Plainfield, IN — The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has granted the first annual Ashley H. Eldridge Scholarship to Christopher Simmonds of Fall Creek, Oregon. The scholarship will cover the registration fees for both the National Chimney Sweep Training School and the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep exam.

“We are honored as an organization to be in a position where we can offer assistance to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend our training school”, said CSIA President, Chuck Hall. “It’s a great testament to our chimney sweep community that a majority of our scholarship funding comes from donations made by individuals and businesses who credit some of their success to what they have gained from CSIA.”

The scholarship is named in honor of Ashley Eldridge, who has served for nearly twenty-five years as the Director of Education for both the Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Chimney Sweep Guild. Mr. Eldridge’s impact on the chimney and venting industry cannot be overstated. Ashley H. Eldridge Scholarship recipients are chosen by the CSIA Scholarship Committee based on multiple criteria, including demonstration of need, desire to learn, and entrepreneurship.

About the Chimney Safety Institute of America
The Chimney Safety Institute of America has been the industry leader in chimney and dryer vent maintenance education since 1983. A nonprofit organization run by a volunteer board of directors, CSIA is dedicated to the education, training and certification of chimney and industry related professionals, and to educating the public about the dangers of chimney fires and other problems related to the maintenance and performance of chimney and venting systems. Nationally-recognized credentials offered by CSIA include the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, and CSIA Master Chimney Sweep.

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