Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Ilaisaane Summers

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 $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study.

Here’s one of the winnersIlaisaane Summers. She is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is enrolled in the engineering program. We asked Ilaisaane about winning the scholarship…

What does winning a Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
This scholarship means everything to me because it makes it financially possible for me to pursue my dream of becoming an engineer at MIT!

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
My father was designing a rocket that was pressure stabilized and also used fluid pressure to drive the engine, so I was really amazed by the applications of fluid power. I’m interested in physics in general, so it’s always really cool to see how useful its applications are.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
My dream job would be using fluid power in the aerospace industry by building rockets!

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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