The IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium has announced the 2015 IWCS scholarship recipients. This scholarship program includes the John T. Barteld / IWCS Scholarship Endowments, the Christopher Kenneth Eoll Memorial Endowment, as well as 6 additional annual student scholarships. Support for the scholarship program has come from several cable and connectivity organizations for many years. These awards are open to deserving juniors, seniors, and graduate university students.

“On behalf of the IWCS Board of Directors, I look forward to working closely with our selected universities and their programs to support higher education in disciplines important to our industry,” stated David Kiddoo, CEO. “These schools provide an excellent academic background for students interested in the skills necessary to advance the technologies of cable & connectivity. Our ultimate goal is to encourage a strong succession of new engineers and technicians wanting to join our cable and connectivity industries.”

The 2015 university scholarship recipients were recognized at IWCS 2015, the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, in October. “I especially enjoyed acknowledging the scholarship recipients who will be the future leaders of our industry,” said Robert A. Wessels, Jr., CommScope, Inc., chairman of the Board, IWCS, Inc. “Attending this conference gives the scholarship recipients a unique opportunity to gain insight from and network with top engineers, researchers and executives from the cabling and connectivity industry.”

Scholarships at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were awarded to Cleveland Atkinson and Ahmed Drammeh, each of whom are senior BS candidates in Plastics Engineering.

The scholarships at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte were awarded to Crystal Conde, a sophomore BS candidate in Electrical Engineering; Brian Daniel, a Junior BS candidate in Mechanical Engineering; and Layton Hall, a junior BS candidate in Electrical Engineering.

A new Wire and Cable Industry Student Scholarship Fund was introduced this year. It is jointly sponsored by The Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association® (WCISA®), Cable Components Group (CCG), and the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium. “WCISA is proud to announce this new student scholarship program in association with IWCS,” said Rahul Sachdev, Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp., President, WCISA. “The recipients are deserving students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and engage in a course of study relevant to the wire and cable industry.” The 2015 student recipients are Steven Lee, Masters, Material Science & Engineering and Benjamin Wright, a senior BS candidate in Chemical Engineering.

WCISA also awards two scholarships every year.  One is to graduating high school seniors of member company employees. The second is to employees / interns of WCISA member companies who are enrolled in programs furthering their education within the industry.