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2014 IAPMO Scholarship Essay Competition

"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 affiliated with IAPMO and many of its industry partners.

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 the line between energy usage and the heating/delivery of water becomes increasingly clear, the opportunities for the plumbing and mechanical industry to play a vital role in the water/energy nexus are becoming abundant. This topic chosen by the IAPMO Board of Directors provides ample room for exploration and solution finding by competition participants.

"Water and energy are tied more closely together than we often realize," said IAPMO President Gary Hile. "The more we discover and examine those crossover areas, the better chance our industry can be on the leading edge of revolutionary change."

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. Students must provide a copy of their full time class schedule to confirm eligibility.

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 submit their essay 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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