Eleven students studying HVACR technology were recipients of ARI's 2006 Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarships.

The scholarships were established to honor Ted Rees, a former president of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and his efforts to encourage HVACR manufacturers to provide support to vocational and technical education.

The award is a $2,000 scholarship for students who enrolled, or plan to enroll, in an HVACR program at an accredited institution. ARI awards scholarships to 11 students before the fall and spring academic semesters.

"We are thrilled to award these scholarships to some of the brightest men and women studying in this technical field," said William G. Sutton, president of ARI. "By supporting the next generation of HVACR technicians, we pay tribute to Ted and his vision to strengthen the future of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry by encouraging young men and women to excel at installing, repairing and maintaining this equipment."

This year's recipients were Burton T. Maines, attending Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.; Michael Snow at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Ill.; Jason Lubiewski at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.; Michelle Kereluk at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pa.; Daniel N. Zeolla at Triangle Tech in Greensburgh, Pa.; Gary McDonald at Delaware Technical College in Georgetown, Del.; David Pirozzoli at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa.; Brian Patrick Smith at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.; Roma S. Snuffer at Portage Lakes Career Center in Green, Ohio; and Kyle Morrison and Craig Morrison, also at Ferris State University.

For the fall 2006 academic semester, ARI received 40 applications from students at technical schools, community colleges and universities across the country. Selection criteria used by the review committee included academic performance, letters of recommendation, work history and a short essay.

For more information on the scholarship, visit www.ari.org/education/rees .