The Nexstar Legacy Foundation has announced its first round of 2012-2013 scholarship award winners. Sixteen students were recently awarded a total of $34,500, with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. The award winners are pursuing education in preparation for careers within the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical industry.

“The mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is to give back through an industry that has been so good to us,” said Foundation President Bill Raymond of Frank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Service Company, Peekskill, N.Y.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to students based upon merit, chosen by a scholarship selection committee comprised of industry leaders both inside and outside of Nexstar Network.

The scholarship program is the major gifting program of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. The largest annual award is the Frank Blau Jr. Award of $6,000, awarded to a student who is enrolled in a four-year program with the intent of working in the industry. Foundation VP and Scholarship Chair Julie Wieman said, “We want to inspire people to discover the prestige, earning power, and stability of careers in the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical industries by being the leading resource for career information, training, and financial aid,” Wieman is president of MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Harbor Springs, Mich.

Eighty-six high school, college students, and industry professionals applied for this year’s scholarships that were funded through the Legacy Foundation by individual and company donations. This fall, an additional $7,500 will be awarded to students enrolled in technical school/apprentice programs, bringing this year’s total to $42,000, more than double than last year.

For more information on the Nexstar Legacy Foundation or to apply for a scholarship (open through August 31), go to www.nexstarfoundation.org or contact Renee Cardarelle at (651) 789-8518 or send an email to info@nexstarfoundation.org