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Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $62,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

September 19, 2019
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — The Rees Scholarship Foundation(Rees), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of AHRI, recently awarded $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. Rees supports workforce development by awarding scholarships to qualified students enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited school.

The future is bright for Rees Scholarship recipients. Emily Gavrilenko of California Polytechnic State University aspires to design environmentally friendly building systems with a net zero impact on the planet. Rene Avendano Jr. of South Texas College would like to start his own HVACR business with an apprenticeship program geared towards veterans. Lisa Bragg of Des Moines Community College would like to pursue a master's degree and open her own business. Justin Vazquez of Johnston Community College said, "HVACR is in my future, because ever since doing my first duct job with my step-father at the age of 13, I have had a profound interest in the trade.”

Since Rees was founded in 2003, more than $850,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 500 deserving students and instructors. AHRI encourages members to support our workforce development efforts by donating here.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $62,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

August 15, 2019
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to these aspiring technicians, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Supporting workforce development and employee retention programs are ACCA's highest priorities and we're pleased to work with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to help contractors recruit and retain skilled workers," said ACCA President and CEO Barton James. "These scholarship awards also support ACCA's work with President Trump and his pledge to America's workers, which is focused on providing educational opportunities to develop a strong workforce. Congratulations to these very deserving young men and women, we look forward to you advancing in our industry and becoming tomorrow's leaders."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Adam Tarnowski, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Aiden Chestnut, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Anthony Mahar, Vista College, Fort Smith, AR
Austin Reynolds, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Bart Clement, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL
Charles Sweet, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
Christopher Biringer, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Christopher Joseph, Milliken, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Colby Buntin, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Collin Engler, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Bowling Green, KY
Emily Gavrilenko, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Henry Grills, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Harlan, KY
Jamie Lee, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
Jonnell Bailey, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Jorge Kanlilar, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Joshua Yadon, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Joshua Kelsey, Monroe Community College - Applied Technologies Center, Rochester, NY
Justin Vazquez, Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC
Lisa Gragg, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
Luke Brambley, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Matthew Mase, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA
Maurice Sears, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Meghan Bence, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK
Peter Bennett, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Philip Blaylock, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL
Rickey Gunby Jr., Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Robert Gardner, Sheridan Technical College, Hollywood, FL
Ruben Carreon, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Sean Fitzpatrick, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Tyler Fabish, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Tyler Andersen, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA

Veterans Program Recipients:
Alejandro Lopez, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA
Eric Larson, InterCoast College, Fairfield, CA
Rene Avendano, South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Steven Layer, Fortis College, Centerville, OH
Tommy Juarez, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships to more than 500 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $65,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

January 10, 2019
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish," said ACCA Interim President and CEO Barton James. "We are proud to partner with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to give these hard-working students and veterans scholarships to help them continue their education, which will develop into a strong workforce for our industry's future."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Justin Williams, Moore Norman Technology Center - Franklin Road Campus, Norman, OK
Brandon Girard, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, ME
William Macdonald, Northern Michigan Univeristy, Marquette, MI
Zachary Stewart, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Rocky Boshell, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Ricardo Orozco, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Chandler Ellis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Jessica Davis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Logan Guthrie, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Taylor Tadlock, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Eduardo Lopez, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Jeremy Templeton, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Mark Ruiz, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Colby Buntin, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Raul Bertoli Vega, CBT College - Hialeah Campus, Hialeah, FL
Osmany Garciga, CBT College - Flagler Campus, Miami, FL
Garrett Miller, Intercoast Colleges, Sacramento, CA
Mason Ellis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Chandler Sawyer, Bevill State Community College, Hamilton, AL
Alan Carroll, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
Alex Woody, Tulsa Tech - Lemley Memorial Campus, Tulsa, OK
Gregory Bush, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Justin Adams, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Ismel Rodriguez, CBT College - Hialeah Campus, Hialeah, FL
Elias Flores, Atlantic Technical College, Coconut Creek, FL
Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
Ronny Rodriguez, The Electrical Training Center Inc., Copiague, NY
Christian Morano, Pennsylvania College Of Technology, Wiliamsport, PA
Christian Castillo, Tyler Junior College West Campus, Tyler, TX
Lorenzo Luna, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Cheyenne Benge, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA
Jose Luna, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA
Joshua Taylor, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Andrew Bresnahan, Intercoast College, Rancho Cordova, CA

Veterans Program Recipients:
Cedric Washington, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Garrett Hamilton, San Joaquin Valley College - Temecula, Temecula, CA
Luis Zarabia, Intercoast College, Sacramento, CA
Jeremy Galindo, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Juan Villarreal, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to more than 400 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.




