Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $83,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, announced scholarship awards totaling $83,000 to 44 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

“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,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry.”

“Workforce development is a major priority for ACCA, and we’re pleased to work with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to help recruit financial support for deserving individuals,” said Barton James, ACCA president and CEO. “It is our responsibility as an industry to continue to support and encourage careers in the skilled trades, and it starts with training and education.”

The HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program recipients are:

Alejandro Alvarez, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas
Samuel Alvarez, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Ryan Bentley, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, Maine
Steven Bryant, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Simplice Raoul Buguieu Kom, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Kalum Cook, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, Ala.
Nicholas Cox, Easter Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine
Stacy Curry, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio
Angel Delatorre, Institute of Technology, Modesto, Calif.
Gabriel Denison, Lincoln Technical Institute New Britain, New Britain, Conn.
Eric Harris, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Jonah Hartman, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
Wesley Henry, Front Range Community College, Westminster, Colo.
Mark Holley, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Ala.
Jeffrey Holtzclaw, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas
Russell Hunt, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Robert Hunt, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas
Denard Jones, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md.
Tiffany Jusino, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ohio
Juan Lara, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Aneil Panjwani, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Ala.
Angel Resto, Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y.
Logan Sands, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
Charles Santos, Renton Technical College, Renton, Wash.
Payton Silas, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Ala.
Bryan Soto, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Alexander Spicer, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Larry Starks, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Warren Stubbs, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Lee Taylor, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Ala.
Nicholas Telemchuk, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Okla.
Greg Tubbs, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Ala.
Ricardo Vega, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Paul Walton, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Carea Wells, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, Maine
Ahmadjamal Williams, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, Ill.

The SkillsUSA Program recipients are:

Tyler Agee, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Va.
Jadin Dasher, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Raleigh, N.C.
Josh Donaghy, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.
Seth Hellings, Charles Bohlen Technical Center, Watertown, N.Y.
Thomas Jones, Frederick Community College, Frederick, Md.
Elijah Smart, Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas
Austin Watkins, Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie, McKenzie, Tenn.
One anonymous student