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Everyone is talking about the need for technicians,

we’re doing something about it.

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Our Programs:

  Troops to Trades • Scholarships  Explore the Trades


What we do:

  • Support and grow the Troops To Trades  program, serving veterans through career placement options, training grants and scholarships for careers in the trades
  • Host the Troops To Trades Business Network, helping businesses recruit technicians
  • Expand and support the Explore The Trades program, recruiting the next generation of technicians
  • Support new technicians seeking experience through a step-by-step manual
  • Update and provide a job board for Explore the Trades
  • Fund mini-scholarships for continuing education for those in the industry, and educational scholarships for students entering the trades
  • Craft recruitment materials and videos, and build relationships with communities nationwide supporting careers in the trades






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Troops To Trades is dedicated to helping military veterans find a career at a plumbing, heating, cooling, or electrical (PHCE) service business. We do this by providing training grants and scholarships, and through our business network.

Training Grants and Scholarships

Our all-expense-paid training provides veterans with 1 to 4 weeks of hands-on learning that equips them to enter the industry.

Training is available in the following areas:

  • HVAC repair and service
  • Electrical repair and service
  • Plumbing repair and service
  • Customer service/ distribution service
  • HVAC/sewer sales

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In addition to scholarships, the foundation is working with over 500 businesses in the industry to help connect veterans who need jobs with open positions.  Businesses who are interested in connecting with veterans can attend job fairs, post positions on veteran job sites and more.  Learn more.

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Each year we offer up to 20 scholarships to students who are training to work in a business that provides home or commercial plumbing, heating/cooling or electrical services.  This includes students pursuing management level positions in the trades, as well as students pursuing technical training to work as installers and service providers.

Started in 2006, the foundation scholarship program has already granted $150,000 to students in this field. The online application individuals pursuing a technical career is open until July 19th.  Learn more. 

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Explore The Trades

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There is a shortage of qualified technicians in the plumbing, HVACR and electrical service industries. The Nexstar Legacy Foundation seeks to actively drive students into this field through education of students, businesses and schools.  We will accomplish this through advocacy, education, and outreach to potential employees.

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If you are a business owner, visit our business resource page.

“Every now and then you come across an organization comprised of very special professionals that have the insight and wisdom to help people because they know and feel it is the right thing to do. Built on goodwill toward young men and women starting out in their field of expertise, these pioneers started, built and continue to manage a foundation that’s very existence is driven by giving back to an industry that has, through their own efforts, been so good to them. This foundation is called the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Focusing on the future, building and supporting the leaders of our industry for years to come. The Legacy Foundation is one of a kind because it was built by contractors to better educate young mechanical professionals. Paving the way for a better work environment for thousands of new people who may not otherwise have had these future opportunities.”

Martin Masters Plumbing, Heating &Air Conditioning Inc.

A Message From One Of The Founders

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation started as a dream to provide a channel for people in the home service industry to give back to their community. Businesses in the plumbing, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) and electrical industries provided funding to start the foundation in 2005. The foundation immediately began to serve the community through its scholarship program, designed to attract talent to these industries. In addition, the foundation continues to focus on fund raising through events and other activities in order to expand its services to the community.

“There is no richer emotion I know than the sense of contribution. The feeling that who you are as a person, how you have lived your life, what you have said and what you have done, has touched others in a deep and meaningful way, is an ultimate gift of life. IT IS YOUR LEGACY.”

JOHN WARD Nexstar Legacy Founder