Scholarship Program

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Apply Now – One application for 55 scholarships worth up to $132,000 this year!

The PHCC Educational Foundation and its industry partners are teaming up to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a career in the p-h-c industry.

Contractors, be sure to have your apprentices apply! Even if your company pays for apprenticeship training, a scholarship win will help offset your training costs and build a sense of accomplishment for the apprentice who wins. Please limit applications to a max of four per company and tap your best set of apprentices to send in their applications.


2024 Scholarship Application Form
Applications and all supporting materials are due May 1, 2024.

To apply, apprentices working for PHCC members will need:
– A letter of recommendation from the PHCC business owner or their manager. Need help getting started? Look at these SAMPLE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS.
– Answers to 5 questions about their background and interests.
– Optional – Grades and a letter of recommendation from their apprentice program instructor.

Requirements differ for trade school and college applicants – please see the video below or the application for details.

Questions? E-mail us at scholarships@naphcc.org.

For 2024, we plan to award 63 scholarships, thanks to the Foundation’s donors and generous support from these sponsors:

  • A.O. Smith
  • Bradford White
  • Delta Faucet Company
  • Ferguson Cares Foundation, HOLA Business Resource Group
  • InSinkErator
  • RIDGID
  • Scorpion Home Services Marketing
  • Sterling, a Kohler Brand
  • SupplyHouse.com
  • State Water Heaters
  • Viega
  • Additional awards are sponsored by Bill Jones, Gerry Kennedy, the Gil Meyerowitz estate, PHCC of Massachusetts Auxiliary, PHCC of Texas Auxiliary, and the PHCC Past National Officers

 

Open to applicants who are legal United States residents (citizens, green card holders, etc.). Applicants must be currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in:
  • A PHCC-approved plumbing or HVACR apprentice program or the Foundation’s Fast Track to Service & Repair online courses. Apprentices or technicians must also be working full-time for a licensed plumbing or HVAC contractor who is a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association. Approved courses of study are plumbing or HVACR installation, service and repair. Check to see if your employer is a member of PHCC here.
  • A full-time certificate or degree program at an accredited two-year community college, technical college, or trade school, with a major directly related to the plumbing-heating-cooling (p-h-c) profession. Approved majors are: business management; mechanical CAD design; construction management with a specialty in mechanical construction; and plumbing or HVACR installation, service and repair.
  • A full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited four-year college or university, with a major directly related to the plumbing-heating-cooling (p-h-c) profession. Approved majors are: business management; construction management with a specialization in mechanical construction; and mechanical engineering.
  • A maximum of four employees from any one employer may win an award in any given year.

Also open to Canadian citizen apprentices enrolled in a PHCC-approved plumbing or HVACR apprentice program. Canadian applicants must also be working full-time for a licensed plumbing or HVAC contractor who is a member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association. Approved courses of study are plumbing or HVACR installation, service and repair.

 

Notes:

  1. Scholarships awarded through the PHCC Educational Foundation are designed to assist students who plan to major in a field of study directly related to the p-h-c industry. If an applicant plans to pursue a course of study in one of the approved major areas listed above, but the trade school, college or university uses a different name for their particular program, the applicant should submit official documentation from their school that describes the major and course of study.
  2. To be considered a full-time student, applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of credit or the minimum number of credits required by the applicant’s institution to qualify for full-time student status, whichever is greater.
  3. To be eligible for the PHCC of Massachusetts Auxiliary award, applicants must attend/plan to attend a 4-year college and be be a resident of Massachusetts. The PHCC of Massachusetts Auxiliary scholarship award has no restrictions on course of study.
  4. To be eligible for the PHCC of Texas Auxiliary award, applicants must be also be a resident of Texas. The PHCC of Texas Auxiliary scholarship award has no restrictions on course of study.

Additional program rules apply.

On the scholarship form, applicants will be asked to provide detailed responses to 5 background and experience questions. Applicants can use the blanks in the application form, OR download & complete this PHCC Scholarship Essay Answers Form (Word document) then upload it using the upload tool in the application platform.

The expectation is that applicants will provide 3-4 sentence answers minimum per question. Applicants are asking our donors to give them potentially thousands of dollars – they expect applicants to earn those funds with thoughtful and complete answers to these questions. The answers to these questions are what make the most impact on receiving a scholarship or not. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the time to prepare their answers like they would take the time to prepare for an important test.

Tip – Applicants can use voice-to-text on their computer or phone to talk out answers if that is easier than typing. Remember to do a proofreading and grammar check before uploading answers.


The apprentices and students applying for scholarships from the PHCC Educational Foundation must collect letters of recommendation to complete their application. The application form allows applicants to upload a letter of recommendation.

Need a template to get started?
Download some example letters from here and add details about your applicant. Please DO NOT use the exact same letter for multiple employees with just the names changed. This will hurt your applicants’ scores and their ability to receive an award.

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To Submit Your Letter of Recommendation
We are using a platform called Kaleidoscope to collect the applicant’s information. Submit your letter through the platform and it will automatically be added to the applicant’s submission materials.

If you have not used the platform before, you should have received a separate e-mail with a “Magic Link” to get you set up and able to access the system to submit your L.O.R. If not, please visit apply.mykaleidoscope.com/login and type in your email address and use the ‘forgot password’ to create a password for your account.

Step 1: Create a Kaleidoscope account using the link e-mailed to you by the platform.

Step 2: Once you are logged in, the recommendation request will be waiting for you. Click the “View” button.

Step 3: Upload your letter of recommendation. You’re done, thanks for helping our applicants!

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Who Can Provide a Letter of Recommendation (L.O.R.)?
– PHCC Members: Your company must be a contractor business member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association. Please write the L.O.R. on company letterhead and be sure to sign it. The letter of recommendation cannot be from the scholarship applicant’s parent or guardian. For apprentice applicants, ideally the L.O.R. would be from the applicant’s direct supervisor or the business owner. Members of the PHCC Association Executives Council are also eligible to provide a L.O.R. for an applicant.

– Academic Advisor/Counselor/Instructor: To provide an academic L.O.R., you must be the applicant’s teacher, instructor, principal, guidance counselor, academic advisor, etc. In the case of an apprentice or tech taking online training through the PHCC Academy, the person providing the applicant with their hands-on training can provide this L.O.R.

If you require assistance, or have questions about qualifications, application details, or the scholarship program? Contact us at scholarships@naphcc.org.

The application and all required materials must be submitted online no later than May 1st each year. Applications are reviewed over the summer and winners are selected in late July. All applicants are notified of their status by mid-August.

PHCC National Auxiliary Scholarships

Under a separate program, the PHCC National Auxiliary also awards scholarship each year.

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