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ASHRAE Scholarships Provide Financial Assistance for 33 Students

Sep 28, 2016

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

ATLANTA – Thirty-three students receiving scholarship funds from ASHRAE are joining more than 300 others who have received financial assistance from the Society over the years.

The students are accepting $164,000 worth of financial assistance for the 2016-17 school year. Over the course of 28 years ASHRAE has awarded more than $1.78 million to over 360 deserving undergraduate students.

“ASHRAE scholarships have a positive impact on the lives of students, often allowing them to focus more on their studies and work fewer hours at part-time jobs,” Chuck Curlin, chair of the Scholarship Trustees, said. “ASHRAE scholarships help defray some of the costs of a college education - which has gotten much more expensive in past years. The scholarships we provide not only help with the financial needs of students, but also creates a direct connection between the recipients and ASHRAE.”

Curlin notes that ASHRAE receives thank you letters each year from scholarship recipients expressing their gratitude for the scholarships. Some of these can be viewed at www.ashrae.org/scholarships, along with complete information about the program.

The 2016-17 scholarship recipients are:

  • Willis H. Carrier Scholarships: $10,000 each for one year, Casey Zarger and Kristen Cole, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University. The scholarship was established by the Carrier Corp. in memory of its founder, who installed the world’s first scientifically designed air-conditioning system.
  • Reuben Trane Scholarships: $10,000 each to be awarded over two years, Danish Dhamani, mechanical engineering, Drexel University; Aldo Kusnardi, mechanical engineering, Minnesota State University; and Jacquelyn Sommers, architectural engineering, Kansas State University.  The scholarship was established by the Trane Co. in memory of its founder, an innovative engineer, inventor and business executive.

The following awards provide one-year $5,000 scholarships:

  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship: Linda Komnang Liezu, mechanical engineering, City College of New York.  The scholarship recognizes female undergraduate engineering students and is named in memory of the Society’s first female president.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship: Kathleen Agustin, sustainable energy and building technology, Humber College.  The scholarship recognizes female undergraduate engineering technology students.
  • Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship: Robert Cosby, mechanical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. The scholarship is named for a former Region IV chair and regional director on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.
  • James R. Bullock Jr. Scholarship: Benjamin Bingham, mechanical engineering, North Carolina State University. It is named in honor of Bullock Jr., P.E., Life Member, a longtime ASHRAE member who serves as president of Environmental Air Systems Inc.
  • Frank M. Coda Scholarship: Mariana Silva, civil engineering, University of Texas at Austin.  The scholarship was created in memory of ASHRAE’s former executive vice president, who served from 1981-2004.
  • Duane Hanson Scholarship: Dayna Hedges, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University.  The scholarship was established by Gayner Engineers and is named for the company’s former president.
  • Gordon V.R. Holness Scholarship, Caitlin Bubel, mechanical engineering, Drexel University. It is named in honor of ASHRAE Presidential Member Holness, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, who served as president in 2009-10.
  • David C.J. Peters Scholarship: Jacob Upton, mechanical engineering, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.  The scholarship was created by Southland Industries to honor Peters, an advocate of recruiting quality.
  • Alwin B. Newton Scholarship: Amber Zuehlke, architectural engineering, Lawrence Technological University.  The scholarship is named for an industry pioneer and ASHRAE Fellow who was granted 219 patents.
  • General Scholarship: Lauren Boyle, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Legacy Scholarship: Dallas Gardner, architectural engineering, Kansas State University.
  • Engineering Technology Scholarships: Franciso Iniguez, HVAC engineering technology and energy management, and Justin Dean, HVAC&R technology, both from Ferris State University; and Seth Helliker, construction management, Pittsburg State University.
  • Freshman Engineering Scholarship: Muhammad Abbasi, mechanical engineering, Minnesota State University.

The following awards provide one-year $3,000 scholarships:

  • Henry Adams Scholarship: Rachel Kendall, mechanical engineering, University of Manitoba.  The scholarship was established by Henry Adams, Inc. in memory of its founder, a charter member and sixth president of ASHRAE’S predecessor society, ASHVE, established in 1899.
  • ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship, Sandhya Sapkota, mechanical engineering, City College of New York. It is named in memory of Fritz Traugott, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, and Harry King, Life Member.
  • J. Richard Mehalick Scholarships: Richard Hollenbach III and Kevin White, mechanical engineering, University of Pittsburgh. The scholarship is named in memory of an ASHRAE member who was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and oversaw development of air conditioning equipment used in commercial, military, aerospace and transportation applications
  • Donald E. Nichols Scholarship:  Hayden Rhymer, mechanical engineering, Tennessee Technological University.  The scholarship is named for a former ASHRAE vice president and graduate of Tennessee Technological University. 
  • Minnesota Chapter Peter Potvin Scholarship:  Ryley Davis, mechanical engineering, Minnesota State University. The scholarship is named in memory of a former president of the Minnesota Chapter.
  • Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship: Michelle Shadpour, mechanical engineering, University of Southern California. The scholarship is named after Boggarm Setty, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.
  • Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship:  James Braza, mechanical engineering, University of Pittsburgh. This scholarship is named after Setty.
  • Region VIII Scholarship:   Matthew Coleman, mechanical engineering, University of Texas-Permian Basin. 
  • High School Senior Scholarships: Daryl Williams, engineering, North Carolina State University; Tyler McCubbins, mechanical engineering, University of Tennessee; Anne Wellford, engineering, Trinity University; and Emily Ruble, engineering, Western Kentucky University. 

For more information on ASHRAE scholarships, visit www.ashrae.org/scholarships. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 undergraduate, regional/chapter and university-specific scholarships. The deadline is December 1, 2016.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.