Nexstar Legacy Foundation

Sarah Masters of Allendale, N.J., was the recipient of the Frank Blau Jr. Award from the Nexstar Foundation. The $6,000 scholarship will be used for her mechanical engineering studies at the University of Delaware.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation handed out its 2012-2013 scholarships, including its largest annual award, the Frank Blau Jr. Award.

The $6,000 prize goes to a student enrolled in a four-year program with the intent of working in the HVACR, plumbing and electrical industry.

This year’s recipient of the Frank Blau Jr. Award was Sarah Masters of Allendale, N.J. She is enrolled in the University of Delaware’s mechanical engineering program.

“We want to inspire people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries by being the leading resource for career information, training, and financial aid,” Julie Wieman, foundation vice president and scholarship chair.

A total of $34,500 was awarded to 16 students in total with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. The foundation said that 86 high school, college students and industry professionals applied for this year’s scholarships that were funded through the foundation by individual and company donations. This fall, an additional $7,500 will be awarded to students enrolled in technical school and apprentice programs, bringing this year’s total to $42,000, more than doubling last year’s scholarships.

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