2017-18 IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Recipients Announced

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The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative, a Signature Program of the IEEE Foundation, is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships for the 2017-18 academic school year to 210 undergraduate students at 116 universities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. A full listing of 2017 – 2018 PES Scholarship awardees is available on the PES Scholarship Plus website.

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multi-year scholarships and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences. Since the program launched in 2011, 835 students received 1,382 scholarships have from more than 170 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and prestigious engineering colleges.

Jonathon from Lehigh University recently commented “The IEEE PES Scholarship has awarded me so many new experiences in the power and energy field and has enabled me to interact with many people who share my interests-- both contemporaries and those with already established careers. Through the scholarship, I have had opportunities that would not have been possible without it, including my summer internship at G&W and my time at the PES general meeting this summer in Chicago. Both experiences furthered my interests in electrical engineering and reinforced my decision to work in this field when I graduate.”

Seven (7) individuals have been identified as the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative John W. Estey Outstanding Scholars for 2017-2018. These individuals were selected as the top PES Scholar from their Region. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative John W. Estey Outstanding Scholars are:

  • Julia Conger, University of Texas at Austin (Region 5)
  • Firehiwot Gurara, Cornell University (Region 1)
  • Jakub Kowalczyk, Illinois Institute of Technology (Region 4)
  • Rachel Lucas, University of Nevada Reno (Region 6)
  • Abigail Shelton, University of Kentucky (Region 3)
  • Corey Weimann, University of Pittsburgh (Region 2)
  • Yilin Zhao, University of Calgary (Region 7)

Two industry leaders whose commitment began with the Initiative’s inception are S&C Foundation, the philanthropic entity of the S&C Electric Company, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Prominent multi-year donors to the Initiative include G&W Electric Company and ShivKrupa. Additional corporate donors include: Beckwith Electric Company, Burns & McDonnell, Commonwealth Edison, Dominion, ISO New England, MYR Group, Omicron, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Quanta Technologies, Sargent & Lundy, Sempra Energy, Southern Company, Spectrum Engineering Corporation, Ulteig and UC Synergetic. All of these companies are deeply committed to solving the talent development issues facing power and energy today and helping future engineers find their path.

Since 2011, $3.1 million has been awarded in scholarships. To learn more about making a donation to the IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation that will energize a student and expose them to a future career in the power and energy industry, visit www.ee-scholarship.org, or contact Natalie Krauser McCarthy at 732-562-6065. Donations are accepted online.

The scholarship fund is administered by the IEEE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1973 in the State of New York exclusively to support the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE. Visit www.ieeefoundation.org for more information.

For more information you can also view the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Newsletter and Video.


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