ASHRAE Announces Society Scholarship Recipients

ASHRAE has announced the recipients of 33 Society scholarships, totaling $166,000, for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“We are proud of the hard work and incredible determination of our 2019-20 scholarship recipients as they strive to achieve their academic goals,” says Samir Traboulsi, chair of the ASHRAE scholarship trustees. “One of the objectives of the ASHRAE Scholarship Program is to inspire the next generation of engineering professionals to work towards solving some of the world’s greatest HVAC&R challenges. We are pleased that this program is making such an impactful contribution to the future success of our industry.”

The following awards provide a $10,000 scholarship:

Willis H. Carrier Scholarships

Phillip Preuss, mechanical engineering, Clemson University and Nathan German, architectural engineering, University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha, are the recipients of a Willis H. Carrier Scholarship established by the Carrier Corp. in memory of its founder, who installed the world’s first scientifically designed air-conditioning system.

Reuben Trane Scholarships

Issac Golumbia, mechanical engineering, University of Victoria; Megan Bush, architectural engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, and Ethan Engle, architectural engineering, Kansas State University, are the recipients of a Reuben Trane Scholarship which is to be awarded over two years and was established by the Trane Co. in memory of its founder, an innovative engineer, inventor and business executive, who held 28 patents.

The following awards provide one-year $5,000 scholarships:

Frank M. Coda Scholarship

Mikaela Myrin, mechanical engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, is the recipient of the Frank M. Coda Scholarship created in memory of ASHRAE’s former executive vice president, who served from 1981-2004.


Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering Scholarship

Erica Acton, architectural engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering Scholarship named in honor of ASHRAE Presidential Member Gordon V.R. Holness, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, who served as the Society’s president in 2009-10.

Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering Technology Scholarship

Thomas Guilfoil, mechanical engineering technology, State University of New York College of Technology, is the recipient of the Gordon V.R. Holness Engineering Technology Scholarship.

Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship

Sydney Bellows, architectural engineering, Kansas State University, is the recipient of the Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship which recognizes female undergraduate engineering students and is named in memory of the Society’s first female president, who served as the Society’s president in 2010-11.

Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship

Samantha Daniels, architectural engineering technology, Vermont Technical College, is the recipient of the Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship which recognizes female undergraduate engineering technology students.

Alwin B. Newton Scholarship

Cheuk Fung Lam, building services engineering, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, is the recipient of the Alwin B. Newton Scholarship named for an industry pioneer and ASHRAE Fellow who was granted 219 patents.

David C.J. Peters Scholarship

Rachel Coyle, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University, is the recipient of the David C. J. Peters Scholarship created by Southland Industries to honor Peters, an advocate of recruiting quality.

Duane Hanson Scholarship

Alexander Rodrigues, architectural engineering, University of Cincinnati, is the recipient of the Duane Hanson Scholarship established by Gayner Engineers and is named for its former president.

Legacy Scholarship:

Esteban Garcia Ponte, mechanical engineering, Clemson University, is the recipient of the Legacy Scholarship.

ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship

Lauren Johnson, industrial and systems engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship named for a former Region IV chair and regional director on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.

James R. Bullock Jr. Scholarship

Josh Blalock, engineering – mechanical option, East Carolina University, is the recipient of the James R. Bullock, Jr. Scholarship named in memory of the late Bullock Jr., P.E., Life Member of ASHRAE, who served as president of Environmental Air Systems Inc.

General Scholarship

Jon Henry Cowart, electrical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, is the recipient of the General Scholarship.

Engineering Technology Scholarships

Landon Fisher, air-conditioning and refrigeration technology, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology; Andrew Scott, architectural engineering technology, Vermont Technical College, and Nicholas Schramski, HVAC engineering technology, Ferris State University, are the recipients of an Engineering Technology Scholarship.

Freshman Engineering Scholarship

Owen Lutz, architectural engineering, Kansas State University, is the recipient of the Freshman Engineering Scholarship.

The following awards provide one-year $3,000 scholarships:

Henry Adams Scholarship

Charleson Asibor, architectural engineering, University of Lagos, is the recipient of the Henry Adams Scholarship established by Henry Adams Inc. in memory of its founder, a charter member and sixth president of ASHRAE’S predecessor society, ASHVE, established in 1899.

ASHRAE Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

Jake Pforr, facilities engineering, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Region I Setty Family Foundation Scholarship named in honor of Boggarm Setty, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.

ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

Maggie Smith, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship.

ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Peter Potvin Scholarship

Andrew Kivi, mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Peter Potvin Scholarship named in memory of a former president of the Minnesota Chapter.

ASHRAE New Jersey Chapter Scholarship

Veronica DeStefano, mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the recipient of the ASHRAE New Jersey Chapter Scholarship.


ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship

Garrett Fields, mechanical engineering technology, State University of New York at Canton, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship named in memory of ASHRAE Life Members Fritz Traugott, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, and Harry King.

ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter Scholarship

Matthew Woods, sustainable and renewable energy engineering, Carleton University, is the recipient of the ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter Scholarship.

Donald E. Nichols Scholarship

Austin Estes, mechanical engineering, Tennessee Technological University, is the recipient of the Donald Nichols Scholarship named for a former ASHRAE vice president and graduate of Tennessee Technological University.

High School Senior Scholarships

Peter Bennett, HVAC technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Joshua Adair, architectural engineering, Lawrence Technological University; Isabella Gayoso, mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University; and Gregory Melone, mechanical engineering, Clarkson University, are the recipients of a High School Senior Scholarship.

Over the course of 30 years ASHRAE has awarded over $2.25 million to over 460 students. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 undergraduate engineering, technology, regional/chapter, and university-specific scholarships. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2019

For more information on ASHRAE’s scholarships, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit online.

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