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
The HVAC-R program is located on the Milford Campus.
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.
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
Mekpato, originally from Benin in West Africa, entered SCC with some experience in refrigeration and air conditioning in Russia.
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.
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.
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