Meet The Scholarship Winners

James“Giving back through the Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical industries.”

James Fingerman

“I want to learn as much as I possibly can about where plumbing is now and where it will be 20 years from now.  The last 8 months have allowed me to see the tremendous amount of variety and skill required to be a well rounded plumber.”  It is for this reason that James Fingerman applied for the Nexstar Legacy Foundation scholarship, in order to become the best he can be in his newly chosen field.

James came to the industry in mid-life, having first achieved a successful career as a pilot, where he worked his way up to flying 747’s.  However, the economic downturn and other changes in his life encouraged him to seek a new career and he found it at Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air.  “I could not have asked for a more supportive work environment than Anderson Plumbing.  With their guidance and support, I feel this career move was the right thing to do at the right time in my life.”

James is not adverse to hard work.  Besides his pursuit of aviation, he has also driven race cars and more recently began to compete in off-road triathlons.  “I challenged myself to be the best that I could be and accept whatever results I obtained.”

He is an excellent example of the type of quality service technicians who apply for the Nexstar Legacy Foundation scholarship.  They are motivated, ambitious and focus all their abilities on their chosen field.  “The potential to expand my knowledge and skill in the plumbing trade are just a few of the many reasons I have chose to pursue the Nexstar scholarship.  I’m at a turning point in my life where my background as a commercial pilot was not allowing me to provide a stable and rewarding future for my family.”

If you know someone like James who is motivated and excited to be a part of the industry, encourage them to apply for a scholarship today!


The Creation of Dreams

Andy“I wanted my career to focus on giving back,” and to “better the world,” says Andy Deckert, two time Frank Blau Scholarship Award winner. This is why Andy has chosen to major in both mechanical and electrical engineering. He says, “These two fields seem to encompass a lot of needs in the world, and also seem to be fields I can use to give back. That would be my main purpose; use the talents I gain and give back to a community that has so richly blessed my own life.” Andy truly represents the type of talent and leadership that the foundation is looking for in its scholarship award winners, who are sure to create an impact in the industries of plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical as well in the world at large.

Andy is already taking advantage of opportunities around him to give back to others. By the time he was 18, he was well on the way to making the world a better place by participating in three mission trips: two to Kenya, Africa and one to Australia. On one of his trips he helped install a water treatment and purification system in order to address one of the biggest health challenges Africa faces, clean water.

In his first year at Michigan Technological University, Andy has continued to be a leader. He is a part of the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, available to a select group of students. The institute is focused on creatively solving the world’s problems. It empowers students to tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit and gives them the skills it takes to lead global organizations.

As Andy demonstrates, the goal of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation Scholarship is to bring some of the best talent available into an industry that is essential to our communities. This is true whether they are working towards their technician’s degree and will bring their talent into the home service field or, like Andy, they are working on degrees where they can use their leadership skills to impact the lives of millions across the globe.

The end result is a success for all. The students receive the encouragement they need to make their dreams become reality, the industry receives the benefit of their talent, and the world is bettered by their ingenuity. Andy exemplifies the purpose of the foundation when he says, “To me, the definition of “success” is to leave the world a better place for your having been here and electrical engineering is a field where I believe I can achieve that goal.”

Scholarship Winner Josh Roden