Scholarships

JRGF offers several scholarships as part of its commitment to funding the next generation of mechanical contracting leaders. With these scholarships, MCAA is dedicated to providing students the opportunity to develop professional skills, knowledge and experiences. These scholarships will be presented to worthy students involved with a chartered MCAA student chapter. Recipients are selected by members of the MCAA Career Development Committee.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for one these scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be a student in a four-year or five-year program working towards an undergraduate degree in Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, HVAC or other similar field.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in mechanical contracting.
  • Be present at the Wednesday morning Awards of Excellence Breakfast at MCAA’s Annual Convention. Those who do not attend may not be eligible to receive a scholarship.

JRGF and its generous donors are proud to present the following scholarships:

FOSTER McCARL, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) has established a $2,500 scholarship to commemorate its founder, Foster McCarl, Jr. and to honor his memory. This national scholarship will symbolize the scope of Mr. McCarl’s impact on the mechanical contracting industry and memorialize his many contributions to its continuing advancement.

REILLY FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The John W. Danforth Company has established a $5,000 scholarship to commemorate the memory of its leadership, the Reilly Family. Danforth is a charter member of the MCAA. Kevin “Duke” Reilly served as Danforth’s Chairman/CEO. Wayne, Patrick and Emmett Reilly contributed a combined 128 years of commitment and loyalty to their company and the industry. This national scholarship will symbolize the Reillys’ many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

WILLIAM A. BIANCO, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Kinetics has established a $5,000 scholarship to commemorate William A. Bianco, Jr. and to honor his memory. This national scholarship will symbolize the scope of Mr. Bianco’s impact on the mechanical contracting industry and memorialize his many contributions to its continuing advancement.

FERGUSON – WOMEN IN THE MECHANICAL INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP
(Open to female students)
Ferguson is sponsoring two $5,000 scholarships for two worthy female students invested in career in the mechanical contracting industry.

JOSAM ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
(Open to current Sophomores)
Josam Company has established a $2,500 endowment annual scholarship to a student committed to pursuing a degree in Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering or a similar field within MCAA’s scope. Provided that all qualifications are met the recipients will receive the scholarship in their sophomore, junior and senior years. This annual national scholarship will symbolize Josam Company’s commitment to assisting in the education of individuals who will pursue a career within the mechanical contracting industry.

ALAN P. O’SHEA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey has established two $2,500 scholarships to honor the memory of Alan P. O’Shea, former Executive Director of the MCA of New Jersey. These national scholarships will memorialize Mr. O’Shea’s many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

APPLY NOW

All applications, a letter of recommendation and resume, due February 15 to Harlee Gallo Mooney.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
2016 Timothy Drake University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2017 Sarah Drummey University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2018 Jared Kirkland Kansas State University
2019 Madison Beauchain Wentworth Institute of Technology
2020 Jonathan Dang Indiana State University
Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship
2016 Andrew Palcan Milwaukee School of Engineering
2017 Sarabeth Haworth Milwaukee School of Engineering
2018 Zachary Queen Kansas State University
2019 Thomas Walsh University of Missouri-Columbia
2020 Hunter DeJonge Alfred State College
William A. Bianco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
2016 Leah Hendricks Milwaukee School of Engineering
2017 Robert Ryan Schneider Colorado State University
2018 Ben Pikus Kent State University
2019 Caleb Kowalski University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2020 Logan Stone Milwaukee School of Engineering
Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarship
2018 Anna Rowe Milwaukee School of Engineering
2018 Sarah Drummey University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2019 Lindsey Stasi Wentworth Institute of Technology
2019 Madelyn Conway Purdue University
2020 Alexis Brown University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2020 Molly Sizemore Pennsylvania State University
Josam Scholarship
2020 Hailey Brennan University of Maryland, College Park
Alan P. O’Shea Memorial Scholarship
2016 Kevin McIntyre University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2017 Francesco Pisano Wentworth Institute of Technology
2018 Ruth Edgar University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2018 Nate Snyder University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2019 Brooke Scott Milwaukee School of Engineering
2019 Jarrod Blaser University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2020 Bryce Danielson University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2020 Kimberly Sikkema Ferris State University
Of Interest...

Molly Sizemore, a junior at Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded one of the two Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Molly is the President of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She will be interning for the second summer with MCA of Metro Washington member, Southland Industries.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement, and career development. University of Nebraska Student Chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Omaha. The chapter’s faculty advisor is, Vishnu Reddi, Assistant Professor of Practice with the Durham School College of Engineering. The student chapter takes a unique approach to fundraising, community service and networking opportunities with local MCA members.

Ali Brown, a junior at the University of Nebraska has been awarded one of the two Ferguson-Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Ali has been a member of the MCA Omaha Student Chapter since 2017. She is earning her degree in Business Administration & Human Resources. She sees the opportunities for growth in all areas of the industry. Ali has been interning for MCA member, Waldinger Corporation focusing in administration, virtual design construction and accounting. Ali will continue her internship through this summer.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Paige Theby. She has recently started as an Engineer at MCAA member, Murphy Company. As a past MCAA Student Chapter member and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major, Paige talks about the importance of her internship and the opportunities she sees for people starting out in the industry. She shares how MCAA GreatFutures can help kickstart a career through networking and internship opportunities.

Colin Hindman has accepted a second summer internship with MCA of Indiana member, Harrell-Fish, Inc. Colin is a junior studying Construction Management Technology at Purdue University where he is the President of the MCAA Student Chapter. Colin says, “being a part of MCAA has both reinforced and built upon concepts I have learned in class, but most importantly on the job. My excellent experience working with HFI gave me a certain advantage when approaching the competition project. Conversely, the MCAA Student Chapter Competition taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve already been able to apply back in my internship.

This year’s MCAA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Cristina Cosma of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The award, including a check, honors her mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and her active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities. The students of the Wentworth MCAA Student Chapter sponsored by the New England MCA, Inc. said, “a mentor’s role is to provide guidance, advice, encouragement, support, and resources. Cosma checks off all of these boxes and more.”