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Carrier, Bryant Announce Scholarship Winners

July 29, 2022
The program attracted 119 applicants employed by Carrier and Bryant distributors and contractors in 27 states.

INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2022 – Carrier and Bryant have announced the recipients of this year’s Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation scholarships. Recipients will receive funding for their post-secondary or vocational program during the 2022-2023 school year. 

Established in 1981, the Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation was created to commemorate the late William A. Blees for his many years of service as an advisor to Carrier and Bryant distributors. Since inception, the foundation has awarded scholarships to over 400 students. Today, the foundation continues to serve the children, grandchildren and employees of distributors and contractors while also honoring the industry’s founder, Willis Carrier.

Willis Carrier attended Cornell University on a full, four-year merit scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, became a successful inventor and businessperson, and, in 1902, invented the founding principles of modern air conditioning. Willis Carrier was a consummate scientist and an educator who attended college on scholarship, just as our recipients will in his honor.

“The Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation scholarships are a special way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our contractors and distributors for their expertise and support,” said Justin Keppy, President, NA Residential & Light Commercial HVAC, Carrier. “This year’s outstanding scholarship recipients embody all of the values and characteristics we look for in future leaders, and we’re proud to support their educational endeavors just as Willis Carrier was supported in his.”    

Scholarships from the foundation are available to children, grandchildren and employees of Carrier and Bryant distributors and contractors and their employees throughout the U.S. Students are awarded the scholarship based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal motivation. A short essay about the candidates’ educational and career aspirations is required during the application process. There were 119 total applicants from 27 states for this year’s scholarships.

2022 Carrier & Bryant Distributors’ Education Foundation scholarship recipients:

Jordan Acuna, San Marcos, Calif.
Jacob Baker, Monroe, NC
Joshua Bedwell, Chanlder, NC
Hallei Bittlinger, Hebron, KY
Yvette Castaneda, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Lillian Cleaves, Lima, Ohio
Audry DeSantis, Springfield, Ohio
Domiy DiTomasso, Hahira, Ga.
Mary Drinkard, Rome, Ga.
Gary Faulks, Stamford, TX
Eva Griffin, Springfield, IL
Derek Helsten, New London, WI
Mary Kulis, Kent, OH
Anne Leaman, Willow Street, PA
Addyson Lingafelter, Griffin, IN
Shayna Lloyd, Eden, NC
Camden Meadows, Cartersville, GA
Josiah Paul, Stoutsville, OH
Rachel Rawlings, Chillicothe, OH
Myora Slaughter, Blue Springs, MO
Rachel Strausman, Moorpark, CA
Cheyanne Wandrey, Boone, IA