Guide to HVAC Scholarships (2021-2022)

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There is a growing need for people with knowledge of repairing, replacing, and installing heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in homes and businesses across the United States.

In the past, many people made fires in their wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, but today’s cleaner, automatic climate control systems are more complex. Additionally, businesses want to keep their employees and staff comfortable but also are eager to find ways to demonstrate energy efficiency; it saves money and it’s good for the planet.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that HVAC job openings are expected to increase 5 percent nationally between 2020 and 2030—a figure that is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations (8 percent). This will add 19,000 fresh openings to the HVAC industry around the country.

Various apprenticeships as well as trade, technical, and degree programs offer training. Not surprisingly, completing an accredited HVAC program can make it easier to find lucrative employment, but it still can be a challenge to pay for school.

Luckily, students seeking financial assistance can partake in a variety of scholarship opportunities designed to get more people working in the industry. These are funded by energy companies, foundations, and the estates of individuals who felt HVAC services are vital to our world, among other sources.

Explore 20 scholarships available to HVAC professionals in 2022, including information about amounts and eligibility.

General HVAC Scholarships

EGIA Foundation HVAC Scholarship

The EGIA Foundation Scholarship Program provides $2,500 annually to 20 students nationwide who are interested in or currently pursuing a degree or technical certificate in the areas of HVAC, especially at the residential level. This can also include an interest in green or sustainable home design and technology.

Students attending a vocational school, approved technical institute, or an accredited community college are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required, and preference is also given to applicants aged between 18 and 26. Students are also asked what inspired them to go into this field.

  • Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Amounts: $2,500 (20 awards available)

NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation

Established in 1963, the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) helps bring qualified talent to the construction industry, by providing them with opportunities to gain higher education.

Every year, it awards over $100,000 to students in construction-related programs. It offers two scholarships: the Undergraduate Scholarship and the Construction Trades Scholarship. Students for the undergraduate scholarship must be enrolled in a degree program focused on construction in the United States and must have a minimum of one remaining term of study that leads to an associate degree in construction.

They must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For the Construction Trades Scholarship, students must be currently enrolled in a qualifying construction-related training program, which is approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training or the equivalent. They must be obtaining training in a construction-related craft or trade.

  • Deadline: February 28, 2022
  • Amount: $500 to $2,500

Stewart Richey Construction Scholarship

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) offers various scholarships opportunities to qualifying students. The college is supported by many organizations and community individuals. The scholarships are dedicated to students in disciplines such as HVAC, culinary arts, allied health, and nursing.

The Stewart Richey Construction Scholarship is awarded to Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College students who have completed one semester of HVAC or welding programs. Students must be enrolled at least part-time and be in good standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. They also must be Stewart Richey employees or children of employees and must take part in a 16-hour job shadow program.

  • Deadline: March 15, 2022
  • Amount: $500 per semester, awarded for three semesters

PlumbersStock.com

PlumbersStock provides $3,000 in scholarship funds to be split among three individuals currently studying to be plumbers, HVAC technicians, or sprinkler and irrigation specialists, as well as seniors planning to attend a program the following year.

To be considered, applicants must create and publish a “how-to” video aimed at home improvement novices that demonstrates their skills in either of the three subject areas. The winner of the top video will receive a $2,000 scholarship and two runners-up will receive $500 apiece. Another 25 entries will receive honorable mention and have their names published in a blog post.

The video should not be longer than ten minutes and should be posted to a free video hosting site like Vimeo or YouTube. This scholarship is only for those applicants who are going to schools within the United States.

  • Deadline: March 31, 2022
  • Amount: $2,000 (one award); $500 (two awards)

PHCC Educational Foundation

The PHCC (Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors) Educational Foundation makes funding available to students who want to pursue training in these three core fields (plumbing, heating, and cooling). Students could be active in trade schools, apprenticeships, community colleges, or four-year degree programs.

In 2021, The organization funded up to 56 scholarships between $1,000 and $10,000. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in or must be planning to enroll in a PHCC-approved plumbing or HVAC/R apprentice program, a full-time certificate or degree program at an accredited two-year community college, technical college, or trade school, or a full-time undergraduate degree program.

The PHC National Auxiliary has additional funds available. Applicants must be part of a recognized program as well as currently working in one of these trades.

