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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Scholarship Program

Overview/Purpose  |   Apply Today!  | Selection Process
Scholarships, Criteria and Deadlines | Tips for Applicants
Scholarship Recipients


Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue an engineering or technology career in the HVAC&R field. The Society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R.

Over the course of 26 years ASHRAE has awarded more than $1.5 million to over 300 deserving undergraduate and graduate students.

“Thank you to the trustees at ASHRAE!  This scholarship has been more than just a huge help financially… I hope to make an impact in this industry someday.  Thank you.”

Peter Kohler, University of North Carolina, Mechanical Engineering
ASHRAE General Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014 

“With the help of ASHRAE, I am at a great place financially with my college expenses.  Thank you for recognizing a need for support of higher education, and for providing me this gift to enable me to succeed at my freshman year of engineering courses.”

Elizabeth Lynch, Iowa State University, Mechanical Engineering
ASHRAE High School Senior Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014


“It is truly a blessing to have received this ASHRAE scholarship. Having been the first
recipient of the Lynn G. Bellenger scholarship is tremendously rewarding. Being a transfer
student has taught me a lot about perseverance and dedication in order to maintain success,
and I believe this scholarship is a reflection of that. As rewarding as this scholarship is, I will continue to stay humble and motivated in pursuing my goals in life.”

Tiffany Williams, North Carolina A&T State University, Architectural Engineering - Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship Recipient

"I am thankful to ASHRAE for their generosity and in giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic goals. Having the finances to take care of part of my educational expenses is an enormous relief and will allow me to involve myself more fully in research now and in the future and perhaps contribute towards the progress of the industry.”'

Mei Yung Wong, Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering - David C. J. Peters Scholarship Recipient


Selection Process:

Scholarships are awarded based on the following and for the academic year following the application deadline beginning with the fall semester:

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program recognized by ASHRAE and listed for each scholarship.  (Note: enrollment in an architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) at a school in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia is accepted for Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class ranking of no less than 30% evidenced by submission of an official transcript of grades and/or statement from a school administrator
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an instructor or faculty advisor, a current or past employer, and another character reference.  In the case of institutions with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.
  • Evaluation Form completed and submitted by the Student Activities Chair or other officer of the nearest ASHRAE chapter following an interview with the applicant
  • Potential service to the HVAC&R profession
  • Financial need
  • Leadership ability (activities, leadership roles, community service, etc.)
  • Work ethics (summer jobs, part-time jobs, etc.)

Scholarships, Criteria and Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships - Annual Application Deadline: December 1st

University-Specific Scholarships - Annual Application Deadline: December 1st

Regional/Chapter Scholarships - Annual Application Deadline: December 1st

Engineering Technology Scholarships -Annual Application Deadline: May 1st

High School Senior Scholarships - Annual Application Deadline: May 1st


Application and evaluation form

Submit only one application. You will be considered for each scholarship for which you qualify.

Direct all questions and submit scholarship application, including all supporting documents to:

Lois Benedict
Scholarship Administrator
1791 Tullie Circle, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404-636-8400
Fax: 404-321-5478


Top Ten Tips for ASHRAE Scholarship Applicants


  • Read the application carefully and answer all questions completely and honestly.
  • Make sure you meet all the criteria.
  • Make sure you submit the application and all required documents on or before the applicable deadline.
  • Use proper English (correct grammar and spelling) when completing the application.
  • Make sure your application, if typed or handwritten, is NEAT and legible
  • Submit a brief, non-required introductory cover letter.
  • Be clear and thorough when stating goals, financial need and answering essay questions.
  • Learn about the Society by contacting the nearest local ASHRAE chapter in your area and finding out if your school has a student branch on campus.
  • Contact ASHRAE headquarters staff if you have any questions and to ensure your application has been completed and submitted properly.
  • Become an ASHRAE Student Member.  Though not required for scholarship eligibility, a student membership will provide you with valuable resources and opportunities that will help you in your chosen career path.

Scholarship Recipients


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