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2015/16 PES Scholars Announced

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 210 undergraduate students at 105 universities  across the USA, Canada & Puerto Rico.

For the first time ever, the program is distributing scholarships outside North America. Two (2) recipients have been selected from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.  Additionally, we expect to distribute scholarships to undergraduate students in India by the end of the year.

Since the program launched in 2011, 914 scholarships have been awarded to 588 students at more than 150 universities.

PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award Recipients

Seven (7) individuals have been identified as the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative John W. Estey Outstanding PES Scholars for 2015-2016.    These individuals were selected as the top PES Scholar from their Region. The 2015/16 PES Scholarship Plus Initiative John W. Estey Outstanding PES Scholars are:

· Nathaniel Michener – Boston University (Region 1 – Northeast USA)

· Haley Northrup – University of Delaware (Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic USA)

· Dylan Sewell – Mississippi State University (Region 3 – Southeastern USA)

· Francis “Fritz” Wagner – Iowa State University (Region 4 – Mid-West USA)

· Andrew Jennings – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Region 5 – Southwest USA)

· Zack Eldredge – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Region 6 – Western USA)

· Stephanie Gerbeau – McGill University (Region 7 – Canada)

More information on these students is available on the PES Scholarship Plus Website.

2015/16 Schweitzer Meritorious Scholars

Below are the students who have been selected as Schweitzer Meritorious Scholars by IEEE region, including their names, schools and expected graduation year.

Region 2

  • Matt Marcou – Drexel University, 2017

Region 3

  • Ryan Bailey – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2017
  • Oceane Boulais – Florida Atlantic University, 2017
  • Cara DeCoste – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2015
  • Molly Fink – Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Andrew Wunderlich – University of South Carolina, 2017

Region 5

  • Benjamin Jack – Texas A&M University, 2017

Region 6

  • Alexa Aguilar – University of Idaho, 2017
  • Matthew Cato – Washington State University, 2016
  • David Daigle – University of Idaho, 2016
  • Cameron Doneen – Washington State University, 2016
  • Ryan Fraser – Gonzaga University, 2017
  • Erika Isom – Washington State University, 2017
  • Zach Kasperick – Montana Tech of the University of Montana, 2016
  • Christopher Knox – Washington State University, 2017
  • Sean Murphy – Portland State University, 2016
  • David Ritter – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2016
  • Suzanne Rieseberg – Eastern Washington University, 2016
  • Thomas Teisberg – Stanford University, 2017
  • John Thompson – University of Idaho, 2015

 Schools with the highest number of PES Scholars

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 8
Drexel University – 7
Washington State University – 6
South Dakota State University – 6
North Carolina State University – 6
Northeastern University – 6
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – 4
University of Washington – 4
University of North Carolina, Charlotte – 4
University of Maryland, College Park – 4
University of Nebraska, Lincoln – 4

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Oceane Boulais from Florida Atlantic University is one of 50 female PES Scholars. This represents 24% of our total PES Scholars and is the highest amount & percentage since the program began in 2011.

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Jonathon Herzog from the University of Wisconsin, Madison had his scholarship renewed. He chose to study Electrical Engineering because he wanted a career path in which he can help people.

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