Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Ivan Karpich

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation

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 winners, Ivan Karpich. He is the recipient of the Raymond F. Hanley Memorial Award and is attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to pursue a mechanical engineering degree. We asked Ivan about winning the scholarship . . .

What does winning this Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?

I am grateful for being selected as a recipient of the NFPA scholarship. I am currently continuing my education by working on a mechanical engineering degree. This scholarship will help alleviate financial burdens and allow me to focus more on my studies and career. More importantly, this scholarship means I will be more flexible to spend time with my wife and family.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?

After hearing many positive comments about the program and the professors at Hennepin Technical College, I decided to become a fluid power specialist. During the program, I recognized the fluid power training and the hands-on skills gained at a technical college would complement a mechanical engineering degree. With the assistance from generous donors like the NFPA, I am in the final year of the mechanical engineering program at the University of Minnesota.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?

I plan to continue my education and gain more experience in fluid power and engineering. Currently, I am working at Caterpillar designing hydraulic circuits where I am gaining valuable experience in my field of study. I am greatly thankful for generous donors, like the NFPA, who have supported my career and I wish to someday repay the generosity. Long-term I plan to get involved in an organization that applies technical skills in making a difference in society.

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 on the scholarships, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz, Workforce Development Manager, at