Washburn Tech Honors Fall 2015 Scholarship Recipients

October 1, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – Investing in the future is the idea behind the many scholarships given to students at Washburn Tech. This semester, more than $60,000 in scholarships have been awarded to recipients, who were honored at a Scholarship Recognition event on Thursday, October 1, on the Washburn Tech campus.

“This funding comes from various supporters in the community including private individuals, business and industry in addition to state and local government groups,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “These partners, which include GO Topeka/JEDO and BNSF Railway, make it possible for us to train tomorrow’s workforce and continue to help grow our community and local economy.”

The generosity of individual donors is making a difference, as well. This is the second year in a row that Jean and Charles Beaman, of Topeka, have provided scholarship dollars to a Washburn Tech student. Jean, who’s retired from BNSF, and Charles, a retiree from the Topeka VA Medical Center, said they’re sold on Tech’s mission.

“We just prefer our money to go where we know it will help,” said Jean Beaman. “We believe that Washburn Tech students are entering the workforce with a better knowledge. It’s a great school and graduates are going to get a job.”

Sgt. 1st Class Darwyn Luat, recipient of the Beaman Scholarship, is currently in the Kansas Army National Guard and is an Advanced Systems Technology (AST) student at Washburn Tech. Luat said the AST program is allowing him to build-on the computer knowledge he’s learned in the military and apply it to the field of robotics. He plans to graduate in May.