August 15, 2019
Contact: Monica Cardenas, Senior Director, Communications
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.
The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future HVACR and water heating technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students enrolled in an institutionally accredited school. Eligible students must be preparing for a career in either residential or light commercial air conditioning, heating, or water heating, or commercial refrigeration.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Its member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation.