September 28, 2023


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Streator, Princeton students awarded science, technology, engineering scholarships

The B+B SmartWorx Scholarships for the Internet of Things were recently awarded by the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to Alexandria Schick, of Streator, and Cole Adams, of Princeton.

The IoT Scholarship is available to two high-school graduating seniors who will pursue a career in science, technology or engineering.

The award is $1,500 per scholarship and is granted to one male recipient and one female recipient in Starved Rock Country who are enrolled in a college or university for the coming school year.

“The B+B SmartWorx Scholarships are highly sought-after and always bring the most applicants of any of our scholarships,” said Pamela Beckett, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, in a press statement. “Our Scholarship Selection Committee evaluates the applicants without identifying information, so that their selections are not prejudicial. The Committee always has a tough time selecting the winners because of the number of highly qualified and simply brilliant students who apply.”

Alexandria Schick is a 2020 graduate of Streator High School and will attend Illinois State University to pursue a degree in Computer Science. She plans on working for an IT department or owning her own computer business in the future.

Cole Adams will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cole plans on applying his engineering degree to benefit the advancement of communication between multiple technologies. Both of these outstanding recipients will use their skills and knowledge to contribute as the IoT evolves.

For more than 30 years B+B SmartWorx has been a company that designs, engineers and manufactures network connectivity equipment for rugged and remote conditions. B+B SmartWorx products enable networks to adapt and evolve into more autonomous, smarter, responsive and decisive systems. Formerly B&B Electronics, B+B SmartWorx enables solutions that add new layers of sophistication to existing M2M data networks and provide dramatic new capabilities to improve a network’s efficiency and productivity. In 2016, B+B SmartWorx became part of the global Advantech family, and is now operating as B+B SmartWorx powered by Advantech with a primary location in Ottawa.

A reception for the scholarship recipients was held in late July at the B+B SmartWorx location in Ottawa. The recipients were joined by family members and the leadership staff of B+B SmartWorx. On behalf of the SRCCF and B+B SmartWorx, congratulations to these most worthy scholarship recipients.

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