James A. Rider (D)

This scholarship was established by Mr. James A. Rider, founder of Thermo Industries, Inc. in Raleigh, NC for the benefit of dependent children of Thermo Industries employees. The award benefits the dependents of authorized Carrier/Bryant dealer employees in North Carolina and South Carolina.

*Provide proof of parent’s employment

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Must maintain full time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Remain in an undergraduate program pursuing first undergraduate degree
    *Maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress


  • Receipt of a major university award may impact eligibility for this award
  • Total financial aid, including this scholarship and any “outside” awards, may not exceed the cost of attendance
  • Recipients meeting the requirements listed above are given priority consideration for funding for the next academic year

Supplemental Questions
  1. Is at least one of your parents an active employee of an authorized Carrier/Bryant dealer?
  2. Please download the Rider employment verification form for your parent's HR representative to complete. Once completed, please upload it back to this application.
  3. Please upload documentation showing that the employer is an authorized Carrier/Bryant dealer. The phrase "Authorized Carrier/Bryant dealer" must appear on the document.