(Malta, NY) March 30, 2017 - BPI would like to congratulate Anndra Jackson and Kanit Jacobs, the recipients of the 2017 Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship. The two recipients have shown that they meet all of the necessary prerequisites, work with a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and have a passion for residential energy efficiency and safety.

Anndra Jackson is receiving the scholarship for the BPI Quality Control Inspector designation. Ms. Jackson lives in Tennessee and works with the Metro Development Housing Authority and Community Services Agency programs.

Kanit Jacobs is receiving the scholarship for the BPI Energy Auditor designation. Mr. Jacobs lives in North Carolina and works with the North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program.

BPI developed the Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship to honor Jon Siemen, who passed away in 2015. Throughout his career, Jon was involved in various Weatherization Assistance Programs and was passionate about helping people through his work.

Jon began working at the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) in 2009, where he filled the roles of Field Representative and Technical Relations Representative. He was a beloved member of the BPI staff and contributed to the company and the industry in many ways, including administering BPI exams, helping in the development of standards and certifications, performing quality assurance reviews, and answering technical questions presented by contractors, candidates, and proctors. 

The Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship allows each scholarship recipient to take one online and one field exam (as an attempt towards certification) at no cost. BPI also helps recipients obtain free or reduced cost training, if needed.