VAC Training Company Offers Matching Funds for Scholarships

April 24, 2018
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — In an effort to increase support for HVACR and water heating industry scholarships, Steve and Charlotte Howard announced they have offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, contributions of $1,000 or more to the Rees Scholarship Foundation, a partnership of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).

The Howards, co-owners of The ACT Group, Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona-based HVAC training and consulting company (nopressureselling.com) explained their generous gift by noting that the industry has provided much to them and they wish to pay it forward. "Our goal is to create awareness of the service technician shortage and to provide an incentive for contractors and distributors, as well as additional manufacturers, to help solve our most pressing problem" the couple explained.

The Howards' gift helps companies leverage their donations, effectively doubling the number of Rees scholarships and their impact on our future.

AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek expressed his appreciation for the Howards' generosity, saying,

"Generous gifts such as this help to spur interest in the Rees Scholarship program and renew excitement among manufacturers to help the next generation of technicians join our industry. We hope that the nature of the gift-matching challenge will encourage donors who can now have their gift doubled."

Paul Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO, said, "ACCA is grateful for the Howard family's generous support of the Rees Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation has provided financial support for nearly 500 talented men and women studying for rewarding careers in the HVAC industry. The generosity of the Howard family will allow the Foundation to further spread the legacy of Mr. Rees, whose mission was to promote competency and professionalism in the HVACR industry."

Companies are encouraged to leverage their donations by contributing online at www.reesscholarship.org.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $74,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

January 10, 2018
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish," said ACCA Interim President and CEO Barton James. "We are proud to partner with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to give these hard-working students and veterans scholarships to help them continue their education, which will develop into a strong workforce for our industry's future."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Justin Williams, Moore Norman Technology Center - Franklin Road Campus, Norman, OK
Brandon Girard, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, ME
William Macdonald, Northern Michigan Univeristy, Marquette, MI
Zachary Stewart, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Rocky Boshell, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Ricardo Orozco, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Chandler Ellis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Jessica Davis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Logan Guthrie, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Taylor Tadlock, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Eduardo Lopez, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Jeremy Templeton, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Mark Ruiz, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Colby Buntin, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Raul Bertoli Vega, CBT College - Hialeah Campus, Hialeah, FL
Osmany Garciga, CBT College - Flagler Campus, Miami, FL
Garrett Miller, Intercoast Colleges, Sacramento, CA
Mason Ellis, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Chandler Sawyer, Bevill State Community College, Hamilton, AL
Alan Carroll, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
Alex Woody, Tulsa Tech - Lemley Memorial Campus, Tulsa, OK
Gregory Bush, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Justin Adams, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Ismel Rodriguez, CBT College - Hialeah Campus, Hialeah, FL
Elias Flores, Atlantic Technical College, Coconut Creek, FL
Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
Ronny Rodriguez, The Electrical Training Center Inc., Copiague, NY
Christian Morano, Pennsylvania College Of Technology, Wiliamsport, PA
Christian Castillo, Tyler Junior College West Campus, Tyler, TX
Lorenzo Luna, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Cheyenne Benge, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA
Jose Luna, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA
Joshua Taylor, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Andrew Bresnahan, Intercoast College, Rancho Cordova, CA

Veterans Program Recipients:
Cedric Washington, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Garrett Hamilton, San Joaquin Valley College - Temecula, Temecula, CA
Luis Zarabia, Intercoast College, Sacramento, CA
Jeremy Galindo, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Juan Villarreal, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to more than 400 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $58,200 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians and SkillsUSA Championship Winners

