SCC student receives $2,000 HVAC-R scholarship

Jean-Baptiste Mekpato, a student in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology program, is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award from the Rees Scholarship Foundation.

The HVAC-R program is located on the Milford Campus.

"I was very happy when I was informed that I had been selected for the Rees Scholarship, and I'd like to thank the Rees Foundation for this award," Mekpato said.

Scholarship dollars can only be applied toward costs incurred at the school. The cost can be applied toward tuition and books. The funds can be used for tools and housing if these are costs billed through the school. Rees funds can be applied to two terms of school and cannot be applied to past terms. Any unused scholarship money shall be returned to the Foundation.

Mekpato, originally from Benin in West Africa, entered SCC with some experience in refrigeration and air conditioning in Russia.

"I wanted to continue working in the field of refrigeration when I came to the United States," he said, "but language and certification as an HVAC technician were barriers. So I started taking English classes and eventually registered for SCC's HVAC-R program."

Mekpato is scheduled to graduate in June. He then plans to work in the area of energy efficiency.

The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians. Students preparing for a career in the HVACR industry are encouraged to apply for the Rees Scholarship.

With the goal of helping students focus on their studies and overcome financial hardship, the Foundation can award scholarships up to $2,000 and includes a free NATE ICE test.

Since 2003 the Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $380,000 to more than 200 deserving students. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 each to qualified students who are enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution. Scholarship recipients also receive a free ICE test through our partnership with NATE.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu