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New scholarship honours ASHRAE’s first female president

August 27, 2012 - ASHRAE, a building technology society with a focus on energy efficiency, building systems and refrigeration, has created a scholarship in memory of its first female president for the 2013-14 school year.

August 27, 2012  By  Alyssa Dalton

The one-year $5,000 Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship will be awarded to a select female undergraduate engineering student pursuing a degree in a field related to HVAC&R. The deadline for this year’s scholarship is December 1, 2012.

Bellenger served as ASHRAE president during 2010-11 and remains the society’s first female president in its 116-year history.

“She was a recognized expert in energy management, with a strong focus on the need for energy modelling to help create and refine more efficient buildings,” said ASHRAE.

“Lynn was a role model for us all, and her dedication to energy modelling helped to promote a more sustainable world,” added current ASHRAE president Tom Watson. “Through this scholarship we hope to build upon her legacy by encouraging students to pursue excellence in the field of engineering, just as she did.”


During her time as president, Bellenger promoted sustainable design, which according to her, “ignited a passion in people that is changing the world.” The first ASHRAE Energy Modelling Conference was also held during her presidency.

Bellenger passed away in 2011. Contributions to help fund the scholarship are being accepted at

Any female undergraduate engineering student can apply for the scholarship as long as her school meets the following criteria:
• the institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE student branch.
• the program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the USA or an equivalent agency outside the USA that is part of the Washington Accord or has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ABET.

CLICK HERE for more information on the scholarship and how to apply.

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