CCBC Tech Student Wins Rees Scholarship for HVACR Training

Jan 14, 2016

Karima Gibson of Baltimore was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to continue studying to become a technician in the HVACR and water heating industry.

Arlington, Va. (Jan – The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that Community College of Baltimore County student Karima Gibson of Baltimore was awarded a $2,000 scholarship as part of $60,500 in scholarship funds to 35 students, including five veterans.

The scholarships are aimed at helping vocational students continue studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

"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," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "We wish them success in their programs and look forward to welcoming them into the industry."

Since the Rees Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2003, it has awarded almost $440,000 in scholarships to more than 250 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, or water heating, or commercial refrigeration.

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 300+ 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. Visit AHRI at

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