A. O. Smith Awards Scholarships to Students Pursuing Trade Careers

October 16, 2018

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (October 16, 2018) – A. O. Smith, the leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes and businesses, again partnered with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation to award scholarships to four outstanding students in pursuit of careers as plumbing and mechanical professionals.

The Charlie Wallace Service scholarships and A. O. Smith scholarships are $2,500 individual awards given to top-performing students enrolled in a plumbing-heating-cooling related course of study.

Charlie Wallace Service Award Scholarships
This is the third year A. O. Smith and PHCC have partnered to fund the Charlie Wallace Service scholarships, named after the former COO of PHCC Quality Service Contractors who served as a prominent leader in the industry for 17 years. This year’s winners are Baron McLaughlin from Vista, Calif. and Rodulf B. Occeno from Orange County, Calif.

McLaughlin is studying plumbing installation, service, and repair at the PHCC Academy of San Diego. He plans to use the PHCC scholarship to become a journeyman and eventually open his own business. Occeno is studying plumbing installation, service, and repair in the PHCC Orange County Apprentice Program. He plans to use his education to hone his skills as an apprentice, earn the title journeyman, and maintain his 4.0 GPA.

A. O. Smith Scholarship Award
This is the 15th year for the A. O. Smith Scholarship Award. This year’s award winners are Benjamin Stauffer of Ind. and Jody-Ann Young of Allentown, Penn.

Stauffer is studying plumbing installation, service, and repair at Mechanical Skills Institute in Indianapolis, Ind. After the program, he plans to pursue a journeyman plumber certification and open an independent plumbing business. Young is studying plumbing installation, service and repair with the Allentown Master Plumbers Association. She intends to become a master plumber and go into business for herself.
“It is truly an honor to work with such intelligent, driven and ambitious students,” said David Chisolm, vice president of marketing at A. O. Smith. “We are proud to sponsor a scholarship that strengthens the industry by supporting highly qualified students entering a career in the trades.”

About A. O. Smith
A. O. Smith Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. A. O. Smith offers its customers an additional competitive advantage in that the company designs, builds, distributes and field supports the world’s broadest and deepest line of residential and commercial water heaters, as well as commercial boilers. This single-source concept simplifies ordering, installation and service and is backed by more than 80 years of research and innovation. For more information, visit www.hotwater.com. For the most up to date industry news, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. Students interested in pursuing a career in the plumbing or HVACR professions are invited to visit phccfoundation.org for information on 2018 scholarships.