August 29, 2017
Contact:
Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0388
Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $58,200 to 36 students, including two veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and hope to eventually welcome them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish," said ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht. "We are proud to partner with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to give these hard-working students and veterans scholarships to help them continue their education, which will develop into a strong workforce for our industry's future."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Chandler Accardo, ITI, (Baton Rouge, La.)
Jorge Angulo, Front Range Community College (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Cameo Banks, Front Range Community College (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Mehran Beheshti, Intercoast College (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
Duraunte Colly, Intercoast College (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
Eugene Crutcher, Moore Tech (Memphis, Tenn.)
Karin Dahlin, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Heath Dixon, Northwest Shoals Community College (Muscles Shoals, Ala.)
Timothy Dunegan, Green Country Technology Center (Okmulgee, Okla.)
John Gisonna, Penn College of Technology (Williamsport, Pa.)
Justin Heavner, MIAT College of Technology (Canton, Miss.)
Doug Ingersoll, Illinois Central College (East Peoria, Ill.)
Dylan Jackson, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Richard Karimi-Hosseini, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Kristen Kimmel, LoneStar College-North Harris (Houston, Texas)
Benjamin Mayfield, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Steve McDonald, Ivy Tech (Lafayette, Ind.)
Tristan Nairmore, Bevill State Community College (Hamilton, Ala.)
Samuel Ocampo Martinez, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Doug Olson, Des Moines Area Community College, (Ankeny, Iowa)
Alexander Pitts, Intercoast College (Fairfield, Calif.)
Adam Reynolds, InterCoast College (Sacramento, Calif.)
Austin Reynolds, Pennsylvania School of Technology (Williamsport, Pa.)
Domingo Rodriguez, Intercoast (Sacramento, Calif.)
Jamison Sholander, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Carmica Ussery, J.F Drake State Community and Technical (Huntsville, Ala.)
Andre Wilson, Galveston College Applied Technology Center (Galveston, Texas)
Daniel Wipf, DMACC (Ankeny, Iowa)

Veterans Program Recipients:
Christopher Oja, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Shilo Tharp, Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, Iowa)

SkillsUSA Program Recipients:
Michael Cain, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Blaine Feeler, State Technical College of Missouri (Linn, Mo.)
Raymond Leidinger, Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont, Texas)
Matthew Peterson, Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, Iowa)
Steven Steward, The Refrigeration School, (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Ethan Tucker, Red River Technology Center (Duncan, Okla.)

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to nearly 300 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $55,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

January 18, 2017 — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $55,000 to 35 students, including six veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and hope to eventually welcome them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish," said ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht.

"We are proud to partner with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to give these hard-working students and veterans scholarships to help them continue their education, which will develop into a strong workforce for our industry's future."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Leopoldo Avila, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Andrew Boeger, Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville, Wisc.)
Gabriel Botteselle, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Jacob Colby, Manchester Community College (Manchester, Conn.)
Dillon Daigle, Tulsa Technology (Tulsa, Okla.)
Adam Davis, Intercoast College (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
Joshua Enciso Trevino, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Johnnie Estes, Great Oaks - Diamond Oaks (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Michael Falcon, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Heather Gimble, College of the Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Steven Harlow, Triangle Tech (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Daniel Jackson, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Scott Johnson, Front Range Community College (Westminster, Colo.)
John Laucella, Fortis College (Norfolk, Va.)
John Leija, Vernon College (Vernon, Texas)
Ethan Lietz, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Leo Mooney, Moore Norman Technology Center (Norman, Okla.)
Michael Moore, Galveston College (Galveston, Texas)
Troy Morgan, Washburn Tech (Topeka, Kan.)
Noel Njoku, Prince George's Community College (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Nathan Pawley, OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, Okla.)
Michael Reyes Gomez, College of the Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Drew Miles Russell Scott, InterCoast College (Roseville, Calif.)
Joseph De Santiago, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford, Okla.)
David Savard, Washburn Tech (Topeka, Kan.)
Michael Sullivan, Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Alexander Thomas, Brownson Technical School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mary Volz, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (Morrilton, Ark.)

Veterans Program Recipients:
Junior Aristhilde, Sheridan Technical School (Hollywood, Fla.)
Jarred Gordon, Refrigeration School, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Herman Marques, Houston Community College (Houston, Texas)
Frank Moore, Kilgore College (Kilgore, Texas)
Kenneth Weeks, Fayetteville Technical College (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Arturo Zamudio, San Joaquin Valley College (Temecula, Calif.)
Since its founding in 2003, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships to 330 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

Contact: Misha Adams.




AHRI Promotes Rees Scholarship at Maryland Community College

August 11, 2016 — On August 4, AHRI Workforce Development Coordinator Misha Adams met with Program Director Tanya Anderson of the TeamBuilders Academy of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., to discuss the Rees Scholarship Program and tour the facility.

The TeamBuilders Academy was inspired by former council member Tony Knotts, who recognized a need for specialized training programs in his community. Since its inception, the academy has become PGCC’s Workforce Development Program, offering cohort-based accelerated adult career training in a number of tracks, including HVACR.

