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

March 26, 2013
Monica Cardenas, Director, Communications
Direct: 703.600.0377

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), 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.

About the Rees Scholarship Foundation
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, and water heating, or commercial refrigeration. Visit

About AHRI

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 310 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.