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Meet This Year’s Award Recipients

Adrian Gallegos

Seward County Community College

Garden City, KS

I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and be certified as a universal technician in HVACR. I love fixing equipment and learning new material. Once I graduate, I want to get experience out in the field for a couple of years and travel the United States while working on the different systems.

Ashlyn Jackson

John A Logan College

Carbondale, IL

I have a strong passion for science and technology, as well as entrepreneurship. With the help of the people I’ve met, as well as my own passion to provide a needed service to my neighbors and community members, HVAC has empowered me to progress toward this growing and exciting career field.

Brenda Martinez

Perry Technical Institute

Yakima, WA

As I researched the HVAC/R industry, I found so many branches and specialties within this trade, with no shortage of possibilities and opportunities. I am excited to help my community and the individuals I encounter when I become an International Refrigeration Technology Technician.

Brian Carbajal

Yakima Valley Community College

Selah, WA

I am the first person out of my family to go to any big trade school, so it’s pretty exciting for me to be doing something so different. I have always been the type to learn best when I can see, feel and be right in front of what I’m learning, and I am excited to start my HVAC journey. I can’t wait to get out in the field and work.

Diana Montiel Silva

Wake Technical Community College

Durham, NC

My dad used to let me go help him out with his HVAC jobs. With each new job, I grasped skills quickly, which made me fall in love with the industry. To me, the greatest part of the job is not only when you finish, but when you also leave your customer happy and confident that their unit is now working properly.

Jaxon Barber

Guilford Technical Community College

Greensboro, NC

When I was making my decision about what path I wanted to pursue after high school, I initially was going to go into another trade. After consulting family and mentors, I decided to go into HVAC and couldn’t be happier. After graduation, I have a long-term vision of starting an employee-owned HVAC business.

Jeremy Conti

Quinsigamond Community College

Grafton, MA

What inspired me to pursue an HVAC technical education is the sheer scope and possibilities the industry presents. My plans after graduation are to sharpen my new skillset as a service technician for residential and commercial systems, and contribute to the sustainable energy movement.

Jose Gurrola

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Kansas City, KS

My inspiration to pursue a career in the HVAC industry is to not only better my life, but also provide a better future for my daughter. I find the HVAC field challenging and enjoyable, and I love the troubleshooting process that goes into it. I feel like the being an HVAC technician is a perfect fit for me.

Joseph Huerta

Seward County Community College

Garden, KS

What inspired me to join the HVAC-R technical school was that it’s a great trade to get into, especially as this job is needed everywhere in the states. I also wanted to learn a trade that I would be able to benefit from financially. I plan to work with a company after graduating to become a better HVAC technician.

Julian Lara

Ferris State University

Grand Rapids, MI

I was inspired to choose this career path by my cousin, who is in the industry. I see the demand for honest and knowledgeable HVAC techs skyrocketing. Not many other people my age are interested in doing hands-on, difficult work, which makes me a valuable asset. I can’t wait to graduate and get into the field!

Juan Garcia

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

What inspired me to puruse a degree in HVAC is my family and my love for the trade. I’ve worked in construction in the past, and saw HVAC technical education as the next step in my career. My plans after graduation are to keep studying while working to improve my knowledge and to become one of the best technicians out there.

Kyna Cardenas

San Joaquin Valley College – Temecula

Lake Elsinore, CA

My inspiration to pursue an HVAC technical education was to make a better life for not only my family but for myself as well. I know through this industry I am going to have to prove myself by being a team player, that I’m open to new ideas, as well as proving my independence when working with equipment.

Marshall Stephens

Oakland Community College

Rochester Hills, MI

I have worked as a maintenance person for the past few years and while I enjoy it, I feel it is time for me to expand my skills and pursue HVAC as a profession. As I complete my first semester in the HVAC Program, I have enjoyed the physics and science involved in the trade, and I can’t wait to graduate so that I can expand my skills.

Mellena Everett

J. F. Drake State Technical College

Huntsville, AL

I was inspired to pursue this career by my uncle, who is also in the trade. I was a bit apprehensive at first as I was the only female in the class, but I persevered and have enjoyed every minute of it. My career vision is to become a licensed HVAC technician and to provide heating and cooling solutions for people in my community.

Nathan Luehrs

Northwest Technical College

Bemidji, MN

Growing up, I was always curious how things worked. If something wasn’t working right, I’d take it apart and try to fix it. After my first 2 years at college, I decided to find a job where I could work with my hands, which is why I decided to switch to HVAC. I enjoy being challenged, and I believe that HVAC/R work will keep me on my toes.

Nicholas Wiederholt

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Rice Lake, WI

I have always been interested in HVAC, ever since I was a kid helping my dad work in the backyard. Now that I am almost done with my first year in the program, I can truly say that this is the industry for me. I am looking forward to finding a summer internship where I can get some experience with building automation and industrial HVACR systems.

Stephan Przybylowicz

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Louisa, VA

I currently live in an income-sharing community, and one of our main goals as a community is self-sufficiency. As the community’s equipment maintenance manager, I’d like to pursue formal training in HVAC and be able to install and maintain our current and future climate control systems, as this will greatly improve our quality of life and longterm maintenance of our buildings.

