Nexstar Legacy Foundation to Award $42,000 in Scholarships

Feb. 13, 2012
$42,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $6,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers within the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.

$42,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $6,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers within the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.The Nexstar Legacy Foundationis now accepting applications for management and technician focused scholarships through March 31, 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

“The vision of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is to inspire people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries by being the leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Julie Wieman of MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Harbor Springs, Michigan. “This year we are pleased to offer four additional scholarships thanks to the generosity of our members and vendor partners.”

Scholarships will be awarded to students based upon merit, chosen by a scholarship selection committee comprised of industry leaders both inside, and outside of Nexstar Network.

Named Scholarships include:

The largest award is the $6,000 Frank J. Blau, Jr. Scholarship, which is named for Frank Blau, a retired plumbing contractor from Milwaukee, WI. Blau founded Nexstar Network (formerly Contractors 2000) in 1992. 

$10,000 in scholarships will be awarded in memory of Master Plumber John J. MacGregorof Harbor Springs, MI. MacGregor was a huge proponent of young adults entering the trades, and his scholarship will support a student with the desire to learn.

The $5,000 Barnett Scholarship is named for a company that is industry-ranked as one of the nation's leading distributors of over 40,000 Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC products.

The George Brazil Scholarship for $5,000 is named for a plumbing contractor who built one of the largest franchise operations in the plumbing industry, George Brazil Services. Brazil was also one of the founders of Nexstar Network.  

The $2,000 Jill Pomroy Reed Woman in Business Scholarship was named in memory of marketing expert Jill Pomroy Reed and is available to women who are planning a career in marketing in the plumbing, HVAC or electrical industries.

Donors outside of Nexstar Network of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation are welcome to contribute to the organization. Donations are accepted for existing scholarships and the creation of new, named scholarship, at a minimum $5,000 level. To download an application or make a donation, go to or contact Renée Cardarelle at (651) 789-8518 or [email protected].

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