Applications Now Being Accepted for BPI's Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship
The Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship has been developed to honor the life, memory, and work of Jon Siemen, who passed away in March 2015. Jon started his career in weatherization in the late 1970s, when he began working at Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (BROC). Around 1993/1994, Jon and his brother started an air sealing service that they ran for a few years. In 1996, Jon joined the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) and oversaw their field office, located in Middlebury, VT. In 2001, he left CVOEO and became a weatherization director for a succession of NYS weatherization programs, for Washington, Warren, and Hamilton Counties.
Jon began working at the Building Performance Institute (BPI) in 2009. While with BPI, he filled the roles of Field Representative and Technical Relations Representative. Over the years, Jon was involved in administering BPI exams, contributing to standards and certification development, performing quality assurance reviews, and answering technical questions presented by contractors, candidates, and proctors.
The Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship is intended to help individuals in the industry who are working to make a difference in the comfort, health, safety, and energy efficiency of our homes. Jon had a passion for weatherization and helping others. In turn, this scholarship program can help others who have a passion for weatherization.
BPI awards this scholarship to four recipients annually. Recipients of the scholarship will be able to take the online and field exams that are applicable for the certification designation indicated on the application, at no cost. BPI will also work with each recipient to help them obtain training for that certification at reduced or no cost.
Applications for the 2018 Scholarship are due November 30th.
Who can apply? Applicants:
- Must work with a weatherization program
- Must use the scholarship to obtain a new certification
- Cannot use the scholarship for recertification or for obtaining a certification that has expired
- If applying for a Home Energy Professional (HEP) certification or the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification, must meet the specific prerequisites for each
- Must not have received the Siemen Scholarship in the past
If interested, you can download the application here.
Please contact SiemenScholarship@bpi.org with any questions.
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