YSU students receive NECA sholarship

Staff report


Five 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 extracurricular activities, namely the student NECA chapter,” said Thomas J. Travers, Mahoning Valley NECA executive director.

This year’s scholarship winners are Michael Currao of Austintown, electrical engineering; Jason Nutt of Cort- land, electrical engineering technology; Ethan Parks of North Lima, electrical engineering technology; Kalen Wallace of Austintown, mechanical engineering technology; and David Wright of Washintonville, electrical engineering technology.

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 com-mittee consists 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 Mahoning Valley. The chapter’s member contractors are the Valley’s leaders in bringing electrical power, lighting and communications technologies to area communities.

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