MINNEAPOLIS — The Nexstar Legacy Foundation announced the winners of its 2014 scholarships for management and technicians in the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical (PHCE) service industry. A total of $48,000 in scholarships was awarded to 30 students for the 2014-2015 academic school year. This year’s scholarships include management scholarships totaling $15,000, which support students seeking management-level careers in the industry; and technician scholarships totaling $33,000, which support students seeking careers as technicians. Management scholarship winners are: Lance Evans of Brewster, Washington, $6,000; and Anna Raymond of Mahopac, New York, $2,000. The following winners each received $1,000 scholarships: Logan Messmer, Jasper, Indiana; Than Jacobsen, Winston Salem, North Carolina; Andrew Nelson, Iron River, Wisconsin; Nicholas Wonder, Omaha, Nebraska; Adam Pineau, Wichita, Kansas; Taylor Graham, Centennial, Colorado; and Francisco Iniguez, Big Rapids, Michigan. The following technician scholarship winners received $5,000 scholarships: Jeremy Dunn, Dunn, North Carolina; Nathan Hilbrecht, Lansing, Michigan; and Cesar Iniguez, Big Rapids, Michigan.
The following students each received $1,000 scholarships: Brandon Heruth, Oakdale, Minnesota; Caleb Sims, Savannah, Georgia; Max Turner, Annandale, Virginia; Robert Kilgore, Coeur D’Alane, Idaho; Michael Hall, Pensacola, Florida; Kyle Fulkerson, Nashua, New Hampshire; Chris Ellis, Winchester, Virginia; Anthony Bui, Falls Church, Virginia; Timothy Clerkin, Philadelphia; Jared Eldred, Big Rapids, Michigan; Nicholas Otto, Mahnomen, Minnesota; Andrew Graeff, Toledo, Ohio; Dejaun Pickens Hayes, Houston; Anthony Rodriguez, Hope Mills, North Carolina; Jon Rios, Hinesville, Georgia; Aaron Hall, Science Hill, Kentucky; Melvin Reddick, Zebulon, North Carolina; and Dana Servis, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Since 2006, the foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships in order to strengthen the PHCE service industry. The importance of supporting those interested in becoming trained technicians is underlined by the expected loss of 60 percent of the current workforce in the next 10-15 years and only a 6 percent rate of interest in entering the trades for high school students. The PHCE industry and skilled technicians are vital to the health and wellbeing of families across the country providing quality air, clean water, and safe homes.
Publication date: 11/10/2014