Rees Scholarship Program for HVACR Technicians Expands
AHRI Partners with SkillsUSA

January 14, 2022
Contact
Breana McKenney, AHRI
Direct: 703.600.4856

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $75,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

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 $45,000 to 24 students, including two military veterans, and eight SkillsUSA awardees 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."

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Lindola Gilbert, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Elijah Hernandez, Institute of Technology Modesto, Modesto, CA
Mohammad Farhead Jalali, Institute of Technology Modesto, Modesto, CA
Zhifang Liu, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Jose Moscosa, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Palmague Namboure, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Arthur Ramos, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Eduardo Rodriguez, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Andres Siguenza, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Likhit Sutchairak, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Carlos Viquez, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Mustafa Zafari, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Rutchanon Vongasavarit, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Elijah LaRue, Career and Technology Education Centers, Newark, OH
Jacob McArthur, Tulsa Tech Lemley Campus, Broken Arrow, OK
Juan Rodriguez, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Alsharif Bogar, Lincoln Technical School, New Britain, CT
William Key, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Carter Hanvey, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Kurt Wester, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Stephen Morrison, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Hector Delgado Duarte, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Cameron Palmer, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Angel Pereda, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Donald Ruth, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Veterans Program Recipients:
Joshua Parson, Bevill State Community College, Hamilton, AL
Robert Landerfin, San Joaquin Valley College - Temecula, Temecula, CA

2021 SkillsUSA Awardees:
Anthony Gomez
Boom Rollice
Jaxon Windsor
Lucas Ognissanti
Nathan Muezner
Nicholas Didier
Zachary Stone

Since its founding in 2003, the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 643 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

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

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 $83,000 to 44 students, 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.”

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
Alejandro Alvarez, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Samuel Alvarez, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Ryan Bentley, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, ME
Steven Bryant, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Simplice Raoul Buguieu Kom, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Kalum Cook, Bevill State Community College, Jasper, AL
Nicholas Cox, Easter Maine Community College, Bangor, ME
Stacy Curry, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
Angel Delatorre, Institute of Technology, Modesto, CA
Gabriel Denison, Lincoln Technical Institute New Britain, New Britain, CT
Eric Harris, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Jonah Hartman, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Wesley Henry, Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO
Mark Holley, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Jeffrey Holtzclaw, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Russell Hunt, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Robert Hunt, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Denard Jones, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
Tiffany Jusino, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Juan Lara, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Aneil Panjwani, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Angel Resto, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
Logan Sands, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Charles Santos, Renton Technical College, Renton, WA
Payton Silas, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Bryan Soto, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Alexander Spicer, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
Larry Starks, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Warren Stubbs, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Lee Taylor, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Greg Tubbs, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Ricardo Vega, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Paul Walton, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL
Cardea Wells, Northeast Technical Institute, Scarborough, ME
Ahmadjamal Williams, HVAC Technical Institute, Chicago, IL

SkillsUSA Program Recipients:
Tyler Agee, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA
Jadin Dasher, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Raleigh, NC
Josh Donaghy, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Seth Hellings, Charles Bohlen Technical Center, Watertown, NY
Thomas, Jones, Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD
Elijah Smart, Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX
Austin Watkins, Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie, McKenzie, TN
One anonymous student

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 643 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

Rees Scholarship Program for HVACR Technicians Expands
AHRI Partners with SkillsUSA

March 5, 2020
Contact
Adanna LeGendre, AHRI
Direct: 703.600.0363

Arlington, Va. —The Board of Directors of 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 a partnership with SkillsUSA, expanding the long-standing scholarship program designed for students pursuing a career in the HVACR and water heating industry. With more than 365,000 members nationwide, SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure a skilled American workforce.

“The Rees Scholarship Program exists to ensure that qualified, knowledgeable technicians are available to support the industry,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “Our partners at SkillsUSA share the same interest in supporting a skilled technical workforce, and we are honored that we can now offer even more scholarships to deserving students, thanks to this new partnership.”

“SkillsUSA is thrilled to partner with AHRI and the Rees Scholarship Foundation to support building a pipeline of students who are continuing their education toward meaningful and lucrative careers in the HVACR industry,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “This scholarship will benefit students, their schools, and future employers, and reinforces the value of SkillsUSA membership in creating new opportunities for students.”

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation SkillsUSA Scholarship will include eight one-time, merit-based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA students pursuing postsecondary career training in the HVACR industry, beginning this spring. Details on donating to the Rees Scholarship are available at www.ReesScholarship.org. The Foundation provides special recognition to donors at a variety of giving levels.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $85,500 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians

January 7, 2020
Contact
Monica Cardenas, AHRI
Direct: 703.600.0388
Contact: Deb Weiner, ACCA
Direct: 703.824.8862

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 $85,500 to 49 students, including seven 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:
Justin Adams
, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
Simon Adkins, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, AL
Kristopher Aguero, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Ethan Arnold, InterCoast College, Fairfield, CA
Alonso Avila, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Gaspar Baltazar, Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL
Christopher Bearden, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Chance Beasley, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK
Travis Bolton, Institute of Technology, Redding, CA
Gabriel Cristee, Vista college, Fort Smith, AR
Casey Dallas, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
Michelle Deckard, Front Range Community College, Loveland, CO
Lukas Ferguson, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, AL
Matthew Ferren, Front Range Community College, Loveland, CO
Jared Frost, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Israel Galicia, Lone Star College, Houston, TX
Davion Gilbert, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Benjamin Grubb, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME
Nar Guragai, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA
Kailey Hardy, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
Matthew Jacobs, Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC
Darryl Johnson, Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL
Henry Kuhfeldt, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
Jacob Lett, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Jose Luna, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA
Moisses Macaraeg, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Cory McLiechey, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Christian Morano, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
George News, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome, GA
Arnaud Niyonkuru, Southern Maine Community college, South Portland, ME
Jessica Otto, Lone Star College, Houston, TX
Jesse Owens, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Sorin Popa, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
James Reid, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL
Phillip Relos, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA
Bruno Santos, Vista College, Fort Smith, AR
Anthony Thompson, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Michael Tibbitts, Great Oaks Career Campuses- Diamond Oaks, Cincinnati, OH
Johnathan Zajac, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Isaiah Zendejas, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Zhijun Zhang, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Isidro Zuniga, Jr, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Veterans Program Recipients:
Donavon Clark
, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
Paulo Hinton, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Ryan Hoffman, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Derek McElhiney, Texarkana College, Texarkana, TX
Corey Peltier, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Daniel Pinto, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA
Charles Redmond, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $930,000 in scholarships to more than 500 deserving students and instructors. For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.

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.