Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship

This scholarship is generously funded by Blauch Brothers Mechanical Contractors of Harrisonburg, VirginiaThe scholarship is to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, or math interests.

Recipients of the Blauch Brothers STEM Scholarship will receive up to $3,000 per year off of the regular high school tuition rate.

Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Rising 9th-12th grade students. The award follows a student through graduation. For example, if a student is awarded their scholarship for their sophomore year, if they maintain requirements, they would also receive the award their junior and senior years.
  • Students are encouraged to have 3.0 grade point average at the time of application and maintain the 3.0 grade point average throughout their scholarship.
  • Families must qualify for financial aid through the FACTS application process. The application opens on February 1.
  • Preference will be given to students with STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) interests or vocational training interests. Recipients must take 6-10 STEM courses throughout their scholarship. 

To be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Apply to EMS and apply for FACTS tuition assistance.
  2. Student will plan and carry out a STEM-related project as part of your application. You may submit work that includes science and math components, engineering, or technology including programming, hacking, coding, or hardware elements. Your project can be something you plan to accomplish, a work-in-progress, or something you have recently finished.
  3. Student will schedule a time to share about the project! You will present your project during a video call. Plan to describe your idea, materials used, and steps taken to create it. Share any challenges you faced and how you solved any problems you encountered.  If your project is unfinished, tell us how you plan to complete it. Contact Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor, at 540-236-6021 or to schedule your STEM presentation.
Deadline for the Blauch Brothers STEM application is April 15. One or more recipients of this scholarship will be chosen. Recipients will be notified starting May 1.

*Scholarship recipients must qualify for FACTS tuition assistance. Scholarship discount will be applied after tuition assistance is calculated. 


Blauch Brothers, Inc. is a comprehensive mechanical contracting company that's locally owned and serves west central Virginia. James W. Blauch, Sr. founded the business in 1954 with a dedication to commitment, dependability, trust, and excellence. Second-generation owner, James W. Blauch, Jr. (EMS class of '78) continues operating the business based on the values and Christian principles passed down by the founder. Sons Matthew '10 and Christopher '12, are also part of the award-winning safety program that provides quality services in Harrisonburg and surrounding communities. EMS is proud to partner with them on this scholarship.