Joshua McGoogan, a mechanical engineering major at Youngstown State University, was awarded the first Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through the Youngstown State University Foundation.
The $1,000 scholarship is funded through a joint labor-management committee comprised of IBEW Local 64 of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Both organizations are part of NECA-IBEW Electricians.
“I am very honored to be the recipient of this scholarship,” said McGoogan, a resident of Leetonia. “This scholarship will help me focus all my time and energy on my studies and not on the cost of classes.”
The scholarship is open to YSU students pursuing an undergraduate degree that would benefit the electrical industry. Qualified applicants would also have to be an employee or relative of an employee affiliated with IBEW Local 64 or signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley.
McGoogan’s father, David McGoogan, has been a member of IBEW 64 since 1989. His work in the electrical field has inspired Josh during his time at YSU.
“As a mechanical engineering major, I took a basic electrical engineering class,” McGoogan said. “My father used his experiences as an electrician to give me a different way to think about some of the problems I encountered in the class.”
After graduation, McGoogan is considering working in the automotive industry. However, he is also considering returning to school for an electrical engineering degree.
McGoogan applauds the educational focus the association of electricians and electrical contractors haven taken by starting this scholarship.
“I am grateful that the LMCC committee for investing into the lives of young people pursuing an education,” McGoogan said.
(Related: NECA-IBEW Electricians announce YSU scholarship)