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EGSA Announces David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship Winners for 2010-11

Posted On: 9-21-2010

The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) Scholarship Committee has completed its review of credentials and ranking of applications and, at the direction of the EGSA Board of Directors, has awarded twelve $2,500 scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

The David I. Coren Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to qualified students and is designed to have a positive impact on personnel shortages and will be an excellent vehicle for enhancing awareness of the industry. The competitive, merit-based scholarships are awarded to qualified students who plan on pursuing a career in the On-Site Power industry. In addition to their career focus, applicants must be full-time students, have a declared major related to On-Site Power, and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA.

EGSA launched the David I. Coren Scholarship Program in 2002 to promote awareness of the On-Site Power Generation industry and to generate interest in On-Site Power careers. The move came in response to the growing need for skilled On-Site Power personnel. While the Association has an established and widely recognized On-Site Power School education program of its own, the Board of Directors noted the industry’s need for highly educated individuals from a variety of applicable disciplines.

Scholarships were awarded to:
• Zachorey R. Arel (Universal Technical Institute)
• Kyle L. Brown (College of Southern Idaho)
• Timothy E. Funk (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
• Jason M. Hirtzel (Pennsylvania College of Technology)
• Kendon S. Jensen (Idaho State University)
• Ryan A. Krueger (Fox Valley Technical College)
• James A. Robinson (Linn State Technical College)
• Nicholas F. Sudela (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology)
• Wesley B. Stockman (Linn State Technical College)
• Kyle M. Take (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology)
• Gavin S. Tomeny (Universal Technical Institute)
• Nathan M. Vossen (Linn State Technical College)
Information detailing the David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship program—including a Scholarship Program Brochure and an Application Packet—is available on the Association’s web site at For additional information, individuals may contact George Rowley, EGSA Director of Education at or 561-237-5557.

About David I. Coren
David I. Coren received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois while earning his CPA license. After working in the financial sector for nearly a decade, he began his career in On-Site Power at Zenith Controls, headed by his father and 1978-79 EGSA President Arthur Coren. David became active in Zenith’s business development group, strategic planning and marketing. He worked closely with Executive Vice-President and 1998 EGSA President Ron Seftick and was eventually named President of Zenith Controls. At the same time, David became highly active in EGSA by serving as a Conference Presenter, serving on the Convention Planning Committee and chairing the committee in 1998. Sadly, in April of 1999, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor; in September of 2000, we lost him.
David is best remembered by his strong desire to succeed, his potential for leadership within EGSA and his ability to motivate his fellow Association Members in serving the industry. EGSA established the David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship Fund as a means to help those wanting to contribute and work in the On-Site Power Industry. Since its inception, EGSA has provided scholarships to over 60 deserving students and has enabled them to pursue meaningful On-Site Power careers.