Students earn NECA scholarships

YSU students earn NECA scholarships

YSU students earning scholarships from NECA are, seated left to right, Michael Currao, David Wright, Jason Nutt, Ethan Parks and Kalen Wallace. Pictured standing are Paul McFadden, president of the YSU Foundation; Rex Ferry of VEC Inc.; Bob Magni of RLM Electric; Bill Leone of Tri-Area Electric; Joe Dickey Jr. of Joe Dickey Electric; Jalal Jalali, YSU professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Tom Travers, executive director of the Mahoning Valley NECA; Ted Bosela, YSU professor of Engineering Technology; and Martin Abraham, dean of the YSU College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Five local Youngstown State University students were named recipients of the Mahoning Valley National Electrical Contractors Association’s annual scholarship.

The students were recognized at a luncheon hosted by the YSU Foundation at the Youngstown Club.

“These young men are exemplary representatives of Mahoning Valley NECA, each having shown tremendous academic achievement, strong character and award-winning participation in extra-curricular activities, namely the student NECA chapter,” said Thomas J. Travers, Mahoning Valley NECA executive director.

This year’s scholarship winners, their academic majors and hometowns are:

  • Michael Currao, electrical engineering (Austintown)
  • Jason Nutt, electrical engineering technology (Cortland)
  • Ethan Parks, electrical engineering technology (North Lima)
  • Kalen Wallace, mechanical engineering technology (Austintown)
  • David Wright, electrical engineering technology (Washingtonville)

All five recipients – who will each receive $1,000 awards – were members of YSU’s NECA Green Energy Challenge team, which captured the national championship in September after its proposal to decrease energy consumption at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor beat out more than 30 submissions from engineering schools across the country.

The Mahoning Valley NECA’s scholarship committee is comprised of Travers, Joe Dickey Jr. from Joe Dickey Electric, Rex Ferry from Valley Electrical Consolidated, Bill Leone from Tri-Area Electric and Bob Magni Jr. from RLM Electric. In addition to the

scholarship money distributed to the students, the organization contributed $10,000 to the fund’s principle to bolster future disbursements.

Mahoning Valley NECA is a trade association of electrical contractors that serves the management interests of the electrical contracting industry throughout the entire Mahoning Valley. The Chapter’s member contractors are the Valley’s leaders in bringing electrical power, lighting and communication technologies to our local communities.