RCA Restructures Scholarship Program, Announces Amounts for 2021 Awards
Thursday, April 08, 2021 | Comments

The Radio Club of America (RCA) Scholarship Committee entered 2021 with a modernization plan that increases the efficiency of the committee’s processes, creates an exciting new scholarship fund, and revitalizes a legacy program.

As part of the new plan, many of RCA’s legacy scholarship funds will be combined under a single name, the Captain Bill Finch RCA-Legacy Scholarship Fund. Further, the committee announced the creation of a new fund called the RCA New Century Scholarship Fund, which will focus on assisting students training for a wireless career in vocational, secondary, international and graduate institutions.

“After much research and discussion with stakeholders, we re-energized our scholarship program,” Scholarship Committee Char Alan Spindel said. “These changes will allow us to attract more new entrants to wireless careers by helping a broader group of worthy youth.”

The following scholarship awards are:
• The Poppele-Endres RCA-Legacy for $4,000 at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey
• The Fred Link Memorial for $1,500 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey
• The John Dettra Memorial for $1,500 at Capitol University in Washington, D.C.
• The RCA Grant-in-Aid for $1,000 at Cooper Union in New York City
• The Meyer/Goldwater/Bronson Memorial Grant for $2,500 for RCA Youth Activities
• The Buller/Meyerson/Biggs Memorial for $1,000 at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey
• The Facella-Barone-DiBlasi Fund for $1,000 at Georgia Tech and Cooper Union
• The Brownson Memorial RCA-Legacy for $1,000 at Metropolitan State College of Denver

“Alan has skillfully combined many of our funds into one fund to have more impact,” RCA President John Facella said. “He also created a new fund that includes the previously missing elements of vocational and international schools.”

The RCA Scholarship Committee distributes more than $15,000 a year in grants. These grants all support students studying wireless or broadcast-related disciplines at U.S. colleges and universities. The institutions were either designated by the original donors of scholarship funds or have met RCA criteria for their wireless communications programs. More than 50 years ago, wireless pioneer, inventor and winner of the RCA Armstrong Medal, Captain W.H. “Bill” Finch convened the first meeting of the RCA Scholarship Committee, beginning a history of support to people studying to become wireless professionals. Today, that legacy continues and enters this new phase.

Along with Spindel, AG4WK, Dr. Jim Breakall, W3FET and Dr. Julio Urbino are on the scholarship committee.

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