A. O. Smith awards five
scholarships to students pursuing trade careers.
A. O. Smith, the leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes
and businesses, has partnered with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling
Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation to award scholarships to
five outstanding students in pursuit of careers as plumbing and
The Charlie Wallace Service Scholarship and A. O. Smith Scholarship
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 second 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 Grace Brekke
of Oakland, Calif., and Elpidio Arroyo of Santa Ana, Calif..
Brekke is studying construction management at California Polytech
State University, San Luis Obsipo. She plans to use the PHCC
scholarship to become a project manager at a construction company.
Arroyo is studying plumbing installation and repair at PHCC Orange
County/San Bernardino Apprentice School. He plans to use his
education to become up-to-date with the laws, regulations, codes and
technology affiliated with the plumbing trade.
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A. O. Smith Scholarship
This is the 14th year for the A. O. Smith Scholarship Award.
This year's award winners are Ronald Butkus of Wausau, Wis.,
Travis Durkee of Poway, Calif., and Isaia Ferarita of
Butkus is studying plumbing installation, service and repair
at North Central Technical College in Wausau. After the
program, he plans to pursue a journeyman plumber
certification and open an independent plumbing and
mechanical business. Durkee is studying plumbing
installation, service and repair at the PHCC San Diego. He
intends to become a master plumber and transition into a
management position. Ferarita is studying plumbing
installation, service and repair at PHCC Orange County/San
Bernardino Apprentice School. With the PHCC scholarship, he
plans to become certified as a plumber and become a city
'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 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.
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