Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Alec Goldstrohm

Programs like the Fluid Power Scholarships are made possible in part by the generous support of industry volunteers as well as NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Pascal Society donors. Support these efforts by making a donation.


The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded fourteen $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study.

Here’s one of the winners, Alec Goldstrohm. He is attending Kent State University and is enrolled in the engineering program. We asked Alec about winning the scholarship…

What does winning a Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
Winning this Fluid Power Scholarship is a great reward that I am so honored and grateful to receive this award. When I received the notification that I won, I was in disbelief because I didn’t truly think I was going to receive the award, but I am extremely excited to receive the award. I am grateful to win this award because I know it is a competitive scholarship, and receiving this award is a big accomplishment for me.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
I chose to learn about fluid power because my father works in the power industry. Ever since I was at a young age, my father was constantly teaching us about hydraulics and its uses. I found this to be quite intriguing and I took hold of it pretty easily, which made me eager to learn more about fluid power.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
My career aspirations are to make a substantial impact in the fluid power industry. I hope to innovate and constantly create new ideas or simpler ways to use fluid power. After I graduate, I hope to become a fluid power engineer and advance from that position and work my way through the ranks.

The Foundation’s goal is to help individuals enrolled in high schools, technical colleges, and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. For further information about the Fluid Power Scholarship program, contact Amy Zignego, Workforce Program Manager, at azignego@nfpa.com.

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