Our History



From Innovative Roots – The Nexstar Network

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation was born from members of its for-profit sister company, the Nexstar Network. Nexstar Network is dedicated to the business education of service contractors in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical service and repair industry.

The Nexstar Network has maintains its founding core values—integrity, quality, value, member profitability and customer satisfaction. Nexstar is positioned to support members with an array of tools and programs such as internet-delivered information, instructor-led schools, member mentors, business coaches and special events.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation

In 2005, a new dream was born out of the Nexstar Network, that of giving back through a rewarding industry. This led to the creation of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, a 501(C)3 not for profit, which immediately succeeded in developing an endowment base and scholarship program.

Scholarship Program

In order to give back, the foundation first needed to grow. The endowment began in October of 2005 with $34,000 in donations. To date the endowment has grown to $200,000, with the help of numerous donors.

The scholarship program was the foundation’s first chance to give back. Designed to provide educational funding for trades people and to bring new talent into the home service industry, the scholarships provide funds to students interested in the plumbing, HVACR and electrical trades. The scholarship program started in 2005 and has awarded over $200,000 to more than 40 students. Learn more.

Troops to Trades

In 2013, the foundation created its program, Troops to Trades, committed to attracting talented veterans, National Guard and Reserve members to the skilled trades. Since its creation, Troops to Trades offers training grants, scholarships, and help in career placements in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries.

Explore the Trades

Explore the Trades, began in 2014 as a campaign to actively drive students, ages 15-25, into the PHCE service industry through education of students, businesses and schools.  Explore the Trades uses advocacy, education, and outreach to potential employees to build awareness about these careers, and provides recruiting materials for educators and employers. Career resources include a job board, trade school map, and license information.