Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently were awarded $2,000 scholarships from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.
Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, N.Y., and Jeffrey C. Comitz, of Hughesville, both enrolled in the four-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major, are among the 2013-14 recipients of the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarship.
The Rees Scholarship Foundation has distributed more than $200,000 since 2003 to honor a former president of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (a predecessor organization to AHRI) for his efforts to encourage heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and water heating manufacturers' support of stronger vocational- and technical-school education nationwide.
Scholarship recipients Jeffrey C. Comitz, of Hughesville, left, and Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, N.Y., are shown during a refrigeration class in Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center.
The scholarship program is meant is to assist with the recruitment and competency of future technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in an institutionally credentialed school.
Both of Penn College's related majors are accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation and endorsed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
Selection criteria used by the scholarship review committee included academic performance, letters of recommendation, work history and a short essay.
AHRI is the trade association representing manufacturers of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and water-heating equipment worldwide. Its 315 member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial HVACR and water heating equipment manufactured and sold in North America.