Students earn scholarships from NECA

Three Youngstown State University students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Mahoning Valley National Electrical Contractors Association.

Receiving the scholarships are Nicholas Gealy of Fowler, Ohio, Ethan Parks of Greenford, Ohio, and Alayne Magni of Poland, Ohio. Gealy and Parks are electrical engineering technology majors, while Magni is studying forensic science.

Electrical contractors in the local NECA chapter contribute to an endowment that funds the annual scholarships. The endowment is held by the YSU Foundation.

Parks and Gealy are officers in YSU’s student MVNECA chapter, a group of students who’ve fared well nationally in a student Green Energy Challenge competition – finishing first overall in 2012 and first in the poster competition this year.

“The student chapter has been recognized on a national scale, and YSU’s electrical engineering technology program has developed a national reputation thanks to their accomplishments,” said Jeff Barber, vice president and principal at VEC, Inc. in Girard, Ohio.

The scholarship winners were honored at a luncheon hosted by the YSU Foundation and attended by Mahoning Valley NECA contractors, Foundation staff and YSU faculty.

“It’s a big deal to have such a solid electrical engineering program in the city of Youngstown,” said Bob Magni, owner of RLM Electric.

Parks, the current president of the student chapter, is working at NECA contractor Joe Dickey Electric as he continues his studies.

“Through my time with the MVNECA student chapter I’ve received mentoring and valuable real-world work experience that’s been a great complement to my academic studies,” Parks said.

On hand at the luncheon from MVNECA to recognize the students were Barber, Magni, Bill Leone from Tri-Area Electric, Tom Travers, MVNECA executive director, and members of YSU’s faculty and Foundation office.