Zachary Sale

Perry Technical Institute

Piqua, OH

All my life, I knew I wanted to do some form of trade school. When my family received a new HVAC system in our house, I watched the technicians do their job and I knew that this was a career path I would like to pursue. While I am a great student in school, I am more of a hands-on person who does better with fixing things. I look forward to starting my career as an HVAC technician.

Isaiah Jackson

Texas State University

Houston, TX

I decided to go into the HVAC trade because it’s a high-demand job and in places like Texas, air conditioning is the number one priority in a household. After I graduate, I plan on working at a company that will help me continue building my skills so that eventually, I can own my own contracting business.

2018-2022 Scholarship Recipients

Michael Baker

St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud Tech & Community College

Andrew Bond

Pittsburgh, PA

Triangle Tech, Pittsburgh

John Bozone

Okmulgee, OK

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

John Cao

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute

Lyndon Chang

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena City College

Surindra Deonarine

Marietta, GA

Lincoln College of Technology

Adam Fromm

Eau Claire, WI

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Jordan Giard

East Windsor, CT

Lincoln Technical Institute

Tyler Hungerschafer

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Technical College

Thomas Jensen

Missoula, MT

University of Montana College of Technology

Taran Manuel

Berkeley, MO

Vatterott College

Papa Mbaye

Houston, TX

Lone Star College: North Harris

John Ragusa

Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College

Robert Reagan

Twin Falls, ID

College of Southern Idaho

Zachary Slocum

Waco, TX

Texas State Technical College

Eduard Tsikhotskiy

Worcester, MA

Porter and Chester Institute

Robert Wilhelm

Southfield, MI

Northwestern Tech Institute

Justin Zeller

Marietta, GA

Chattahoochee Technical College

Juan Anaya

Houston, TX

Houston Community College System

Jordan Bowman

Roaring Spring, PA

Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center

BriAnna Prouse

Twin Falls, ID

College of Southern Idaho

Marco Cazares

Caldwell, TX

Texas State Technical College Waco

Devante Cuthbertson

Greensboro, NC

Guilford Technical Community College

Alejandro Ruiz

Las Vegas, NV

College of Southern Nevada

Jacob Keil

Bellevue, IA

Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

Jordan Brill

Elyria, OH

Ohio Business College

Johnathan Zajac

Moore, OK

Moore Norman Technology Center

Thomas Jensen

Missoula, MT

University of Montana College of Technology

Joshua Smith

Farmington, IL

Illinois Central College

Justin Adams

Chillicothe, IL

Illinois Central College

Luke Hugenroth

Paducah, KY

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Garrett Tice

Wichita Falls, TX

Vernon College

Nicholas Stygles

Clarksville, TN

Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson

Rakeem Dozier

Roanoke, AL

Southern Union State Community College

Arica Jones

Waldorf, PA

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Benjamin Ossai

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield College

Dane Conely

Cedar Springs, MI

Ferris State University

Daniel Faulconer

Cynthiana, KY

Building Institute of Central Kentucky

Glenn Paul

Ellensburg, WA

Perry Technical Institute

Jonah Hartman

Jersey Shore, PA

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Jonathan Adams

Danville, CA

California State University Sacramento

Jordan Crane

Blisseld, MI

Washtenaw Community College

Joshua Furse

Custer, MN

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Kemberly Stephens

Waycross, GA

Coastal Pines Technical College

Lance Lines

Towanda, PA

Pennsylvania College of Technolgoy

Landon Ottenson

Wahpeton, ND

North Dakota State College of Science

Luis Trejo

Bondurant, IA

Des Moines Area Community College

O’Shaey Harris

Montgomery, AL

H Councill Trenholm State Technical College

Owen Bartman

Farmington, MI

Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology

Richard Campbell

Nanty Glo, PA

Triangle Tech Inc – Greensburg

Thomas Heiderscheit

Lake Lillian, MN

Saint Cloud Technical College

Wyatt Luebbert

Freeburg, MO

Linn State Technical College

Daniel Karrels

West Bend, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Adil Khatabay

Brooklyn Park, MN

Dunwoody College of Technology

Adnane Choudani

Breensboro, NC

Guilford Technical Community College

Alejandro Mancera

Yakima, WA

Perry Technical Institute

Brian Vazquez

Selah, WA

Yakima Valley Community College

Christian Rodriguez

Yakima, WA

Perry Technical Institute

Drew Larson

Minneapolis, MN

Dunwoody College of Technology

Evan Schaefer

Estes Park, CO

Front Range Community College

Jonah Hartman

Jersey Shore, PA

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Juan Garcia

Spring, TX

Lone Star College System

Justin Rohrenbach

Rapid City, SD

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Kamik James

North Plainfield, NJ

Union County College

Logan Brauer

Olive Branch, TN

William Moore College of Technology

Mario Anzaldo

McChord AFB, WA

Clover Park Technical College

Walker Schulte

Strawberry Point, IA

Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

Zachary Middleton-Powell

Washington, IL

Illinois Central College

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