A. O. Smith to Award Scholarship to Zionsville Student

October 16, 2018

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (October 16, 2018) – A. O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes and businesses, today announced Benjamin Stauffer of Zionsville, Ind., as the recipient of a $2,500
scholarship. The scholarship will go towards helping to support Stauffer’s pursuit of a career in the plumbing, mechanical, or technical field.

Stauffer is studying plumbing, installation, service and repair at Mechanical Skills Institute and working full-time for Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Indianapolis, Ind. With the scholarship, he plans to obtain a journeyman certification in plumbing and eventually open his own business.

“After attending a typical four-year university for two years off and on, I realized it wasn’t for me,” said Stauffer. “I was always told learning a trade would benefit me tremendously and after working at Mr. Rooter, I can already see the benefits.”

A. O. Smith has partnered with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation to fund the scholarship since 2004. The A. O. Smith scholarship is offered to students enrolled in a plumbing-heating-cooling related course of study and was created to expand the expertise essential to the HVACR and plumbing industry. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a PHCC member in addition to an extensive portfolio of qualifications.

“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.”
For more information on the PHCC foundation, visit http://foundation.phccweb.org.

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.