A. O. Smith to sponsor Service Award Scholarships


Ashland City, Tenn. – Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith will partner with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation to create the Charlie Wallace Service Award Scholarship for students in plumbing and HVAC programs.  

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded in honor of Charlie Wallace, the chief operating officer of PHCC’s Quality Service Contractors enhanced service group. Wallace retired in March after serving the plumbing, heating and cooling industry for 17 years.  

“Throughout the years, Charlie Wallace has been a great friend to the industry and a strong advocate for contractors, many of whom install our water heaters,” said Jeff Storie, director of marketing at A. O. Smith. “Having personally educated thousands of plumbing contractors, it seems only fitting to create a scholarship that encourages more young people to grow in the plumbing-heating-cooling industry.”  

During his tenure with QSC, Wallace created a thriving program to connect pre-qualified business coaches with contractors who need additional individual attention and advice. Online learning programs, webinars and a number of specialized training programs designed to help service contractors have been created under his guidance. As for the future, Wallace says his plans will include a lot of time with his family and grandchildren.

The PHCC Educational Foundation will administer the scholarship program and select the award winners. Plumbing apprentices, HVAC apprentices and trade school students can apply for the scholarship online at http://phccfoundation.org/scholarships. All application forms and supporting materials for the scholarship are due May 1.