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There are a limited number of scholarships available for veterans, National Guard and Reserve members apply for the Troops to Trades program.  These scholarships can be used to pay for tuition at an accredited training program, such as a technical school program.  The two scholarships currently available, Jim “Buddha” Potts and AC Pro, are detailed below.

Jim “Buddha” Potts Scholarships – Over $10,000 Available!

Description: Jim “Buddha” Potts was a highly-decorated veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam and receiving numerous medals of honor, including the Purple Heart. During his second tour, Jim was shot down and captured as a POW, soon escaping and freeing his comrades. Jim later devoted his life to the betterment of contractors, teaching them sound financial advice and business acumen. He was an early supporter of the Nexstar Network and was able to deliver a common-sense approach to understanding the financials of plumbing and heating companies. He was a man of great intellect and compassion and assisted many Nexstar Network members in becoming stronger business leaders. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Eligibility: Military veterans who are interested in beginning a career in the trades

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AC Pro – $5,000 HVAC Scholarship!

In 1986, AC Pro was founded on the core values of integrity, courtesy, and service. Where better to search for individuals who can carry these values to the HVAC industry than our own armed forces?

Hard work, loyalty, and a dedication to being the best are core values in the veterans who have unselfishly served this country, and are great traits to bring to this rewarding industry. What more could we ask for when searching for the perfect candidate to work in the HVAC industry?

The AC Pro Scholarship is more than a dollar amount given to a lucky candidate. It’s an opportunity to give someone who shares our core values the chance to gain the skills needed to begin a rewarding career outside the uniform – not just for them, but for their family as well. It’s an opportunity for us to give back to someone who has given to our country. For us, this is personal.

The AC Pro Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to one Troops to Trades veteran who is involved in an HVAC technical training program. Click here for more details.

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Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management and Technician Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available through Troops to Trades, the Nexstar Legacy foundation offers scholarships to students who are attending school with the intention of pursuing a career in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries.  These dollars are available in the fall of every year, and there are two application periods that run approximately January through mid-March and June through mid-August.

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Other Scholarships

Montgomery GI Bill

Service members, eligible veterans and even their families looking to return to civilian life are eligible for the federal program through the Montgomery GI Bill. The benefits include education, medical, housing and more. Education benefits are up to 356 months for certificate and degree programs, correspondence courses, flight training, apprenticeship and on-the-job training. In certain situations, deficiency, refresher and remedial courses may be approved. The MGIB program is also referred to as Chapter 30. Benefits are payable up to 10 years after release of active duty. To learn more about these benefits and other related veterans scholarships and grants, visit

Grants for Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) Supplement Education Grant (SEG) reimburses certain costs associated with seeking a first associate or bachelor degree or a Vocational or Technical Training Certificate or a General Equivalency Diploma. The program is for CGMA members and eligible family members. If the program is not otherwise covered by Coast Guard Tuition Assistance or other similar programs, students might qualify for reimbursement of $250 per calendar year. Find out more at

Vietnam Veterans in North Carolina

Are you a Vietnam veteran or family member living in certain counties in North Carolina? You might qualify for the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. scholarship and grant programs. If the veteran has a Vietnam Service Medal, the veteran and spouses, children, grandchildren, adopted children and foster children are eligible for the $500 grant toward tuition, books, fees or housing for a study year. Get additional information at

AMVETS Scholarship Program for Veterans or Family Members

Are you a veteran or family member who is financially needy or a veterans who depleted financial aid? You might qualify for the AMVETS Scholarship Program based on financial need, academic excellence and merit. Scholarships are awarded for full-time graduate or undergrad programs or a certification or degree program from an accredited technical or trade school. With evidence of enrollment and meeting prescribed academic standards, $1,000 is awarded annually for a four-year maximum. Veterans and family members can get more info at


Are you looking to attend an undergraduate program at DeVry University and are a student who served in the US Armed Forces? You might qualify for a Veteran’s Appreciation Grant of $250 to $500 per session with a minimum 2.5 CGPA and at least 6 credit hours per semester or one course per session for graduate students.

Are you a veteran, spouse, natural or adopted children with financial need looking to attend DeVry and not receiving 100 percent tuition reimbursement? You may be eligible for the DeVry AMVETS Scholarship of up to $9,000 with continuous enrollment and a minimum 2.0 CGPA. To learn more about the Veteran’s Appreciation Grant and AMVETS Scholarship visit

Purple Heart Members and Family

Are you a member, spouse, widow, dependent or grandchild of the Military Order of the Purple Heart? If so, you might be eligible for the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship toward higher education. For additional info, visit or call (703) 642-5360.

Chicago Injury Center’s Annual Scholarship For Disabled Veterans

The Chicago Injury Center is proud to offer four scholarships for disabled US Veterans, ranging from $250 to $1000. Applicants should write a 500+ word essay discussing the unique challenges they have faced as a disabled veteran and how their experiences have prepared them to overcome the challenges they will see as students. For additional info, visit or call (312) 818-4450.

Hardy Wolf Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who are either active/retired members of, or relatives of members of the US military or law enforcement personnel across the country. The award will be distributed among 13 students; there will be one award of $2,500, one award of $1000, one award of $500 and ten awards of $100 each. Applicants will be requested to write a 1500-2000 word essay on very specific topics; the essay topics will be provided upon submission of the application request. Students must apply through our website, at There is one section on the homepage (scroll down) titled “Hardy Wolf Scholarship;” students may contact us via this portal to apply. Upon receiving their request we will send qualified applicants a Scholarship Application Form and confirmation email with all the details and information necessary to apply for the scholarship awards.

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