1. For additional information or to obtain an application, contact Sherry Martin, Scholarship Chairperson, 807 Walnut St., Monroe, LA 71201; 318-388-5174, 318-322-6940 (fax); sherry@allplumbinginc.com.

Education Expense Grants

The PHCC-National Auxiliary offers continuing education grants to PHCC-National Association contractors and their employees/co-workers. This fairly new and expanded program awards grants for attendance to PHCC Enhanced Service Group programs, as well as the PHCC national conventions. Grants cover registration, airfare, and lodging to attend one industry-related seminar, conference, or course of up to a total of $1,000 per year. Applicants may apply for grants to attend or participate in these programs with each group: Quality Service Contractors (QSC), Construction Contractors' Alliance (CCA), PHCC National Convention, or PHCC Educational Foundation's Project Management Course.

For more details about Education Expense Grants, or to obtain an application, contact Joan Flader, scholarship committee, at cccdi@aol.com or 847-821-1468. Information and applications also are available at www.phccweb.org/auxiliary/grants.cfm.

Educational Loan Fund

The Educational Loan Fund (formerly Memorial Loan Fund) provides financial assistance through loans to students seeking to continue their education. The amounts that students may apply for are $500, $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 at a 2 percent interest rate calculated from the date of check issuance. Applicants must be sponsored by an Auxiliary member or PHCC contractor member, and must be enrolled in an accredited course of study to obtain a degree or certificate. The members of the Educational Loan Fund (ELF) Committee review the loan applications for approval.

A request for additional information or a loan application may be submitted in writing to Louise Schumacher, 3558 Eversholt Street, Clermont, FL 34711; 352-243-4672; loulou34711@juno.com. Information and applications also are available at www.phccweb.org/auxiliary/loans.cfm.

Publication date: 04/12/2004