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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, Alexander Cygan. He is attending Johnson County Community College and is enrolled in the Automation Engineering Technology program. We asked Alexander about winning the scholarship…
What does winning a Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
I am so thankful and honored to receive this NFPA scholarship. By being awarded this scholarship, it means not only being recognized for my passion for fluid power technology, but for my hard work and dedication as well. This scholarship will make it possible for me to focus on my education and develop the necessary skill set to succeed and make an impact in the automation and fluid power communities.
Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
An important component to automation and robotics is fluid power. The consistent, faster benefits that are achieved through automation are derived from some form of fluid power technology. There could not be a better, more exciting time to be studying for a career in a field where fluid power plays an integral part.
What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
My career aspirations as an automation technician are to head up a maintenance department that is not only capable of quickly troubleshooting systems but is also implementing predictive maintenance and new connectivity technology. Improving reliability, safety, and efficiency are all aspects I would like to be involved with. I would also like to become a mentor to the next generation to learn about all types of fluid power systems.
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 email@example.com.
NFPA supports student organizations at universities with annual stipend funding to help students learn about fluid power while they work on educational and technical projects. Currently for the 2023-24 academic year, there are 19 universities from across the country participating: If you are looking to get involved with these Fluid Power Clubs, see below for…
Mark your calendars for the NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Design and Specification Midway Reviews, happening in December and January. This is a fantastic opportunity for industry members to get engaged and connect with students. The reviews are 45-minute webinar presentations with 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges. During this review, students will showcase…