About Our Scholarships


The intent of the scholarship program:

To bring talent to, and enhance and train existing talent, in the industries of plumbing, HVAC and electrical.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is devoted to bringing new talent into the home and commercial services industry. Our scholarship program is open to qualified individuals interested in entering, or currently working in, the plumbing, HVACR and/or electrical fields. Students must be a citizen of the USA, Canada, Australia or the Cayman Islands.

“As a father of one of these graduates, I personally would like to thank the Nexstar Legacy Foundation and Mr. Frank Blau for having the visions, kindness and caring to develop a network of like-minded people who without knowing the recipient made funding available to better our industry. With the support of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, my daughter Sarah was able to accomplish her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. Thank you for all of your generosity and support.”

-Martin Masters, Martin Masters Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning


The foundation currently has five scholarship programs:

1. Business Management Scholarships

  • Given to students seeking four-year university degrees.
  • Includes students seeking degrees in business management, mechanical engineering, marketing or other business function related to running a HVAC, plumbing, or electrical business.
  • This scholarship is provided for one academic year – September through May – with disbursement in September and January.

2. Technician/Service Provider Scholarships

  • Given to students in two- or four-year programs focused on becoming technicians or service providers in the HVAC, plumbing, or electrical fields.
  • Includes students training to become a service technician or installer for an HVAC, electrical, or plumbing company.
  • Students are awarded this scholarship each year of their program, up to four years.

3. Technician/Service Provider Apprentice Scholarships

  • Given to students in two-year training programs such as apprenticeship programs.
  • Includes students training to become service technicians or installers for HVAC, plumbing, or electrical companies.
  • This scholarship is provided one time and is awarded in the spring and fall of the year.

4. Mini-Scholarships

  • For continuing education, and is awarded throughout the year.
  • Includes anyone working in the HVAC, plumbing, or electrical home service industry who would like to receive additional training.

5. Troops to Trades Scholarships

A named scholarship can also be given as part of our Troops to Trades program which helps military veterans transition into careers in the service industry.  Click here for more details on the program.


Management in Plumbing, HVAC or Electrical Scholarships

The Management Scholarships are designed for students intending a career in management in a business focused on plumbing, HVAC or electrical.  This includes people intending to own and operate their own business as well as people planning to work in marketing, accounting, mechanical engineering, operations or other related position within this type of business.  Applicants must plan to attend school full time for the entire academic year.


This category includes the following scholarships:

Click on each scholarship name below to learn more

The Frank Blau Jr. Scholarship for $ 7,000

This scholarship is permanently funded by the foundation and offered each year.  It is based on merit and open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Jill Reed Woman in Trades Scholarship for $2,000

This scholarship is funded by individual donors and will be offered while funds are available.  It is available only to women who are planning a career in marketing in the plumbing, HVAC or electrical industries.

John MacGregor Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by individual donors and will be offered while funds are available.