About the ASHRAE Foundation

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has more than a century of experience advancing the arts and sciences of HVAC&R and related human factors to serve the needs of its members and population at large.

In 1994, a dedicated group of long-time ASHRAE members created the ASHRAE Foundation to support and advance the needs of the HVAC&R industry. The ASHRAE Foundation is an endowed trust that provides funding for professional development and research programs, supplies qualified engineering students with much needed scholarship assistance, and ensures that ASHRAE will continue to have sufficient resources to sustain and expand the Society's vital work.

The creation of the ASHRAE Foundation was in response to a valid need for increased funding for ASHRAE programs and projects. A solid proponent of education, the Foundation recognizes and accepts the challenge to provide the financial support necessary to offer tailored educational programming to ensure HVAC&R professionals are prepared today for tomorrow's challenges.

"It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet."

-David Elton Trueblood

Presidents Scholarship

Dear ASHRAE Colleague,

Have you ever thought about the level of dedication required and sacrifices made by ASHRAE members who work through the ranks to become ASHRAE President?

Simply stated, it is no small feat. Each and every ASHRAE President has made significant contributions of time, talent and resources and all have left a unique permanent mark on the direction, history and success of ASHRAE. In recognition of the legacy set forth by all of our exceptional Presidential Members, the ASHRAE Foundation Trustees, the ASHRAE Scholarship Trustees and the ASHRAE Board of Directors recently approved the creation of the ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship.

This scholarship was created to further the legacy of the Society's Presidential Members. It will significantly impact the lives of undergraduate engineering students whose primary academic interests align with the mission of ASHRAE: advancing HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Our vision is that these recipients will become ASHRAE's future leaders and potentially become Presidential Members.

With a minimum $200,000 endowment, the ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship will have a lasting impact on the industry. Our goal is to award $10,000 over two years to each recipient, ranking this among the largest and most prestigious scholarships offered by ASHRAE!  

With your generosity and commitment to our industry's future we can make this scholarship a reality. Please consider encouraging your friends to contribute as well to help us quickly reach our goal.

I sincerely hope you will join us as we honor the legacy of our Presidential Members by helping us to establish this scholarship. If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so by going online at



T. Randall Jones
ASHRAE Development Chair


Jeff Littleton
ASHRAE Executive Vice President

Presidents' Photo





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