The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is now accepting applications for management- and technician-focused scholarships through March 31 for the 2012-2013 academic year.



The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is now accepting applications for management- and technician-focused scholarships through March 31 for the 2012-2013 academic year. About $42,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers within the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry. Scholarship Committee Chair Julie Wieman of MacGregor Plumbing & Heating said the foundation is able to offer four additional scholarships thanks to its 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 Nexstar. Application forms can be downloaded from https://nexstarscholars.communityforce.com.

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 who is one of the founders of Nexstar Network.
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  • $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded in memory of Master Plumber John J. MacGregor of MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Harbor Springs, Mich. MacGregor was a proponent of young adults entering the trades, and his scholarship will support students 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 more than 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. George Brazil also is one of the founders of Nexstar.
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  • 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.


  • For donor or application information, visit www.nexstarfoundation.org or contact Renée Cardarelle at 651/789-8518, info@nexstarfoundation.org.

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