SNEATP Hosts 2014 S.T.E.M. Scholarship Gala

Nearly 80 individuals gathered for the 2014 S.T.E.M. Scholarship Gala (SSG) on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at The Bond Ballroom in Hartford, CT. This black tie affair was hosted by the Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals (SNEATP) and helps to raise funds in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) scholarships and programs.

United Technologies was the Title Sponsor of the 2014 SSG and over 30 employees were present amongst other event attendees to partake in this elegant evening that celebrated S.T.E.M. accomplishments in the community. SNEATP is a Connecticut-based Professional chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and consists of several UTC employees involved in the organization at the local, regional and national levels. United Technologies’ longstanding participation with NSBE (locally and nationally) is one in a series of ongoing initiatives that support the company’s efforts in critical skill development, STEM support, and talent acquisition.

The NSBE Region 1 Professionals Executive Board sponsored a table at this event and was there to represent the organization in fine style. With the 2014 – 2015 Region 1 Professionals Chair Mike Burt on assignment with the National Board at Headquarters, 2014 – 2015 Region 1 Professionals Chair-Elect Geoffrey Gabbedon addressed the crowd on behalf of the NSBE Professionals.

During the event SNEATP highlighted key S.T.E.M. program accomplishments throughout the 2013 – 2014 NSBE term, presented several scholarships to high achieving students involved in NSBE and awarded a “Technologist of the Year” in recognition of a significant contribution made within the S.T.E.M. community.

The awardees this year were:

Glenn A. Cassis Scholarship (NSBE Jr.) – Brianna White

Eugene Campbell Scholarship (Collegiate) – Dwayne George

Ralph Phillips Scholarship (Graduate) – Tyler Moxam

Technologist of the Year - Gwendolyn Brantley

The event also featured CT State Representative, Brandon McGee Jr. as the keynote speaker, scholarship award presentation from Executive Director of the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission, Glenn Cassis, reception, seated dinner, live jazz and a social networking party (w/ music by DJ Rob Da Hitman).

“This event was the capstone to another remarkable NSBE term and I look forward to the anticipated growth of this gala in years to come” says Robert Williston Jr., a Pratt & Whitney engineer and the 2013-2014 Chair for SNEATP.

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Professional pics can be found at the following link: