As you know, over the past two decades, our network has been experiencing the effects of the shrinking skills gap. It is reported that 25% of the workforce will be of “retirement age” by 2020. At the same time, the home improvement industry will see a 15% growth in the number of jobs created just to meet the expected demand.
These challenges became the catalyst to create the EGIA Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a nationwide allied network that is taking on the challenge of reversing the misconceptions created by those outside the industry and developing a sustaining workforce made up of each successive up-and-coming generation.
A main focus of increasing the home services workforce is the annual EGIA Foundation Scholarship that awards up to 20 students $2,500 apiece to pursue an HVAC degree or certificate at an accredited community college, technical/vocational school, or approved technical institute. When we support these pursuits, we create a ready, willing and able workforce.
And yet, the price of higher education today stands as a barrier to many in achieving their goals. A large percent of graduating high school students are in need of financial aid in order to afford further education. Beyond the stress that new student’s experience, tuition cost leads to tough financial choices for most as they balance school, activities, and part-time jobs. These scholarships makes a lasting and significant impact on the HVAC industry. When a young person becomes involved in the industry, our organizations and companies gets stronger. The EGIA Foundations is committed to ensuring that the future is bright for the HVAC Industry and to remain organization that inspires others to learn, advance, and better our community.
To date, we have provided scholarships totaling more than $150,000 to over 50 students throughout the United States. Our goal is to grow the funds available for scholarships to help more students realize their dreams while bolstering the home services industry for many years to come.
SUPPORT THE EGIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Your generous donations help us continue to provide scholarships, career-opportunities, and a brighter future for students and the industry at large. Not only do we accept cash donations, grants, and sponsorships, you also have the opportunity to contribute funds on behalf of Amazon and Home Depot by enrolling in our corporate partnership programs and shopping as you normally would – there is no additional cost to you!
Donations allow us to continue to grow and provide more (and larger) scholarships in future years. Beside the satisfaction that comes with helping to launch outstanding young people in their HVAC careers when you make a donation, you also recieve tax deductions and gain recognition for your participation. We provide recognition on our Foundation websites (egiafoundation.org and alwaysindemand.com), the Foundation Focus, and other marketing and promotional materials.
Ways to Give
A gift of $2500 funds an individual scholarship, $50,000 provides a yearly endowment, and any amount helps toward our goal. Please consider a gift to the EGIA Foundation Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your support!