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hilmor Announces ‘Retool
Your Future’ Scholarship Contest Winners.
Scholarship Recipients Awarded $5,000 and Will
Join Industry Innovator at AHR EXPO in Chicago.
After hundreds of submissions, tool
manufacturer hilmor® announces the six scholarship recipients of its
Retool Your Future scholarship contest. Established to support the
next generation of HVAC/R technicians, the Retool Your Future
competition awards each winner a $5,000 scholarship, innovative
hilmor tools, a trip to the AHR EXPO in Chicago this month and a
Green Wall Merchandising Display for their school.
The program, in its second year, is extended to current and future
HVAC/R students in the U.S., and this year expanded to Canada. More
than 500 students from over 180 trade schools applied for the
program with submissions of 250-words or less explaining how the
HVAC/R industry will “retool their life”. Winners were selected by a
panel of judges based on how their essay describes HVAC/R school
helping them start a new life, preparing them for a career in the
HVAC/R industry and their commitment to their education.
“This is a powerful program in how it helps to not only identify,
but celebrate, the amazing men and women looking to enter and grow
their skills in a profession that often serves as a second career
and doesn’t get a lot of attention,” said Andrea Halpin, Senior
Manager, Brand Marketing, hilmor. “We were incredibly moved by the
powerful and compelling submissions, and we’re proud to be able to
assist these inspiring students to retool and conquer their future.”
Joshua Lipp, 46, a retired pilot and father of twin two-year-old
boys, Joshua now attends the Fortis Institute in Lawrenceville, N.J.
He has a passion for home remodeling and tinkering with whatever
gadgets he can find.
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James Mitchell, 61,
has watched his son graduate through HVAC/R school and start his
own business. Inspired, Jim is now completing his own Associates
Degree at Gadsden State Community College in Anniston, Ala.,
with the goal of joining his son in their family business.
Carl Petee, 39, has had experience in a wide array of trades,
from programming databases to teaching geometry. With a love for
mechanical problem solving, Carl plans to one day return to
trade school as an instructor, preparing the next generation of
HVAC/R students. Carl is currently enrolled at the American
Trade School in St. Ann, Mo.
Richie Post, 41, has been working with mechanics since he was
old enough to walk into his father’s garage. He expanded his
skills as an Electrician’s Mate in the US Navy, where he became
a decorated veteran. Now enrolled at the Guilford Technical
Community College in Greensboro, N.C., Richie aspires to
continue helping his community as a working HVAC/R technician.
Yoginder Rana, 39, has a far from traditional educational
background. Having grown up in a small village in India, Yogi
found his love for mechanics after working in a small automobile
air conditioning shop, where he learned the trade from
independent reading and asking those around him. Having
maintained a 4.0 GPA at the Ferris State University, in Big
Rapids, Mich., Yogi plans to continue his education to help make
the world more energy-efficient.
Evelyn Zavala, 35, is one of six children from an Ecuadorian
family who grew up in a home with the mantra “Ganadores no podrá
rescindir” (“Winners never quit”). Evelyn upholds that family
value today, as she continues to advance her education, having
completed her HVAC program and currently pursing her Associate’s
Degree in Building Trades Technology at Montgomery College in
Winners will be attending this year’s AHR EXPO and will be at
the hilmor booth 1200 periodically throughout the show.
hilmor is revolutionizing the HVAC/R industry with smarter, more
effective tools and equipment. Backed by one of the largest
research investments in the history of the HVAC/R industry,
hilmor is dedicated to making technicians’ jobs easier. Located
in East Longmeadow, Mass., hilmor is a part of the Newell
Rubbermaid global portfolio of leading brands. For more
information, visit hilmor.com or follow us on Twitter at @hilmortools
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