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), announced it has awarded $17,500 in scholarship funds to 10 students studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industries.

“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,” said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of AHRI. “We wish them success in their educational pursuits and careers.”

The HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program recipients were: Robert Colburn, Brandon Harris, Cameron Harris, Kenneth Humber, William McDonald, Landon Short, and Micah Woodward, Bevill State Community College – Sumiton Campus, Sumiton, Alabama; Evelyn Zavala, Montgomery College – Rockville Campus, Rockville, Maryland; and Ryan Pullam, Ranken Technical College, St. Louis.

Robert Haggard, Black Hawk Tech, Janesville, Wisconsin, received the Veterans Program Award.

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded more than $330,000 in scholarships to 195 students and instructors. 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, water heating, or commercial refrigeration.

Publication date: 4/27/2015 

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