Family of Capitol Alumnus Thomas Capshaw Endows Memorial Scholarship
LAUREL, MD (February 21, 2013) – The family of Thomas E. Capshaw has created the Thomas Capshaw Memorial Scholarship to remember the late alumnus of the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (CREI), now known as Capitol College.
Capshaw, a native of Granite Falls, NC, received his degree in electronic engineering technology from the college in 1954. Prior to earning his degree, Capshaw served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War as an engineer. His career in engineering led him to work in Japan, Missouri, California and Maryland. He finished out his career working in the shuttle program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Each year, the scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is majoring in either electronics engineering technology or astronautical engineering, and who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship will be awarded to one student annually in the fall semester with a fall and spring disbursement. Special consideration will be given to students from either North Carolina or Florida (former residences of Capshaw).
“We are most appreciative of the Capshaw family's generous contribution to our future students,” said Capitol College President Dr. Michael T. Wood. “The scholarship will allow opportunities to excel and prosper, for those who wish to pursue technical careers in fields that honor Thomas Capshaw’s legacy, and who need the financial support to achieve their dreams.”
Since more than 80 percent of Capitol’s students receive some form of financial assistance, scholarships like the Thomas Capshaw Endowed Scholarship carry an even greater importance. Many of Capitol’s students are first-generation college students, and may otherwise be unable to pursue their degrees without financial support.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, a Doctor of Science in Information Assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. www.capitol-college.edu.
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