Students undergo 10-12 weeks of industry-specific training to prepare for entry-level employment, but many continue on to seek their journeyman’s license through an apprenticeship program at a local company. Students wishing to continue their education are eligible for scholarships to assist in funding their education, including the Rees Scholarship. Adams will return to PGCC once classes are in session to talk to academy program participants about applying for a Rees Scholarship as a way to fund their education in HVACR.

To donate or to obtain additional information, visit the Rees Scholarship Foundation website. Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $440,000 in scholarships to more than 250 deserving students.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $63,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

September 9, 2016 — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and hope to eventually welcome them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."

"Developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish," said ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht. "We are proud to partner with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to give these hard-working students and veterans scholarships to help them continue their education, which will develop into a strong workforce for our industry's future."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
José Manuel De Leon, South Texas College (McAllen, Texas)
Leonard Rhodes, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Jimmie Finch, Ozark Technical College (Springfield, Mo.)
Shakeel Ahmad, Intercoast College (Burbank, Calif.)
Jeremy McCollough, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Dustin Maune, State Technical College of Missouri (Linn, Mo.)
Jesus Galindo, Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, Texas)
Christopher Castro, Intercoast College (Burbank, Calif.)
Lal Liana, Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, Iowa)
Corey Justice, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Adam Franklin, Fort Myers Technical College (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Kyle Fowler, Northeast Community College (Norfolk, Neb.)
William Carswell, Intercoast College (Burbank, Calif.)
Steven Banker, Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas)
Timothy Kauffman, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, Va.)
Keyondra Shell, Delaware Technical High School (Georgetown, Del.)
Paul Edwards, Montgomery College (Rockville, Md.)
Wyatt Dates, SUNY Delhi (Delhi, N.Y.)
Crescenciano Toscano, Midwestern Technical Institute (Springfield, Ill.)
Menka Wonzon, Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, Iowa)
Garner Page Williams, Calhoun Community College (Tanner, Ala.)
Matthew Smith, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Cain Johanns, Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, Iowa)
Karter Kunze, Des Moines Area Community College (Des Moines, Iowa)
Chinoel Kendrick, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Clarkston, Ga.)
Deborrah Hatt, Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe, N.M.)
Tristian Jackson, Southern Union State Community College (Wadley, Ala.)
Martin Berry, Lincoln Tech (Lincoln, R.I.)
Kori Searcy, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Clarkston, Ga.)
Christine Matthews, Bevill State Community College (Sumiton, Ala.)
Alex Deputie, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Stanley Osborne, Gwinnett Technical College (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Veterans Program Recipients:
Ovadia Mizrahi, Sheridan Technical College (Hollywood, Fla.)
Gilbert Olivera, College of the Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Bradley Tanner, Green Country Technology Center (Okmulgee, Okla.)
Isaias Tristian, San Jacinto College (Pasadena, Texas)

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to nearly 300 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

Contact Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships to SkillsUSA Conference Winners

June 30, 2016 — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation announced scholarships for 56 students who competed at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in the HVACR category. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze level winners in the secondary and post-secondary categories qualified for $2,000, $1,000, and $750 scholarships, respectively. All other competitors received $500 scholarships. The Rees Scholarship and SkillsUSA partnership began last year and is designed to support students with an established interest in the industry to continue their studies. Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $440,000 in scholarships to more than 250 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here. Read the full press release here.

Contact Misha Adams.




AHRI Staff Learns Impact of Equipment Donation Program

February 25, 2016 — On February 22, AHRI Education Program Specialist Misha Adams visited the Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education of Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. During the visit, Adams met with former AHRI Director of Education and current Montgomery College Instructor Warren Lupson, who introduced her to faculty and staff within the Building and Construction Technology and HVACR apprenticeship programs. She also got to see how equipment donation provides students with hands-on learning opportunities and helps to ensure successful careers in HVACR. AHRI’s Equipment Donation Program facilitates the donation of manufacturer equipment that meets industry standards to schools and training facilities. In addition, Adams toured the school’s labs and classrooms and spoke to third-year HVACR apprenticeship students about the Rees Scholarship program.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Year in Review

December 3, 2015 — This year, the Rees Scholarship Foundation formed a partnership with NATE to provide free ICE exams to scholarship recipients, and began working with SkillsUSA to award scholarships to all finalists competing in the HVACR category. In addition, the Foundation had a record-setting fundraising campaign year and continues to receive a growing number of applications with each scholarship deadline. This momentum has also continued into the latter half of the year. Following the July application deadline, the Rees Foundation kicked off an initiative to increase its presence among media outlets and showcase the accomplishment of its awardees, as well as illustrate the breadth of impacted students. As a result of this outreach, Penn State News, Midwest Technical Institute Newsroom, and the Mississippi Sun Herald highlighted some award winners from July 2015.

