MINNEAPOLIS — The Nexstar Legacy Foundation recently awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to advance careers in the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electric trades (PHCE).

The foundation also provides scholarships through its Troops to Trades program, which integrates veterans looking for solid careers into an industry facing a shortage of qualified technicians. Earning all-expenses-paid training through the Troops to Trades program to either the Lennox “Build a Tech” program or the Nexstar Network Service System Training were Thad David, Denver; Abimael Feliciano, Clearwater, Fla.; and James Fitzgerald, Springfield, Mass.

Additional foundation scholarships have been awarded to non-military individuals planning to manage or operate a business in the PHCE industries, or those who are currently working toward a technical degree.

Receiving those scholarships were Richard Driesen, Sunnyside, Wash.; Christian Garcia, Ellensburg, Wash.; Andrew Genevro, Brockport, Pa.; Sam Gumbert, Allenport, Pa.; Sarah Masters, Newark, Del.; Logan Messmer, Jasper, Ind.; and Carlos Reynosa, San Antonio.

Since its formation in November 2005, the Nexstar Legacy Foundation has awarded nearly 50 scholarships totaling $210,000 to train and educate technicians, managers, and owners within the PHCE industry. Scholarships include the Frank Blau Jr. award, the Barnett scholarship, the George Brazil scholarship, the Jill Reed Women in Business Honorary scholarship, the Jim Potts Military scholarship, and technician scholarships awarded to honor John MacGregor.

Publication date: 12/2/2013 

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