Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Andreas Wilson

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, Andreas Wilson. He is attending Spokane Community College and is enrolled in the Pneumatic & Hydraulic Automation Technology program. We asked Andreas about winning the scholarship…

What does winning a Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
I am honored to win this scholarship, I know that there were several other qualified applicants. This scholarship is going to help take some of the financial burden off of me during my second year of my program which will allow me to focus more on school. 

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
In high school I visited the Spokane Community College campus and met with one of the fluid power teachers who gave me a tour and explained the program to me. I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do. I then researched the program on my own which got me even more excited about it. 

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
I hope to go in to sales. I am interested in both pneumatics and hydraulics. I would like to start in inside sales and eventually move to outside sales.

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.