Three University of Kentucky College of Engineering students, Stewart Jones, Robert Richardson and Abigail Shelton, have been awarded 2017-2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative scholarships. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multi-year scholarships and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences. This year the IEEE PES awarded scholarships to 210 undergraduate students from 116 universities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Since the program launched in 2011, more than $3 million has been awarded in scholarships to 835 students from more than 170 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and prestigious engineering colleges.
Abigail Shelton has also received the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award, which is distributed annually to the top PES Scholar in each of the six IEEE U.S. regions and Canada. The award includes a cash prize, twelve months of student membership in IEEE and IEEE Power and Energy Society, and a travel honorarium to attend the 2018 IEEE PES General Meeting. Shelton is pursuing a PEIK certificate and is scheduled to graduate in May 2018.