(Wyoming) In response to recently displaced coal industry employees and their families in the state of Wyoming, a new scholarship fund has been created by the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Ten scholarships valued at $1500 will be awarded to those former coal industry employees that are pursuing an engineering degree at the University, or one of Wyoming's community colleges. It's also available to the children of those workers, but only if they plan on attending UW for engineering. "This is a way to give back to the workers who have given so much to the state," said CEAS Dean Michael Pishko. The scholarship is part of the Tier-1 Engineering Initiative, which aims to help the state economy through diversification. "Retraining displaced workers is a great way to do that -- give them other skills to help businesses in Wyoming." The hope is that fundraising can begin to expand the scholarship. Currently it will only be a one-time award, but is to begin as soon as possible. For more information or to apply, contact Laurie Bonini
at (307) 766-4254..
People interested in contributing to the fund should contact Craig Russow
at the UW Foundation at (307) 766-1803.