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Amount: $1,000 to $10,000 (50+ awards available)

ASHRAE Society Scholarship

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provides up to $10,000 each in scholarships to qualified students annually. Over 30 years, it has funded nearly $2.25 million to over 400 students. Through its scholarships, it seeks to motivate prospective students all over the world in pursuing a technology or engineering career in the HVAC/R field, part of the STEM industry.

Available scholarships include those from regional chapters of ASHRAE, as well as school-specific scholarships and high school seniors interested in this field. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in an ASHRAE-recognized engineering or engineering technology program and meet other requirements, including a 3.0 GPA and three letters of recommendation. Financial needs and potential service or leadership in the profession are also taken into consideration.

  • Deadlines: May 1, 2022; December 1, 2022
  • Amount: Up to $10,000 (46 awards available)

Rees Scholarship Foundation

The Rees Scholarship Foundation has funds that pay for one or two semesters for students enrolled in an HVAC/R and water heating technician program accredited through the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) or a school requiring the Industry Competency Exam (ICE). The foundation offers several scholarships to support professionals wanting to work in the HVAC industry.

Students must submit two letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay, and educational transcripts for eligibility. This program began in 2003 and has funded more than $930,000 to more than 500 students. Scholarship recipients also receive a free ready-to-work test through the foundation’s partnership with NATE.

  • Deadlines: June 1, 2022 (spring semester); October 1, 2022 (fall semester)
  • Amount: Up to $2,000 to each qualified student

Thermaxx Engineering and HVAC Scholarship

Thermaxx Jackets specializes in designing and manufacturing removable insulation covers to meet its client’s diverse needs. It provides a $1,000 award annually to a full-time student at a trade school pursuing a program in HVAC/R, or an undergraduate student working on a bachelor’s degree in engineering or pre-engineering. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and complete an essay asking “What inspired them to become an engineer or HVAC professional?”

  • Deadline: December 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: $1,000

Regional and School-Specific HVAC Scholarships

Minnesota Masonic Charities Vocational/Technical/Trades Scholarship

One of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the state, the Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships Program offers a variety of scholarships. It has provided over $70 million in scholarship funds since its inception. One such scholarship is the Vocational/Technical/Trades Scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to two years.

The MMC awards 30 such scholarships each year. To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be a Minnesota resident interested in completing a vocational or technical degree or trades coursework.

  • Deadline: February 15, 2022
  • Amount: $3,000

Jim Vanderford Technical Scholarships

Students at Gadsden State Community College have the opportunity to obtain scholarships granted based on technical or academic achievements, extracurricular leadership activities, and exhibited talents. Current Gadsden State students as well as graduating high school seniors are eligible.

Students in the air conditioning and refrigeration program at Gadsden State Community College (GSCC) in Gadsden, Alabama, may be able to take advantage of the Jim Vanderford Technical Scholarship program especially for those seeking technical degrees or certification. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required to apply, and recipients must be recommended by the school’s Technical Scholarship Committee.

  • Deadline: March 1, 2022, for high school students
  • Amount: Full or partial tuition

York HVAC Fund Endowment Scholarship

Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina offers a scholarship to students enrolled in the school’s tech program, funded by the York International Corporation. The scholarship is especially targeted to students committed to a career in air conditioning when they complete school. Eligibility includes financial needs and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is also given to students who took tech classes at local high schools.

  • Deadline: March 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: Varies

Jackson Family Scholarship

Students with an interest in HVAC/R or wind energy technology at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Laramie, Wyoming are invited to apply for this scholarship. To be eligible, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, attend LCCC’s Albany campus, and be able to demonstrate financial need.

Because the school offers a variety of traditional energy and natural energy courses, several large energy companies have made donations toward scholarships to support students’ educational growth in the industry.

  • Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • Amount: Contact LCCC for scholarship award amount

Davis Memorial Foundation

The Davis Memorial Foundation is proud to establish this scholarship fund in memory of Larry and Mary Davis. Every year, the organization awards scholarships to individuals who want to further their education. Priority is given to students who wish to get a degree related to construction or those who wish to go to trade school. Spouses, children, and employees of roofing industry professionals are particularly encouraged to apply.

Awards are based on both personal and academic achievements. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be accepted into a graduate or undergraduate degree program at an accredited university, college, or vocational school. They must be residents of the states covered in the WSRCA service area: Arizona, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah.

