Scholarships

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

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

FOSTER McCARL, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) 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
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
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
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
Josam Scholarship
New in 2020
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
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Beyond the Classroom – Learn About MCAA GreatFutures

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Mooney who highlights the unique features and benefits of the MCAA GreatFutures program for both students and MCAA members. Upcoming Beyond the Classroom videos will showcase how MCAA student chapter members and MCAA members alike are benefiting from the program. They will also share the opportunities available to students who choose careers in the mechanical industry.

Molly Sizemore has accepted her second summer internship at Southland Industries, a member of the MCA of Metropolitan Washington. She is a member of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She said, “MCAA has definitely created a springboard for me into the mechanical contracting industry, and I’m very excited to continue this journey and get others involved.”

Congratulations to our four finalists for this year’s Student Chapter Competition: Ball State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can see the final four teams compete at MCAA2020 on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these students’ insightful approaches to a real-world contracting bid!

Andrew Nguyen has accepted a summer internship with MCA of Metropolitan Washington (MCAMW) member The Bowers Group, also known as W.E. Bowers. Andrew is a junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, studying Building Construction. He shared that, “…attending The 2019 Great Futures Forum was my first experience with MCAA and my golden ticket into the mechanical contracting industry.”

MCAA congratulates Paige Theby, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia, for graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and accepting a full-time position with Murphy Company. Paige reflects on her experiences and how MCAA, the MCA of Eastern Missouri, and her student chapter and internship experiences helped her find her GreatFuture!

Caleb Kowalski, an MCAA Student Chapter member, shares the opportunities and internship experiences he has received with the support of MCAA and MCA-Omaha. Caleb says, “since joining MCA-Omaha, I have had opportunities that I never thought were possible, and I know this is the industry for me.”