IEEE Power & Energy Society Announces 2015 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Awardees

PISCATAWAY, NJ – 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 2015-16 academic school year to 209 undergraduate students at 105 universities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The 209 Scholarships distributed represents a 14% increase over the 2014 distribution (184) and it is the first time that scholarships are being awarded to students from Puerto Rico.

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, 587 students received 942 scholarships have from more than 150 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and prestigious engineering colleges. In 2015, donations to the IEEE Canadian Foundation have enabled the IEEE Canadian foundation to financially support a PES Scholar from Canada for the first time.

Northeastern University electrical engineering student and 2nd-time Scholar Emily Pankosky expressed her appreciation for being chosen. She said, "Being selected as a PES Scholar has validated my career choice as an electrical engineer. It has bolstered my motivation to be successful both academically and professionally."

Stephen Brogan, a PES Scholar Mentor and an Assistant Substation Department Manager at Burns & McDonnell commented "The PES Scholarship Plus initiative is a great program because it introduces students who are passionate about a career in Power & Energy Systems to internship and mentorship opportunities. Burns & McDonnell's support of the program is important, because it allows us to connect with these students and immerse them in the professional world that awaits them after graduation, as well as help us identify and attract top talent in the industry."

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. Additional prominent multi-year donors to the Initiative include G&W Electric Company, Doble Engineering Company, Alstom and ShivKrupa. Sargent & Lundy and MYR were new corporate contributors in 2015 and Burns & McDonnell, ComEd, Dominion, ISO New England, NYISO, Omicron and Smart Wires made additional investments to support the program. 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.

A full listing of 2015 – 2016 PES Scholarship awardees is available online at

All scholarship funds are raised through the IEEE Foundation. Since 2011, $2 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, or contact Natalie Krauser McCarthy at 732-562-6065. Donations are accepted online.

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