Donations from AHRI members provide significant economic relief and aid in providing great opportunities for the future technicians of the industry. Click here to watch the new Rees Scholarship promotion video, featuring 2015 recipient Evelyn Zavala. To donate or to obtain additional information about donating, visit the Rees Scholarship Foundation website.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships to Future HVACR and Water Heating Technicians

September 3, 2015 — Last week, the Rees Scholarship Committee announced $44,500 in scholarships to 26 students, including one veteran, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The Rees Scholarship Foundation is pleased to help these hardworking and dedicated students as they begin their educational journey in the industry.

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships to more than 200 deserving students and instructors.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation and NATE Announce New Partnership

May 28, 2015 — In AHRI’s latest Video Update, Rees Program Specialist Misha Adams discusses the new partnership between the Rees Scholarship Foundation and North American Technical Excellence (NATE) to support new students studying to enter the HVACR and water heating industry. Through the new partnership, NATE will provide Rees Scholarship recipients with a free Industry Competency Exam (ICE), which measures industry-agreed standards of basic competency for entry-level (one year or less) technicians, and is an important certification for technicians to gain in their ongoing career development. It is a graduation requirement at more than 300 schools nationwide for students to complete at least one of these exams. This collaboration between Rees and NATE will help students pay their tuition while also encouraging them to take the critical next step toward becoming a certified technician.

Founded in 1997, NATE is the nation's largest non-profit certification organization for HVACR technicians. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE is the certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed, and supported by the entire HVACR and water heating industry. The Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $335,000 to 195 deserving students since 2003. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 each to qualified students who are enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution. Please consider a donation today.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships to Future HVACR and Water Heating Technicians

April 16, 2015 — Last week, the Rees Scholarship Committee announced $17,500 in scholarships to 10 students studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry. The Rees Scholarship Foundation is pleased to help these accomplished and deserving students, who are a shining example of the qualified, dedicated technicians the industry needs to fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $330,000 in scholarships to 195 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Surpasses Goal

February 12, 2015 — The Rees Scholarship Foundation recently surpassed its 2015 fundraising goal of $100,000 by collecting $110,375 in donations and pledges from AHRI members. AHRI is deeply grateful for our members’ investment in the future of the HVACR and water heating industry, and their commitment to improving the expertise of technicians that install and service air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and water heating equipment. These donations will allow the Foundation to provide more scholarships to deserving, eligible students enrolled in HVACR programs throughout the nation.

Even though the Foundation has reached its goal, please continue to donate to the program to help us reach more students. Also, for AHRI members, don’t forget that this year’s Chairman’s Challenge provides another great way to support the Rees Foundation through friendly competition.

Contact: Misha Adams.




Rees Foundation Distributes Scholarships to HVACR and Water Heating Students

October 23, 2014 — This week, the Rees Scholarship Committee awarded $32,900 in scholarships to 18 students. Scholarship recipients came from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but they all shared a common desire to improve their lives through a promising and rewarding career in the HVACR and water heating industry. The Rees Foundation is pleased to help these accomplished and deserving students begin their journey in the industry and wishes them success in their educational pursuits.

Prior to year-end, the committee will review 20 additional applications from the mid–October application deadline. So far, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded $65,400 to 39 applicants in 2014, and is on track to award an all-time high of $90,000 in total this year. Students interested in applying for a scholarship should plan for the upcoming January 15, 2015 submission deadline.

Contact: Misha Adams.




AHRI Presents on Workforce Development at NASEO Annual Meeting

September 11, 2014 — On September 10, AHRI Government Affairs Manager Mike O’Halloran delivered a presentation on workforce development efforts in the HVACR and water heating industry at the National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO) Annual Meeting in Savannah, Ga. The presentation emphasized AHRI’s work in recruiting and training skilled technicians for the industry, including AHRI’s efforts with the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, North American Technician Excellence, and the Rees Scholarship Foundation. A copy of the presentation is available here.

