The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation announced that Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie High School student James Smith of Dresden, TN was awarded a $500 scholarship in recognition of his successful participation in the recent SkillsUSA Championships in the HVAC/R category. The Championships, held June 22-23, 2016 in Kentucky, brought together students who won local and statewide competitions before qualifying to compete on the national stage. James Smith finished as a finalist at the Championships.
James “Bubba” Smith is a senior at Dresden High School and a dual enrollment student in the HVAC/R program at TCAT-McKenzie.
The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future HVAC/R 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.
Rees scholarships are aimed at helping students continue studying to become technicians in the HVAC/R and water heating industry.
"We are proud to help these qualified and dedicated students, and promote careers in the HVAC/R and water heating industry, to help close the employment and skills gaps we currently face," said AHRI President & 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.
TCAT-McKenzie is extremely proud of James and his accomplishments.