WPI Students Named GE Fund Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 24, 2001
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass.-WPI senior Jason Brown, son of Victor Brown of Westerly, R.I., and sophomore Eduardo J. Paredes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo Paredes of Shrewsbury, Mass., were recently named GE Fund Scholars in recognition of outstanding academic performance and leadership. Each student will receive $10,000 for the 2001-02 academic year.

GE Fund Scholars are students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in business or engineering programs. This year, the fund selected scholars at 15 universities across the country; as of this fall, it will be supporting 44 of these exemplary students at 28 universities nationwide.

Brown, an electrical engineering major, is a three-time GE Fund Scholar. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Society of Black Engineers. He completed a summer internship in the Advanced SATCOM Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he will continue to work part time this fall. Paredes, who is receiving the scholarship for the first time, is a double major in computer science and electrical engineering. He is active in crew and other varsity sports on campus and is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

"We are proud to have two WPI students selected for this prestigious award," says Dawn Johnson, director of minority affairs, who nominated Brown and Paredes for the scholarship. "This scholarship provides a great opportunity for students of color to pursue studies in engineering and science without a financial burden. These two young men have been assets to the students-of-color community at WPI and are excellent role models for all students."

The GE Fund, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company, invests in improving educational quality and access and strengthening community organizations in GE communities around the world.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, the university is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer master's and doctoral programs and support leading-edge research in a broad range of areas.