CANTON – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students were recently awarded prestigious scholarships, including one national scholarship that will virtually cover all of a Potsdam native’s spring semester costs.
For the second year in a row, Benjamin D. LaRose has received an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Scholarship.
LaRose applied for the competitive $3,000 national scholarship earlier this semester by turning in a written essay and several letters of recommendation. He and three of his classmates were awarded scholarships for their Air Conditioning Engineering Technology education at a recent ASHRAE conference.
“This scholarship pretty much covers my semester here at SUNY Canton,” LaRose said. “I really appreciate the support of the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE. This makes a big difference in both my education and my classmates’ educations.”
Other ASHRAE scholarship recipients include:
- Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Brossoit is working toward his second degree at SUNY Canton, having previously earned an associate degree in 2003.
- Brandon S. Baxter of Syracuse also received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Baxter is in his first year of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program, and was the 2008 recipient of the Baldwinsville class of 1957 scholarship that almost completely covers his two-year education at SUNY Canton. His scholarship was partially created by college benefactor Joel M. Canino.
- Andrew J. LaFlair of Lisbon received a $750 Harry King scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Benoit’s scholarship is named for SUNY Canton’s own Professor Emeritus and Innovative Air Conditioning Engineering leader. The Air Conditioning laboratory is also named in honor of King.
Several of the scholarship recipients mentioned that they were attracted to the program for its extremely high job placement. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s graduates are hired immediately upon graduation.
The Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program is one of the most widely respected programs in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Successful SUNY Canton alumni including longstanding college supporters Canino, John Halford, Ronald Woodcock, and Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut, all graduated from the program.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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