A. O. Smith Announces Winners of Charlie Wallace Service Award Scholarships

September 21, 2016

KesterandKreutzerA. O. Smith announced today the winners of the two $2,500 Charlie Wallace Service Award Scholarships for students in plumbing and HVAC programs.

A. O. Smith partnered with the Plumbing-Heating-Colling Contractors Association (PHCC) Educational foundation in April to create the scholarship. The foundation directs the scholarship program and is responsible for selecting the award winners.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are students Noah Kester and Michael Kreutzer.

Noah Kester of Colonial Heights, Virginia, is working for his family’s plumbing company Colonial Plumbing and Heating. A recent high school graduate, Kester started school this fall at John Tyler Community College, Chester, Va., where he has begun a two-year Business Management degree program. Following his completion of the program, Kester wants to manage his father’s company.

“I hope that this scholarship will allow me to learn more and allow me to obtain a higher position in the plumbing and HVAC community,” said Kester. “This scholarship will greatly improve my ability to learn more about the art of managing a business.”

Michael Kreutzer of Ulysses, Kansas, graduated from high school in May and is attending Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., in the fall where he will be studying Business Management. When he graduates from the university, Kreutzer’s career goal is to return home to his father’s company, Tatro Plumbing Co., and become the fourth-generation plumber to work in the family business.

“Plumbing is one of those things that just seems to make sense to me,” said Kreutzer. “I look forward to learning more in this profession.”

The scholarships are awarded in honor of Charlie Wallace, the chief operating officer of PHCC’s Quality Service Contractors enhanced service group. Wallace retired in March after serving in the plumbing-heating and cooling industry for 17 years.

“Sponsoring a scholarship that recognizes the lifetime of work that Charlie Wallace has dedicated to our industry is a true honor for us. Charlie has touched so many folks in the plumbing and HVAC industry over the years that it’s great to be able to pay his effort forward,” said Jeff Storie, director of marketing at A. O. Smith. “These students have set high goals for their careers and we are excited to be able to support them in this way.”

To qualify for a PHCC Educational Foundation scholarship, students must submit a detailed application including a letter of recommendation from an active member of the PHCC—National Association and enroll in a plumbing-heating-cooling related course of study or apprentice program such as business management, construction management or science specializing in mechanical construction or mechanical engineering.

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 2016 scholarships.