2014 Scholarship Essay Contest Topic
"How is the planet's energy future tied to the innovation and skill of the plumbing and mechanical industry?"
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), a worldwide organization of dedicated professionals striving to make our planet a safer and healthier place in which to live, will again sponsor an essay competition awarding scholarships to three young people.
Participants in this year’s contest will submit essays expressing their thoughts on “How is the planet's energy future tied to the innovation and skill of the plumbing and mechanical industry?” As IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code® serves as the basis of codes that protect one half of the world’s population through safe installation and governance of plumbing systems around the globe and includes numerous provisions addressing sustainable systems and practices, the topic chosen by the IAPMO Board of Directors succinctly reflects both IAPMO’s 87-year-old mission and its future.
“Our industry is already playing a significant role in both advocating for and implementing water and energy efficiency measures as they relate to plumbing and mechanical systems,” said IAPMO President Gary Hile. “We await with open minds the suggestions and recommendations of our planet’s future leaders for whom the movement toward sustainability is paramount.”
The competition is open to those who are current high school seniors; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.
Submitted essays must be completely original and no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,600 words. The essay entry deadline is 11:59pm (PT) on May 1, 2014, via e-mail, fax or mail to IAPMO World Headquarters. Essays must be typewritten, double-spaced. All citations to factual data should be noted in the footnote or in a References page. A cover page should include student’s name, address, phone number and email.
The winning essay will be announced next September at the 2014 IAPMO Education and Business Conference in Minneapolis, Mn. The author of the essay awarded first prize will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. Second place winner will receive a $750 scholarship and the third place winner will receive a $500 scholarship. All winning essays will also be published in Official, IAPMO’s membership magazine, and on the IAPMO Website.
Individuals who meet the qualifications to submit an essay to the competition should include your name, your school’s name and yours or your parent’s professional affiliation with one of the qualifying trade associations or union locals. All essays should be sent to Ms. Gabriella Davis at IAPMO by e-mail at email@example.com; by fax at (909) 472-4222; or by standard mail to her attention at IAPMO, 4755 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761.
Winners of the 2013 scholarship essay contest
"Which steps can the plumbing/mechanical industries take to encourage businesses and individuals to “go green”?"
The top scholarship of $1,000 was awarded at this year's annual business and educational conference to Summer Higdon. The second place scholarship of $750 was awarded to Jeff Keysar and the third place award of $500 were awarded to Laura Biggie.
The essays will be published in the award-winning OFFICIAL Magazine and on the IAPMO Website in the next few months.
All of the winners also recieved a one-year membership to IAPMO.
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