We support our Future Energy Professionals in many ways:
Partnering in Education
Many of us get frustrated with public education but we do have a responsibility to make it work. One such way is partnering with tech schools. During past president, Scott Hinkley’s term of office, he strongly suggested to the chapters that they work with their local schools. And many of our chapters did just that and continue to do so. A great example of something that continues to grow and thrive is the annual competition held between the New York City Schools. This event is sponsored by the New York City and Westchester Chapters. It is always held in April. An expression used, “it takes a village” can be said about this event. So many volunteers are needed to make it as successful as it is.
Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program Continues to Provide Scholarships to Worthy Students The Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund was established in 1999 and since that time, well over $250,000 in awards has been presented to students interested in pursuing their careers in the energy service industry. These are photos of four (4) of our winners in 2015. The Association pays $2,500.00 and sponsors match that award. This year we awarded 5 matched scholarships and one OESP award. To be considered a candidate for a scholarship the applicant is required to write a 500-word essay. After all of these years, we’ve changed the topic for that essay. We really want you to tell us about yourself and make sure you include your background and how that has prepared you for the success in your chosen field of study and also where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years. You will need to download the 2016-application (2) and the Scholarship-Checklist to get started. Deadline for the 2016 Dave Nelsen Scholarships is Thursday, March 24, 2016. Mailing the paperwork? Send to P.O. Box 67, East Petersburg, PA 17520.
Complimentary Instructor Membership
Introduced in 2015, the new Dan Holohan Grant. This award is just for instructors at both HVAC colleges or technical high schools that want to continue their education, purchase needed tools or books for the classroom. The winner of our first grant was, Kenneth Welker, Jr. Ken is an HVAC instructor with Penn College, Williamsport, Pa. We will award one grant per year. Here is the Dan Holohan Grant application.
When we host our convention and trade show, we invite students and their instructors to attend our event. In most cases, we pay for the bus and chapters support the instructors by sponsoring other costs. Students have a chance to talk with exhibitors and there is at least one class geared just for them. They compete against each other and the winning school takes home combustion equipment and a plaque.