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IEEE Power & Energy Society Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients

28 November 2012 – The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative (IEEE PES S+) recently announced scholarship distribution to 228 students at 100 universities across the United States for the 2012–13 academic year.

The IEEE PES S+ provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying US Electrical Engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding—US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year—interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.

“The IEEE PES S+ is one way we are helping support the next generation of power leaders,” said IEEE Fellow Wanda Reder, co-chair of the scholarship. “These are exceptional young men and women who are excited about power and the opportunities in the field.”

The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year. The IEEE PES S+ has supported a total of 265 scholars attending 109 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, and prestigious engineering colleges across the US. The program has provided $642,000 in scholarships and has raised $4.1 million in cash and pledges from donors to the program, nearing the halfway point to its $10-million fundraising goal.

“Executives across the power and energy industries share a concern for the pipeline of talent entering the power engineering workforce especially as more and more of the baby boomers, who built today’s power system to its present strength, prepare to retire,” stated Reder. Over the next decade, almost 62 percent of the industry has the potential to retire or leave the field for other reasons.

Two industry leaders have shown their support of the program through their respective $1-million donations: S&C Foundation, which is affiliated with S&C Electric Company, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Other prominent supporters include The Grainger Foundation, Alstom, Doble Engineering, Powell Industries, Cooper Power Systems, Southern California Edison, ISO New England, Autodesk, PSE&G, Ulteig, Westinghouse, MidAmerican Energy Foundation, NSTAR, PJM Interconnection, and GE Foundation.


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