Guide to HVAC Scholarships in 2020 – Eligibility & Awards

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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 13 percent nationally between 2018 and 2028—a figure that is more than double the average projected growth for all occupations. This will add 46,300 fresh openings to the already 367,900 working HVAC mechanics and installers 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 21 scholarships available to HVAC professionals in 2020, 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: March 31, 2020
  • Amounts: $2,500 (20 awards available)

Rees Scholarship Foundation

The Rees Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

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 $950,000 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, 2020 (spring semester); October 1, 2020 (fall semester)
  • Amount: Up to $2,000 to each qualified student

Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation SkillsUSA Scholarship

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, an AHRI Charitable Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer eight one-time, merit-based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA students who are currently enrolled in HVAC/R or a general construction program and who will be pursuing college or postsecondary career training in the HVACR industry. The scholarship is intended to provide tuition support in the 2021-2022 school year.

Students must be a SkillsUSA member, submit a letter of recommendation, a 500-word essay, resume and educational transcripts for eligibility. Awardees of the scholarship must submit their first semester tuition invoice from their postsecondary education program to receive scholarship funds. Funds will be distributed directly to the postsecondary institution.

  • Deadlines: May 15, 2020
  • Amount: $2,500 to each qualified student


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, 2020
  • Amount: $2,000 (one award); $500 (two awards)

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 $25,000 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, 2020
  • Amount: $500 to $2,500

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.

The organization itself funds up to 21 scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000. It also offers information about 20 others from its state and regional chapters based on factors such as region, gender, ethnicity, academic performance, and more. 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, 2020
  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000 (40+ awards available)

Thermaxx Engineering and HVAC Scholarship

Thermaxx Jackets, specializes in designing and manufacturing removable insulation covers to meet our clients’ diverse needs, 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 you to become an engineer or HVAC professional?”

  • Deadline: 2020 deadline not available; 2019 deadline was December 19
  • Amount: $1,000

ASHRAE Society Scholarship

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provides up to $10,000 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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 need and potential service or leadership in the profession are also taken into consideration.

  • Deadlines: May 1, 2020; December 1, 2020
  • Amount: Up to $10,000 (38 awards available)

PTAC Crew Scholarship For HVAC Students

The PTAC Crew Scholarship awards $1,500 to a student pursuing a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Candidates must be studying the HVAC trade at an accredited vocational or technical school in the United States. To qualify, they must be attending classes or planning to attend classes in an HVAC or HVAC-related program during the year.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants will be required to submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on two of the following three topics: “How would this scholarship impact you and what would it mean for your career?”, “Do you think PTACs will still be the primary heating and cooling device in hotel rooms across the United States in 2069, why or why not?”, and “What are some of your core values and why do you believe in these?”.

  • Deadline: 2020 deadline not available; 2019 deadline was August 1
  • Amount: $1,500

Regional HVAC Scholarships

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 10, 2020
  • Amount: $5,000

Builders League Of South Jersey Scholarship Foundation

Since 2002, the Charitable Foundation of the Builders League of South Jersey has awarded more than $145,000 in donations to worthy organizations for food and housing assistance.

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 24, 2020
  • Amount: Up to $5,000

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 ten nearby counties and have completed at least 24 credit-hours at the school.

  • Deadline: Contact PCT representatives for 2020 information
  • Amount: Contact PCT representatives for 2020 information

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 providing assistance to 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: June 4, 2020
  • Amounts: $2,200

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 1, 2020
  • Amount: $1,000

Robert And Mary Tincher HVAC Scholarship

The Robert and Mary Tincher Charitable Foundation provides funds for returning students to continue their studies in the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) system.

Students must have graduated from high schools in Warren County or Bowling Green, and are eager to seek training at colleges in Warren County. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required along with demonstrating financial need.

Additionally, the Stewart Richey Construction Scholarship is awarded to students who have completed one semester of HVAC or welding programs. They also must be Stewart Richey employees or children of employees and must take part in a 16-hour job shadow program.

  • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Amount: Contact SKYCTC for scholarship award amount

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 $6 million in scholarship funds since 2007. One such scholarship is the Vocational/Technical/Trades Scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to two years.

The MMC will award 30 such scholarships this 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, 2020
  • Amount: $3,000

Jim Vanderford Technical Scholarships

Students in the air conditioning and refrigeration program at Gadsden State Community College (GSCC) in Gadsden, Alabama, may be able to take advantage of a 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 for high school students
  • Amount: Contact GSCC for scholarship award amount

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 need and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is also given to students who took tech classes at local high schools.

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • 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, 2020
  • Amount: Contact LCCC for scholarship award amount

Demographic HVAC Scholarships

Women In HVACR

Females interested in an HVACR career can look to the Women in HVACR (WHVACR) organization for scholarship assistance. Four $1,000 scholarships are available to female high school seniors planning to enter the HVACR 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 1, 2020
  • Amount: $1,000 (four awards available)

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. It offers scholarships to women who are providing primary financial support to their family 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: local-level awards of $3,000 or $5,000; and international-level awards of $10,000. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Amount: $3,000 to $10,000

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