Rees Scholarship Foundation Grants $60,500 to HVACR Veterans, Students

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The 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute or AHRI, the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation has announced it awarded $60,500 in scholarship funds to 35 students that include five veterans who are studying to become technicians in the water heating and HVACR industries.

Stephen Yurek, AHRI President, and CEO, “We are proud to help these qualified and dedicated students and promote careers in the HVACR and water heating industry, to help close the employment and skills gaps we currently face. We wish them success in their programs and look forward to welcoming them into the industry.”

Below is the list of the water heating and HVACR technician program recipients:

• Eddie Alejo, San Joaquin Valley College, Ontario, California
• Robert Brown, MIAT School of Technology, Township, Missouri
• Anthony Crosby, Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center, Choctaw, Oklahoma
• Rachel Duncan, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina
• Brady Dutton, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Alabama
• Carlos Farias, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
• Antonio Fluker, Midwest Technical Institute, Brownsburg, Indiana
• Karima Gibson, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, Maryland
• Edward Gilmore, Fortis Institute, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
• Evan Gleaves, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, Washington
• Nicholas Guetterman, John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois
• Marley Hebard, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
• Jacob Jett, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Alabama
• Cody Jodon, Lake Tech, Eustis, Florida
• Sharon Karganilla, Intercoast College, Roseville, California
• Hector Lopez, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas
• Nathan McKim, Front Range, Fort Collins, Colorado
• Patric Miller, Shelton State, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• David Alexander Millwood, Sheridan Technical College, Hollywood, Florida
• Dennis Moore, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, California
• Phillip Moore, Midwest Technical Institute, Brownsburg, Indiana
• Fausto F. Najera, San Joaquin Valley College, Ontario, California
• David Plunkett, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, Alabama
• Jeremy Radeff, Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
• Darren Paul Roberts, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Alabama
• Sean Scoular, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, Colorado
• Blake Selvestra, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis
• Jimmie Sides, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, Alabama
• Taylor Taft Trotter, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, Alabama
• Anna Woodell, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Veterans program recipients are:
• Nathanael King, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Washington
• Robert Marchant, Vista College, Amarillo, Texas
• Jean-Baptiste Mekpato, Southeast Community College, Milford, Nebraska
• Mercury Van Milton, Centura Institute, Orlando, Florida
• John Shawano, Black Hawk Technical College, Janesville, Wisconsin

The Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded almost $440,000 in scholarships to over 250 instructors and students since its founding in 2003. The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to aid with the recruitment and competency of future HVACR technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.

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