East Central Community College student Ryan Hill of Forest was awarded a $500 Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr., Scholarship, in recognition of his successful participation in the recent SkillsUSA Championships in the HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) category.

The Championships – held June 22-23, 2016, in Louisville, Ky., brought together students who won local and statewide competitions before qualifying to compete on the national stage. Hill finished as a finalist at the championships.
Rees scholarships are aimed at helping 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 Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and 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. www.ReesScholarship.org.