Founders' Scholarship Recipients

Natural Refrigeration Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Natural Refrigeration Foundation has awarded 6 new recipients of its Founders Scholarship.  

The 6 new award recipients were drawn from a pool of the largest number of excellent candidate applications in the Foundation’s history. These engineering students are receiving grants from the Foundation to pursue engineering degrees.   

New Juniors
  • Nicholas Keifer - Virginia Tech
  • Katelyn Rapp - Montana Technological University
  • Leah Rietz - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cole Trautman - Cal Poly-SLO 
Returning Juniors
  • Ghazal Pourvash - Texas A&M University
  • Mackenzie Peck - University of Florida
New Seniors
  • Lily Chen - MIT
  • Erin Moss - Cal Poly-SLO

Returning Seniors
  • Kyle Brooks - Purdue University
  • Zachary Laser - University of Tennessee
  • Trey Saltzman - Texas Tech University
  • Jordyn Vanevenhoven - University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Comments from Previous Scholarship Winners

"I am grateful to the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation and IIAR for this scholarship. It has allowed me to continue my pursuit of a career in refrigeration and is an important experience in my career development. I very much look forward to being part of the solution to global challenges such as the rising demand for energy, global warming, and ozone layer depletion.”
 - Charleson Asibor, University of Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria)

"It’s an honor to receive the ARF Founders’ Scholarship. Refrigeration is an essential industry and is applicable in nearly every structure being built. And ammonia refrigeration, in particular, is well-poised to have a significant impact as consumers continue to embrace a culture of sustainability. As someone who thinks it’s important that the technologies we employ be safe, efficient, and sustainable, I’m excited to be starting my career in this area.”
- Parker Bagshaw, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

The growing interest in education and the increased number of student applicants across the country has placed a new focus on the Founders Scholarship program. In response to this growing demand and membership contributions, the Foundation Board of Directors has once again voted to increase the funding for scholarships. In addition, ARF is thrilled to recognize a generous educational grant from The Kahlert Foundation. These funds will allow ARF to provide support for additional students who are eyeing careers in refrigeration, mechanical engineering, and/or fluid dynamics.

Interest in the Founders Scholarship program has steadily grown and now covers a broad geographical region of applicants extending from the United States to Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. This broad outreach to students demonstrates the program’s value in addressing the industry’s need for technically trained individuals and the opportunity to bring new engineering talent to the natural refrigeration industry.
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