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TCL student wins national HVAC scholarship

April 01, 2016

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HVAC student Richard Sanders

Technical College of the Lowcountry student Richard Sanders was recently named a recipient of hilmor’s Retool Your Future competition. Sanders won a $5,000 scholarship, a deluxe tool kit and a display for TCL.


Sanders is no stranger to education. He is a former science teacher of 13 years.  He turned to TCL’s program in heating, ventilation and air conditioning to advance and expand his current career as a maintenance engineer at a major resort hotel.


“Although I have taught the theory of refrigeration and thermodynamics for years as a physics teacher, I was frustrated by the fact that when I looked at my own heat pump, I didn’t know a receiver from an accumulator,” Sanders said.


“When the engineering director at the resort hotel where I work informed me that I would need certification in refrigeration to improve my value to the company, it convinced me to enroll at TCL,” he said.


Sanders will receive an associate degree in general technology and a certificate in refrigeration in May but plans to continue taking classes in heat pumps and system design.


“The HVAC program at TCL has exceeded my expectations,” Sanders said. “I can’t say enough good things about the program or about the fine folks at hilmor.”


The hilmor contest is designed for current and future HVAC students in the U.S. and Canada. Entrants submit an essay describing how the HVAC industry will “retool” their life. More than 500 entries were received from more than 200 colleges and schools.


“Every year we receive an incredible amount of powerful submissions from these students hoping to change their future,” said Andrea Halpin, Senior Manager, Brand Marketing, hilmor. “Their dedication to their education and passion for reinventing themselves is humbling and we’re honored to help these students.”


Sanders credits much of his success to his instructors and classmates.


“My instructors at TCL are knowledgeable and experienced in the field, and they have been extremely helpful and patient with me as I learn the hands-on aspects of HVAC and refrigeration,” he said. “I am also learning a lot from my fellow students, some of whom have years of HVAC field experience already.”


For more information about TCL’s HVAC program, visit


About hilmor

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 or follow us on Twitter at @hilmortools and on Facebook at



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