Focus Flash Newsletter – January 2020

January 9, 2020
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation
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In this issue – Here are a couple New Year’s Resolutions we think should be on your list. Our scholarship program is open for business and so is our 2020 annual giving campaign. We are also sad to report on the passing of Irwin Botto.

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New Year’s Resolution #1 – “Our Apprentices Will Apply for a Scholarship.” 
It Costs Money for a New Apprentice to Get Trained. We Get It, and We Can Help.
The Foundation’s Scholarship program was built to help cover the training costs for apprentices working for PHCC contractors and students pursuing industry-related college studies.

Our 2020 scholarship program is now accepting applications. $117,000 is up for grabs through 57 scholarships. A new Patty Jones Memorial Scholarship has been added this year, established by her husband, past Foundation Chairman Bill Jones.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Plumbing or HVAC apprentices who are working full time for a PHCC contractor member.
  • Trade school or community college students taking plumbing or HVAC classes.
  • College students pursuing majors directly related to the plumbing-heating-cooling industry.
  • A max of 4 apprentices per company can win, so only have your top contenders apply.

How Does Someone Apply?

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  • Gather required submission materials (letters of recommendation and background info).
  • Complete the online application form, uploading the required documents.

When is the Deadline and When Are Winners Selected?

  • Applications and all required supporting materials are due by May 1st.
  • The Foundation Scholarship committee reviews applications over the summer. Winners are notified in late July and award checks are mailed directly to schools in August.

The scholarships are made possible with support from contractor contributions and A.O. Smith, Bradford White, Delta Faucet Company, RIDGID, State Water Heaters, the PHCC Past National Officers, PHCC of Massachusetts Auxiliary, PHCC of Texas Auxiliary, the McGlame-Wordell Scholarship Committee, Gerry Kennedy, Bill Jones, Steve & Isabella Schaefer and Anne Williams.


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Remembering Irwin BottoIrwin Botto
We are sad to report the passing of Foundation Board of Governors member Irwin Botto last week. Irwin was the founder of Botto Mechanical Corporation in Plainview, NY and he was instrumental in establishing the Foundation. Irwin was the uncle of PHCC’s National President-elect, Hunter Botto. Hunter shared with us that his Uncle Irv was the person who inspired him to join PHCC. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Botto family. A link to Irwin’s obituary is below.
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New Year’s Resolution #2 – “I’ll Make My Contribution Early.” 
It’s a presidential election year and that means you are going to be hit with a lot of ads asking you to support a candidate with your vote (and wallet).
Whatever your political party, please remember to continue supporting our party platform –
Unifying our industry to promote workforce recruitment, education and career development.
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How? Just make a contribution. Remember, every dollar receives matching contributions from our friends at InSinkErator and Ferguson.
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Of course if you would like to call with your gift, we are happy to talk! Contact John Zink at (800) 533-7694. Thank you!
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The PHCC Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in December 1986 by PHCC members with the goal of helping their fellow contractors be more successful through education and professional training. These contractors believed and still believe that by helping their friends and their competitors, the whole profession benefits.

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