Contact: Mike O'Halloran.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Launches Social Media Pages

July 31, 2014 — Last week, the Rees Scholarship Foundation launched its Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow both pages for updates and information about upcoming deadlines and requirements. The Rees Scholarship Foundation is on track to award an all-time high of $90,000 in scholarships for 2014, and has awarded nearly $275,000 to more than 160 deserving students since 2003.

Contact: Misha Adams.




AHRI Hires Rees Program Specialist

June 9, 2014 — The Rees Scholarship

AHRI is implementing a strategic marketing plan, specifically for students, HVACR programs, and donors to increase student awareness, program involvement, and fundraising relationships. Additionally, the Rees website will feature a thorough FAQ to offer more guidance to applicants through the new, nearly 100% electronic application submittal process. These steps are the first of many to follow supporting Rees’ continued growth.

For all Rees related matters and/or inquiries, please contact Misha Adams.




AHRI Hosts 5K Fun Run

November 17, 2013 — More than 30 AHRI members, spouses, and staff awoke early at the start of the AHRI Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida, to brave high humidity and spitting rain for AHRI’s first 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Rees Scholarship Foundation. More than $750 was raised in the event, which was won by Morrison Carter, past AHRI Chairman and current president of Beckett Gas. Coming in second was AHRI General Counsel Dave Calabrese.

Contact: Monica Cardenas.




AHRI Member Company Recognizes Spring 2013 Rees Scholarship Recipients

June 12, 2013 — Spring 2013 Rees Scholarship recipients Daniel Gretschmann (Blackhawk Technical College) and Eric Johnson (Ferris State University) were recently recognized at Johnson Controls’ 2013 Energy Efficiency Forum. David Myers, President of Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls and a member of the Rees Board of Directors, noted the importance of a strong and competent HVACR technician workforce in solving the energy efficiency equation and the value of programs like the Rees Scholarship Foundation in attracting and retaining skilled individuals to the industry. Pictured from left: Eric Johnson, David Myers, Daniel Gretschmann, and AHRI Senior Manager, Certification, Marc Neufcourt.

Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Daily Journal Reports on Rees Scholarship Recipient

The Richmond Daily Journal recently reported on veteran Rees Scholarship recipient Louis Alexander. Read more here.




AHRI Hosts Veteran Rees Scholarship Recipient

May 24, 2013 — Rees scholarship recipient Louis Alexander, the first scholarship recipient under the new Veterans Program, attended the AHRI and Rees Scholarship Foundation Board Meetings on May 8, in Arlington, Va. During the meetings, he shared his future plans to join the HVACR industry as a technician, and then as a small business owner. He also stressed the importance of programs such as the Veterans Program in helping veterans who sometimes face financial hardship as they begin new careers and search for the stability they need to support their families. Mr. Alexander is currently enrolled in the HVACR Associate of Science program at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, N.C. The Foundation announced the Veterans Program and Instructors Program in November 2012, and has since awarded scholarships to three instructors and one veteran. Visit www.reesscholarship.org to learn more about scholarship recipients and the available programs, or to make a contribution.

Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




AHRI Hosts Veteran Rees Scholarship Recipient

May 23, 2013— Rees scholarship recipient Louis Alexander, the first scholarship recipient under the new Veterans Program, attended the AHRI and Rees Scholarship Foundation Board Meetings on May 8, in Arlington, Va. During the meetings, he shared his future plans to join the HVACR industry as a technician, and then as a small business owner. He also stressed the importance of programs such as the Veterans Program in helping veterans who sometimes face financial hardship as they begin new careers and search for the stability they need to support their families. Mr. Alexander is currently enrolled in the HVACR Associate of Science program at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, N.C. The Foundation announced the Veterans Program and Instructors Program in November 2012, and has since awarded scholarships to three instructors and one veteran. Visit www.reesscholarship.org to learn more about scholarship recipients and the available programs, or to make a contribution.

Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards Thirteen Students and Instructors

March 28, 2013— The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation recently awarded $20,500 in funding to ten students and three instructors to support their efforts in the HVACR and water heating industry. Of the ten students, Louis Alexander, who attends Richmond Community College, was the first scholarship recipient awarded as part of the Rees Returning Veterans Program. View the full recipient list here.

Since it was founded in 2003, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 121 deserving students and instructors. Learn more at www.reesscholarship.org.

Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




HVACR Students, Instructors, Receive $20,500 in Education Funding

March 26, 2013 —The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), today announced the recipients of $20,500 in scholarship funds to nine students studying the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVACR) and water heating trades, three instructors, and one student who applied via the new returning veterans program.

“Mr. Louis Alexander is the first scholarship recipient in our returning veterans program, and we are very proud to support him as he begins a new career in our industry,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “These students are a shining example of the qualified, dedicated HVACR and water heating technicians we need to fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced, and the instructors we need to support and educate them.”

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Richard Driesen, Perry Technical Institute
Daniel Gretschmann, Blackhawk Technical College
David Hall, Athens Technical College
Joshua Hall, Ferris State University
Chris Johnson, San Joaquin Valley College
Eric Johnson, Ferris State University
Ryan Johnson, Ferris State University
Jason Olson, Grand Rapids Community College
Chris Perez, Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Returning Veterans Program Recipient:
Louis Alexander, Richmond Community College

Instructors Program Recipients:
Floyd Azbell, Worcester Technical High School
Luther Knouse, SCI Rockview
Travis Snowden, Meridian Technology Center

Since it was founded in 2003, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 121 deserving students and instructors.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Year in Review

December 20, 2012 — The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation reported a successful year in 2012, which included launching a new website, implementing an online application process, visiting technical schools around the country, and raising more than $90,000. The Foundation awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships this year, and has a goal of awarding more than $50,000 in 2013. Visit www.reesscholarship.org to help support the next generation of industry technicians. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Year in Review

December 12, 2012 The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation reported a successful year in 2012, which included launching a new website, implementing an online application process, visiting technical schools around the country, and raising more than $90,000. The Foundation awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships this year, and has a goal of awarding more than $50,000 in 2013.

Visit www.reesscholarship.org to help support the next generation of industry technicians. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Rees Scholarship Foundation at the AHRI Annual Meeting

November 29, 2012 — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation awarded scholarships to four students studying at San Joaquin Valley College at AHRI’s Annual Meeting. AHRI Certification Manager Marc Neufcourt and CFO Stephanie Murphy presented scholarship checks to Jamie Dean Barela, Mario Cedano, Christopher Kirby, and Jeremy Miller.




AHRI Member Company Presents Rees Scholarship Foundation Check

September 20, 2012 — Keith Coursin, president of AHRI member company Desert Aire, presented a $2,000 Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation check to James Jagler, a student at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Desert Aire, a supporter of the Rees Scholarship Foundation, presented the check at its facility in Germantown, Wisconsin.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation recently awarded its 100th scholarship, and will give $20,000 in new scholarships this year. The Foundation was established in 2003 and has since awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarship funds to support students pursuing careers in the HVACR and water heating industry. For additional information on the foundation please visit its website. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards 100th Scholarship

August 23, 2012 — The Rees Scholarship Foundation, through its Review Committee, recently awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 12 deserving students, reaching the important milestone of 100 scholarships awarded since its inception in 2003. This achievement highlights both the importance of AHRI members’ contributions and their dedication to supporting a program that will have an impact on the industry for years to come.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to assisting with the education, recruitment, and competency of future HVACR and water heating technicians. By awarding scholarships to the brightest students enrolled in an accredited technical school or college, the Foundation helps the most talented candidates enter the HVACR and water heating industry, and supports AHRI members by enhancing industry expertise. To learn more about the Rees Scholarship Foundation and possibly support this important program, please visit www.reesscholarship.org. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




AHRI Promotes the Rees Scholarship Program

April 26, 2012 — As part of its efforts to promote the Rees Scholarship program and increase the number of applicants, AHRI staff visited Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, and Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga., on April 12, 2012. Staff toured the schools’ training facilities for HVACR and water heating education programs and met with administration leaders to discuss the goals and benefits of the Rees Scholarship and to establish promotional partnerships.

School visits are part of a broader effort to increase public awareness of the Rees Scholarship Foundation. For more information about the Rees Scholarship Foundation, please visit www.reesscholarship.org. Contact: Marc Neufcourt.




Rees Scholarship Foundation Launches New Website

February 9, 2012 — The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future HVACR and water heating technicians, recently launched a new website to assist with increasing fundraising and awareness of the scholarship program. The new website, www.reesscholarship.org, features an online donation tool, detailed information about the foundation, and information on accredited educational institutions. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization. Please send any feedback or recommendations on the new website to Marc Neufcourt.

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