The first round of scholarships awarded $34,500 to 16 high school, college and industry professional applicants. This fall, an additional $7,500 will be awarded to students enrolled in technical school/apprentice programs.

TheNexstar Legacy Foundationrecently announced its first round of 2012-2013 scholarship award winners, with $34,500 awarded to 16 students from a field of 86 high school, college and industry professional applicants. The award winners are pursuing education in preparation for careers within the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.

This fall, an additional $7,500 will be awarded to students enrolled in technical school/apprentice programs, bringing this year’s total to $42,000, more than double the amount given last year. Scholarship applications will be accepted through Aug. 31.

“The mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is to give back through an industry that has been so good to us,” said Foundation PresidentBill RaymondofFrank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Service Companyof Peekskill, New York.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to students based upon merit, chosen by a scholarship selection committee comprised of industry leaders both inside and outside of the Nexstar Networkorganization.

The scholarship program is the major gifting program of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. The largest annual award is the Frank Blau Jr. Award of $6,000, awarded to a student who is enrolled in a four-year program with the intent of working in the industry. Foundation VP and Scholarship ChairJulie Wiemansaid, “We want 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 career information, training, and financial aid,” Wieman also is president ofMacGregor Plumbing & Heatingin Harbor Springs, Mich.

  • Frank J. Blau Jr. Honorary Scholarship - $6,000
    Sarah Masters (Allendale, N.J.)
    University of Delaware, mechanical engineering
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  • George Brazil Honorary Scholarship - $5,000
    Cody Cannon (Morris, Minn.)
    Minnesota West Technical College, electrical
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  • Barnett Honorary Scholarship - $5,000
    Benjamin Wineinger (Reading, Mich.)
    Jackson Community College, electrical


  • Jill Pomroy Reed Women in Business Honorary Scholarship - $2,000
    Colleen Koenig (Centennial, Colo.)
    University of Portland, marketing


  • John MacGregor Honorary Scholarship - $2,000
    Devon Castro (Albuquerque, N.M.)
    New Mexico Tech, electrical


  • John MacGregor Honorary Scholarship - $1,500
    Andrew Ballantyne (South China, Maine)
    Southern Maine Community College, electrical


  • John MacGregor Honorary Scholarship - $1,000
    Travis Callahan (Manassas, Va.)
    Fairfax County Adult Education Apprentice Program, plumbing


  • John MacGregor Honorary Scholarship - $1,000
    Andrew Genevro (Brockport, Pa.)
    Pennsylvania College of Technology, electrical


  • John MacGregor Honorary Scholarship - $1,000
    Victoria Weems (Atlanta)
    Interactive College of Technology, HVAC


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management Scholarship - $2,000                      
    Logan Messmer (Jasper, Ind.)
    Purdue University, construction management engineering and mechanical engineering


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management Scholarship - $1,000                      
    Graham Thurber (Topeka, Kan.)
    Washburn University, business administration
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  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management Scholarship - $1,000          
    Tim McGuire (Long Lake, Minn.)
    University of Minnesota Duluth, accounting


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management Scholarship - $1,000
    Stephanie Stevens (Wylie, Texas)
    University of Texas at Austin, accounting


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Technician Scholarship - $3,000
    Scott Steier (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, HVAC


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Technician Scholarship - $1,000
    Rylan Easter (Pateros, Wash.)
    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, HVAC


  • Nexstar Legacy Foundation Technician Scholarship - $1,000
    Evan Dukart (Wibaux, Mont.)
    North Dakota State College of Science, electrical


Source: Nexstar