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Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
The Pool & Spa Show Codes & Regs Buyers & Owners

Investing in Our Industry and the Next Generation

Our association provides scholarships for both industry professionals as well as college students in the region.

NESPA believes that ongoing education is the key to continuing to build your business and your employee's expertise.  In some cases, certifications or licensing may be required to operate lawfully in certain locations.

  • Anthony Rizzo Scholarship 

    Through NESPA's Professional Training Institute, we offer a variety of educational programs year-round designed to help you meet the challenging needs of our industry.  The Anthony Rizzo Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to help you and your employees participate in these programs.  
  • H.J. Duke Ellington Memorial College Scholarship

    NESPA also believes it's important to promote, recognize and honor the good deeds of students within our region. The H.J. "Duke" Ellington Memorial Scholarship rewards students who selflessly perform acts of service for the good of others.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Awardees!  Learn more about our H.J. Duke Ellington Scholarship Winners here.

Scholarship Programs

Anthony Rizzo Scholarship Program

The purpose of this program is to enable individuals to take advantage of the education programs offered by NESPA's Professional Training Institute and to assist members in reaching a higher level of professional performance. Scholarships will be awarded for any Region PTI classes. Scholarships can include the cost for any manuals or books required for class.  Awards will continue to be given until allocated funds for the year are exhausted.  

Click here to learn more about the program's procedures and criteria and to apply for consideration.

The H.J. "Duke" Ellington Memorial Scholarship

Since 1985, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association has honored the memory of Harold J. "Duke" Ellington's love and devotion to the swimming pool industry by rewarding students who selflessly perform acts of service for the good of others.

This scholarship award is open to all students who permanently reside within the NESPA region area.  (The NESPA region consists of CT, NJ, LI, Eastern NY & Eastern PA).  This includes, but not limited to, children of owners and employees of all NESPA firms.  The award is presented annually to a graduation high school senior (with verified college acceptance) or to a matriculated college student whose permanent residence is within the NESPA territory.

In order to be considered for the award, the individual must be nominated by an owner or employee of an NESPA member firm.  The primary consideration for the award is the performance of "good deeds," or community service.  Scholastic achievement and financial need are also considered.  Questions regarding the specific territory should be directed to NESPA at 609-689-9111.


Congratulations to the 2017 Awardees!  Learn more about our H.J. Duke Ellington Scholarship Winners here.

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