A. O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes and businesses, recently awarded Benjamin Stauffer of Zionsville a $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship will go toward helping to support Stauffer’s pursuit of a career in the plumbing, mechanical, or technical field.
Stauffer is studying plumbing, installation, service and repair at Mechanical Skills Institute and working full time for Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Indianapolis. With the scholarship, he plans to obtain a journeyman certification in plumbing and eventually open his own business.
“After attending a typical four-year university for two years off and on, I realized it wasn’t for me,” said Stauffer. “I was always told learning a trade would benefit me tremendously, and after working at Mr. Rooter, I can already see the benefits.”
A. O. Smith has partnered with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation to fund the scholarship since 2004. The A. O. Smith scholarship is offered to students enrolled in a plumbing-heating-cooling related course of study and was created to expand the expertise essential to the HVACR and plumbing industry. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a PHCC member in addition to an extensive portfolio of qualifications.
“It is truly an honor to work with such intelligent, driven and ambitious students,” said David Chisolm, vice president of marketing at A. O. Smith. “We are proud to sponsor a scholarship that strengthens the industry by supporting highly qualified students entering a career in the trades.”
For more information on the PHCC foundation, visithttp://foundation.phccweb.org.