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Monday, January 10, 2022 1:00 am

City Utilities interns win scholarships

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Students interning for City Utilities got a collective $7,000 boost last week for their educations.

The Anthony Wayne Rotary Club and City Utilities awarded scholarships to five students to foster and retain talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, according to a news release.

“We do work all over the world, but the importance of providing opportunities for the crucial STEM positions that will support northeast Indiana are vital for our future,” Lynette Johnson of Anthony Wayne Rotary Club said in a statement. “We are proud to support these students and to be part of the important endeavor.”

Nicholas Brandt of Indiana Tech and Matthew Dabertin of Indiana University received $2,000 awards. Carleen Sanzone of Ball State University and Purdue University Fort Wayne students Hannah Simon and Austin Kiessling received $1,000 scholarships.

The students are interning in areas of the environment, waste-to-energy conversion, and electrical and mechanical engineering, the release said.

More than 20 students participated in City Utilities' internship program in 2021, the release said, and participation has exceeded 200 in the past 20 years.

Kumar Menon, City Utilities director, said the scholarship program helps encourage talent to stay in northeast Indiana.

“Many of our intern alums have come back to work for City Utilities or have gone to work for engineering and construction firms over the years,” Menon said in a statement. “But it's a competitive field, and throughout the country, there is a shortage of STEM workers.”


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• The East Allen County Schools board decided Tuesday to keep its officers the same as last year: Todd Buckmaster, president; Tim Hines, vice president; and Gayle Etzler, secretary.


• Indiana Tech will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Snyder Academic Center Multi-Flex Theater on the Fort Wayne campus. The keynote address will be delivered by Cheryl Brown Henderson, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, originator and civil rights activist. Karrah Herring, Indiana's first chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer, will provide opening remarks on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb. Indiana Tech's Diversity Vanguard Award winners – professor Michael Dunne-Steece and Fort Wayne Fire Department Capt. Andrea Burton – will be honored during the event. Tickets are $20. Visit for registration information.

• Manchester University will host its annual Science Olympiad Invitational on Jan. 22. Middle and high school teams will participate in more than 30 events and competitions at the North Manchester campus, with activities that include solving forensic cases, codebreaking and constructing machines such as ping-pong parachutes and musical instruments. Teams will represent schools including Columbia City High School and Manchester Junior-Senior High School. The invitational is one of five such events statewide.

• Huntington University's Martin Luther King Convocation is set for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 in Zurcher Auditorium inside the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus. The service is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed at The keynote speaker is Laurel Bunker, a leader in nonprofit management, education and church ministry for over 30 years. Her message will focus on the symphony of unity.


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• Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation announced applications for the Lou Moneymaker Legacy Scholarship are due Feb. 1. The statewide scholarship is open to Indiana residents pursuing post-secondary education at any accredited Indiana college, university, technical, vocational or trade school. A preference will be given to applicants who are blind or visually impaired. Visit for information.


• High school students must submit projects by Jan. 26 to be considered for Trine University's annual Innovation Challenge competition. It offers cash prizes for the best new ideas or improved concepts for business or technology. There is no entry fee. Visit to register. Finalists will present their projects in person or remotely on Feb. 9 to a panel of judges in a format similar to popular television pitch shows. The deadline for entries in the College and Higher division is March 10, with presentations for that competition taking place March 24. For information, contact Jason Blume at or visit and click on the i1 Challenge link in the navigation menu.

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