  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: $5,000

Builders League Of South Jersey Scholarship Foundation

Since 1995, the Charitable Foundation of the Builders League of South Jersey has awarded more than $186,000 in donations to area students planning for careers within the home building industry.

The foundation awards scholarships to southern New Jersey students who will complete an accredited post-secondary education and take up further studies in the field of construction or real estate, including electrical; air conditioning, plumbing, and heating technology; and carpentry, among others in the building industry.

Applicants must live in or attend school in Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester, or Salem counties. Students may take up a qualified trade school program, as well as junior and four-year university degrees.

  • Deadline: April 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: Up to $11,000

Horch Roofing Trade School Scholarship

Founded in 2003, Horch Roofing provides roofing services in towns along Maine’s coastline. It is currently offering two individual scholarships to a graduating high school senior who will attend a college or trade school or to a current college or trade school student residing in the state of Maine.

Considering that there are several untaken trade jobs, Horch Roofing aims to encourage young students to pursue an education and career in the trades. The scholarship welcomes students who have a passion for the trades and have the desire to pursue a career in the field. Application requirements include a completed scholarship application, a letter of application, a letter of recommendation, and complete high school or college transcripts with cumulative grade point averages.

  • Deadline: May 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: $1,000

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2010 by Paula and Gerald Piech in honor of their son, Andrew, the Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship Fund has been assisting many students in the field of automotive technology and related applied technologies. Andrew enjoyed working on cars and the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) of Phoenix allowed him to pursue his educational passions in the automotive field.

This foundation awards one or more scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors or continuing college students of New Mexico. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be either past or current New Mexico residents. They should be a graduating high school senior or a returning college student, pursuing a degree from a non-profit or public school in automotive or technical vocational studies.

  • Deadlines: July 2022
  • Amounts: $2,200

Bruce A. Emig Memorial Scholarship

The Bruce A. Emig Memorial Scholarship is available to students attending Penn State’s Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) in Williamsport. They could be majoring in the school’s HVAC program; the building automation technology program; or the HVAC design technology program. This scholarship is geared toward non-traditional students, which means they began their studies there at least four years after high school graduation. Eligible students must live in one of nine nearby counties and have completed at least 24 credits at the school.

  • Deadline: October 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: Contact the college for details

Demographic-Specific HVAC Scholarships

Association of Women Contractors Scholarship

The Association of Women Contractors offers scholarships to female students to assist them in affording their education, developing a strong support system, and connecting with members. It aims to increase the participation of women in the construction industry by offering them financial support.

The association offers two types of scholarships for outstanding females. An apprentice scholarship for females who are currently working at the apprentice level or graduating from their trade or training program to start work as an apprentice. Applicants for this apprentice scholarship must also be current Minnesota residents or working for a Minnesota construction company.

The academic scholarship is for female students who are currently enrolled in construction-related fields at four-year colleges, two-year community or technical colleges, or construction trade schools. Applicants must also be current residents of Minnesota or attending post-secondary education.

  • Deadline: April 30, 2022
  • Amount: Contact the college for details

Women in HVACR

Women in HVACR is an organization designed to educate and mentor women on technology, opportunity, and trends within the HVAC/R industry. This organization was exclusively organized for educational purposes to advance the growth of women in areas of the HVAC/R industry.

Females interested in an HVAC/R career can look to the Women in HVAC/R (WHVACR) organization for scholarship assistance. Scholarships are available to female high school seniors planning to enter the HVAC/R field in a trade school or a four-year university. The former requires a minimum GPA of 2.0, and the latter has a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students seeking either program are asked to write an essay (500 words or more) describing themselves, their interest in HVAC, and how they can benefit the industry and society in general.

  • Deadline: June 2022 (estimated)
  • Amount: $2,000

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Every year, Soroptimist distributes over $2.8 million in education awards to about 1,700 women all over the world.

It offers scholarships to women who are providing primary financial support to their families and have been accepted into a vocational training and skills program or an undergraduate program. The organization offers the ‘Live Your Dream Award’ in three amounts: Club-Level award of $1,000, Region-Level award of $3,000 or $5,000; and international-level awards of $10,000. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories: Bolivia, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guam, Ecuador, Korea, Japan, Northern Mariana Islands, Mexico, Panama, Palau, Peru, Paraguay, Taiwan, Philippines, United States of America, and Venezuela).

  • Deadline: November 15, 2022
  • Amount: $3,000 to $10,000

Farheen Gani

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