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IAPMO Scholarship Essay Competition

Following up on the repeated success of last year’s second-annual competition, 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 five young people affiliated with IAPMO and many of its industry partners.

Participants in this year’s contest will submit essays expressing their thoughts on "What role can the plumbing industry play in protecting our water for future generations?" 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, the topic chosen by the IAPMO Board of Directors succinctly reflects IAPMO’s 86-year-old mission.

"As populations grow across the globe, the finite amount of fresh water available for the sustenance of life upon our planet stretches thinner and thinner, as well as introducing increased opportunities for supplies to become fouled by the encroachment of humankind," said IAPMO President Dan Daniels. "We anxiously await the thoughts of our bright young generation on how the plumbing industry can help put these concerns to rest."

The competition is open to members — and their children — of IAPMO, the UA, ASPE, PHCC, MCAA, and ASSE who are currently enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program.

Submitted essays must be completely original and a minimum of 1,000 words. The essay entry deadline is June 1, 2012, via e-mail, fax or mail to IAPMO World Headquarters. The winning essay will be announced in September at the 2012 IAPMO Education and Business Conference in Hollywood, Fla. The essay awarded first prize will be published in the award-winning OFFICIAL magazine and on the IAPMO Website and its author will receive a $500 scholarship and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. Second place winner will receive a $250 scholarship and three third-place winners will each receive a $100 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 gaby.davis@iapmo.org; by fax at (909) 472-4222; or by standard mail to her attention at IAPMO, 4755 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761

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