The IBEW proudly presents
2004 Founders Scholarship recipients Scott R. Evarts and
Robert G. Hughs. Both have displayed the kind of dedication
and tenacity as the wiremen and linemen who organized the
IBEW in 1891.
Evarts and Hughs were chosen by a panel of judges for the
annual scholarship that awards winners with up to $24,000
in tuition assistance toward college and postgraduate education.
Advancing the careers of the recipients, the scholarships
also enhance the electrical industry that IBEW founders envisioned.
a journeyman inside wireman and member of Local
915, in Tampa, Florida, is pursuing a bachelors degree
in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida.
"By allowing IBEW members to increase their education
and professional competency, the Founders Scholarship directly
affects the quality of work in the electrical industry as
well as the positive reputation and representation of the
IBEW within the larger work force," Evarts said in the
essay he submitted to the scholarship committee.
A 10-year veteran of the IBEW, Evarts is a Democratic precinct
committeeman in Plant City, Florida, and a volunteer who works
with the homeless and substance abuse victims.
545 member Robert Hughs will use his scholarship award
to earn a bachelors degree in business finance and economics
at Missouri Western State College. A journeyman wireman, the
St. Joseph, Missouri, resident is a five-year member of the
Local 545 member Robert Hughs,
Jennifer, and son, Dylan
"This opportunity helps members strengthen their commitment
to the labor movement by strengthening their ambitions,"
said Hughs, who was also selected for a $1,000 scholarship
by Union Plus earlier this year.
A past vice president of the Northwest Missouri Central Labor
Council, Hughs is secretary of the Local
545 political action committee. He is also active in the
community as a board member of the local Community Action
Agency and columnist in the St. Joseph Telegraph who pens
"This Working Mans View."
members of the 2004 Founders' Scholarship Selection Committee
are IBEW Scholarship Administrator James Voye, left, Marco
Consulting Group Vice President Greg Kinczewski, State University
of New York Empire State College Professor Roger Keeran and
Rutgers University Professor John Bennett.
IBEW Founders Scholarship Administrator James Voye was joined
on the selection committee by Rutgers University Professor
John Bennett, State University of New York Empire State College
Professor Roger Keeran and Marco Consulting Group Vice President