OESP Accepting Applications for Dave Nelsen Scholarships


Applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarships are being accepted through March 12, OESP announced.

The association seeks sponsors willing to donate $2,500 to recipients; OESP provides matching funds for three to six annual scholarships of $5,000 each.

A technician’s scholarship is also available for a maximum of $2,000. Applications for the award for technicians are being accepted on a rolling basis.

OESP’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to provide scholarships to students interested in pursuing their careers in the energy service industry and has presented more than $300,000 in awards.

Scholarship candidates are asked to write a 500-word essay, highlighting how their educational background has prepared them for career success. Applicants are also asked to share their career goals for the next five to 10 years.


In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria.

You must apply for the scholarship at least two weeks before the start of the class.

You must have sponsorship by a local OESP chapter.

You must have been working as a technician for a minimum of one year in the field of HVAC, propane or oil.

You must be working at a company with a membership in OESP.

You must present a detailed explanation of the class you wish to take and the benefits to you of the class, in your own words. Please include a separate sheet with this explanation.

You may apply up to two times, to receive a maximum of $2,000.

Classes that may qualify:

A licensing fee does not qualify for reimbursement, but the courses to achieve the license do qualify.

Manufacturer training may qualify, please present for evaluation.

NORA education either onsite at a NORA location or at the EEE will qualify. The NORA exam fees do not qualify.

Certifications (present for evaluation)

Applicants, visit https://thinkoesp.org/index.php/scholarships for complete eligibility requirements and to download an application. If you have questions, call 888-552-0900 or email lstrug@thinkoesp.org.


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