Electrical Contractors Award 5 Scholarships to YSU Students

Electrical Contractors Award 5 Scholarships to YSU Students

Mahoning Valley NECA Chapter recognizes local engineering scholars

YOUNGSTOWN (Dec. 18, 2012) – 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 in their honor hosted by the YSU Foundation at the Youngstown Club today.

“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 include:

  • 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.

About Mahoning Valley NECA

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.


Scholarship winners celebrated their accomplishment at a luncheon in their honor with dignitaries from YSU, the YSU Foundation and the Mahoning Valley NECA.