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Six Penn College students awarded national HVAC scholarships


Rees Scholarship FoundationA half-dozen students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic schools are among 36 recipients of financial assistance from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

Sharing a total of $8,000 are Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Christopher J. Milliken, of Bellefonte, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Luke Samuel Mika Brambley, of Breezewood, and Aiden Chestnut, of Aston, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and building automation technology students Austin R. Reynolds, of Enola, and Adam J. Tarnowski, of Shickshinny.

“Through the generosity of the Rees Foundation, students aspiring to be tomorrow’s leaders in the HVAC-Refrigeration industry are recognized for their skills, talents and abilities,” said Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies. “The Rees Scholarship eases the financial pathway for these highly capable students.”

Bennett, Brambley and Milliken received $2,000 each; Tarnowski and Chestnut were awarded $1,500 scholarships; and Reynolds received $1,000.

“We are very proud of these students and the hard work and dedication they show in their respective crafts and coursework,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “The support of these scholarships help students recognize their goals of employment in the high-demand HVAC-R marketplace.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Rees Foundation – in partnership with the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America – has distributed more than $850,000 since 2003 in tribute to a former president of the organization.

Earmarked for those studying to become technicians in the HVAC-R and water heating industry, the fund has honored 31 Penn College students since its inception in 2003.

Penn College’s HVAC program is accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation; endorsed by ACCA; and approved as a training site for the National Oilheat Research Alliance.

For more about HVAC majors in the School of Construction & Design Technologies, call 570-327-4518. For more about building automation technology, based in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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