Saturday, February 1, 2014

Scholarships for HVACR Students

The HVACR Industry needs people. Several organizations with an interest in the HVACR industry are offering scholarships to encourage more students to study for a career in HVACR. Why? Specifically to address a critical shortage of trained technicians the HVACR field. They need applicants for these scholarships. They will pay you to study a field with a chronic lack of trained people so you can earn a good income when you graduate. In a time when jobs are hard to get, and college costs are high, here is an industry willing to pony up cash as an incentive to train for a profession with a true career ladder, good paying jobs, and very good employment prospects upon graduation. These jobs cannot be outsourced, they will not be replaced by automation, and they require education and training to perform – you won’t be replaced by unskilled laborers. HVACR jobs are nationwide – really world-wide, so you are not tied to a particular company or location. There are many types of positions, so advancement is common. Here is a short list of promising scholarships.

AHRI Ted Rees Scholarships
The scholarship is named after Ted Rees, a longtime president of ARI. Money has been donated by many AHRI member companies as well as other businesses in the HVACR trades. To find out more about what you can do to apply for a REES Scholarship, check out

Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships
Grainger awards many Tools for Tomorrow scholarships throughout the country which include both financial support and a tool kit. See scholarship details at

Hilmor Retool Your Future Scholarships
Hilmor Retool Your Future is an awesome scholarship. This coming year they will select 6 winners who will receive $5,000, tools, and a trip to the AHR show. The contest for the coming year has not opened yet. Stay in touch with Hilmor at Facebook to get details on the new contest when it is announced.

Nexstar Legacy Scholarships
The Nexstar Legacy Foundation has a mission “ recruit More Quality Technicians to the Industry.” They sponsor scholarships to make this happen. Check them out at

PHCC Scholarships
The Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association, PHCC, offers scholarships through the PHCC Scholorship Foundation. Check it out at


  1. The need for trained and motivated trades people is needed more now and in the next 10 years than any other time in the history of HVACR Industry. Working with educators like Mr. Stanfield can be a key to a door that is easy to open. Don't try to pick the lock, use the key and be insistent on gaining knowledge as much as you can, as this trade is the absolute most difficult and satisfying of any of the building trades.

  2. There are other scholarships out there.


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