Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Sawyer Newman

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

Here’s one of the winners, Sawyer Newman. Sawyer is attending Purdue University Northwest and is enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program. We asked Sawyer about winning the scholarship…

What does winning a Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
It means the world to me and it will allow me to comfortably continue to pursue my education. It is a honor to be selected for this scholarship and it will allow me to continue learning about fluid power and other engineering focuses.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
I chose to learn about it for a class but ended up getting really interested in it as the class went on. I then decided to join the fluid power club to get more experience in the field and learn as much as I can about fluid power.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
I hope to get a career manufacturing forklifts for Toyota. I hope to either help them with designs or help them make their operations as efficient as possible. I hope to help Toyota with their hydraulic and pneumatic forklifts. The knowledge I gained from fluid power will really help me with getting a jump start on how these machines work and it will help me discover new ways to improve them.

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

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