­Aspiring professionals awarded National HVAC Scholarships

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among the 34 national beneficiaries of $58,000 in financial assistance from a partnership of longtime industry supporters.

Joseph V. Gullace, of Livingston, New Jersey; Christopher J. Milliken, of Bellefonte; and Austin R. Reynolds, of Enola — all enrolled in Penn College’s two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major — are recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship. Milliken and Reynolds each received $2,000; Gullace was awarded $1,500.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation has distributed nearly $700,000 since 2003 to honor a former organization president for his efforts to encourage HVAC, refrigeration and water-heating manufacturers’ support for aspiring industry technicians across the country.

The program was formed to assist with recruitment and competency of future technicians through scholarships to qualified students at accredited schools. Penn College’s related majors are accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accredit­ation and endorsed by ACCA.

“Once again, the Rees Foundation has recognized the exemplary achievements of Pennsylvania College of Technology students and has provided generous support for them to help lessen the financial burden of seeking degrees in the HVAC industry,” said Jason W. Killinger, assistant professor and co-department head for HVAC technology. “We are very thankful for their continued investment in our students and helping us educate the next generation of the HVAC industry.”

Selection criteria used by the scholarship committee included academic performance, letters of recommendation, work history and a brief essay.