INDIANAPOLIS — Carrier and Bryant have announced the 25 recipients of this year’s Carrier and Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation scholarships. Scholarship recipients will receive this support for their college or vocational education during the 2020-2021 school year.

“We’re pleased to offer support to our contractors as they prepare their scholarship recipients for success through the Carrier and Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation,” said David Meyers, vice president, Sales and Distribution, Carrier and Bryant. “Our contractors serve a vital role in our business and this is a special way for us to be able to acknowledge all that they do and say ‘thank you’ for their expertise and support.”

Established in 1981, the Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation was created to commemorate the late William A. Blees for his many significant contributions to Carrier distributors. Today, the foundation continues to serve the children, grandchildren, and employees of dealers and contractors while also honoring our industry’s founder, Dr. Willis Carrier.

A post-secondary scholarship fund is a fitting memorial because Dr. Carrier attended Cornell University on a full, four-year merit scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, became a successful inventor and business person, and, in 1902, invented the founding principles of modern air conditioning. Dr. Carrier was a consummate scientist and an educator, but might not have even attended college without financial assistance.

Scholarships from the foundation are available to children, grandchildren, and employees of Carrier and Bryant dealers and contractors and their employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Scholarship finalists are selected based on their demonstrated performance in school. Leadership, motivation, and involvement in extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.

The 2020 Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation scholarship recipients include:

  • Alexandra Valentino from Solon, Ohio
  • Andrew Seman from Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Brandon Shaw from Boise, Idaho
  • Bryson Penn from Benton, Kentucky
  • Casandra Rausch from Lake in the Hills, Illinois
  • Cathleen Chance from Rincon, Georgia
  • Dakota Richmond from Pekin, Illinois
  • Danielle Owens from Columbus, Mississippi
  • Elizabeth Paul from Stoutsville, Ohio
  • Emily Brettschneider from North Bend, Ohio
  • Faith Doerr from Elkhart, Illinois
  • Hayley Johnson from Woodbury, Minnesota
  • James Petrolle from Damascus, Maryland
  • Joshua Ratesic from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Kaelyn Watkins from Overbrook, Kansas
  • Kaitlyn Novak from Hampshire, Illinois
  • Katelyn Kahn from Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Lane Reed from Metropolis, Illinois
  • Madelyn Peters from Quincy, Illinois
  • Mary Kulis from Kent, Ohio
  • Michaelyn Russell from Andalusia, Alabama
  • Reece Petrolle from Damascus, Maryland
  • Sarah Reaves from Eatonton, Georgia
  • William Kulis from Kent, Ohio

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