The Nexstar Legacy Foundation recently provided $20,000 in scholarship money to nine students.

The foundation is part of the Nexstar Network, an HVAC and plumbing group dedicated to the success of independent contractors.

“The mission of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is to give back to an industry that has been so good to us,” said foundation President Bill Raymond of Frank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Service Co. in Peekskill, N.Y.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded $105,000 in scholarship grants. The largest annual award is the $6,000 Frank Blau Jr. Award, given to a student who is enrolled in a four-year industry program.

Sarah Masters was the winner of the Frank Blau Jr. Award. She is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware.

Graham Thurber, a business administration student at Washburn University, was the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship.

Receiving $2,000 scholarships were Derek Ascherin, George Pankowicz, Cody Cannon, and Vincent Romano. Ascherin is studying to be an electrical technician at Western Dakota Tech and Pankowicz is studying plumbing at Thaddeus Stevens College. Cannon is enrolled at Minnesota West Technical College in the electrical program, and Romano is enrolled in the HVAC program at Lincoln Technical College.

Three $1,000 scholarships were also awarded. Those went to Evan Duckart at North Dakota State College of Sciences, Nicholas Krenz at Dunwoody College of Technology, and Toby Keller at the University of Northwestern Ohio.