OSU Institute of Technology Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology student Chance Beasley received a Rees Scholarship. Beasley was one of three from Oklahoma who received the fall 2019 scholarship.
“I felt blessed when I received the news of this scholarship,” said Beasley. “I am a returning student after a 10-year layoff, and I have worked extremely hard and appreciate even being considered for this award.”
The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
“This scholarship has been a huge help to me as I resigned from my long tenured occupation to return to school and every bit of financial aid received is a relief and helps ensure I have everything I need,” said Beasley.
They awarded $85,500 to 49 students, including seven military veterans, studying to become technicians in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (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 Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute 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."
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school.
In addition to being enrolled in a program, students must also complete an application form, which includes background questions, a 500-word essay and two recommendation letters along with any official school transcripts.
"Supporting workforce development and employee retention programs are Air Conditioning Contractors of America’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.