A. O. Smith and PHCC Educational Foundation award college scholarships


Falls Church, Va. – A. O. Smith (www.hotwater.com) has announced the winners of two $2,500 scholarships for students pursuing plumbing-heating-cooling-related studies.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation administers the scholarship program and is responsible for selecting the award winners. The scholarship program is designed to attract the new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVACR industry.

The 2013 scholarship recipients are Jackson Bauer of Lincoln, Neb. and Patrick Riley of Milton, Mass.

Jackson Bauer has enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. His father is a civil engineer and several other family members work in related professions. In his words, they have inspired him to pursue his degree with the goal of “making current infrastructure systems more efficient, cleaner and safer.”

Patrick Riley is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Providence College in Rhode Island, pursuing a business degree. He is the son of a plumber and has grown up in the plumbing profession. He has spent time learning how a small business is run and about bidding jobs, managing work and dealing with jobsite activities.

“In a time when so many bright students are steered away from the trades, here we have two students who are following their family footsteps into our profession,” said David Chisolm, director of marketing for A. O. Smith. “A. O. Smith is proud to provide these students with assistance in reaching their educational goals.”

To qualify for a PHCC Educational Foundation scholarship, students must submit a detailed application including a letter of recommendation from an active member of the PHCC National Association and enroll in a plumbing-heating-cooling-related course of study or apprentice program such as business management, construction management or science specializing in mechanical construction or mechanical engineering.

About PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. Students interested in pursuing a career in the plumbing or HVACR professions are invited to visit phccfoundation.org for information on 2014 scholarships.