The Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club supports the ARRL’s mission of promoting our hobby to younger hams with a $1,000 college scholarship every year that is administered by the ARRL. Every fall, we send out notices to guidance counselors in the high schools of our club’s service area in hopes they will encourage eligible students to apply (see criteria below). The ARRL also promotes its scholarship program. This year’s winner of our scholarship was Michael Geesaman KJ4SST from Lanexa, VA in New Kent County. Michael is entering his Junior year at Old Dominion University. His field of study at ODU is Electrical Engineering. Michael was kind enough to reply to our inquiries about his interests and plans:
“In the future, I plan on using my skills to help improve people’s lives. I first got started with Ham Radio in 2009. I earned my Ham radio license as a part of my school curriculum. The acquiring of my Ham Radio license was added to my school curriculum after my dad had learned about it and earned his license. My main interest in Ham Radio boils down to the application and implementation of radio communication technologies. I do not have a particular sub-field picked out, but I am interested in communications technologies. I am also minoring in Computer Engineering. I have yet to meet any other Hams at ODU.”
We hope to introduce Michael at a future Zoom club meeting, but for now we want to congratulate him and express our support for him and his future.
Here are the specifics of our scholarship:
- Award Amount: $1,000
- Number of Awards:1 per year
- License Requirement: Applicant must hold a Technician Class or higher Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Operators license.
- Region: Preference will be given to applicants residing in the following Virginia counties: Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Clarke, City of Winchester, or the following West Virginia counties: Hampshire, Jefferson and Berkeley. If no qualified applicant is identified, the scholarship may be awarded to any applicant residing in Virginia who meets other eligibility requirements.
- Field of Study: Business, Science, Math, Engineering or Technology-related field.
- Institution: Fully accredited institution or university.
- Other: Applicant must be a US citizen.
Applications must be made online through the ARRL website. The information and application form can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-application.