Ennes Educational Foundation Trust Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust has awarded four scholarships for 2016. Winners were chosen from applications received by July 1, 2017, from the previous 12 months.

The Harold E. Ennes Scholarship, Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship and John H. Battison Founder’s Scholarship are awarded to individuals interested in continuing or beginning their education in broadcast engineering and technology. The Youth Scholarship is specifically for a graduating high school senior interested in broadcast engineering as a career. Each scholarship awarded this year is for $1,500.

Clifford WhiteThis year the Harold E. Ennes Scholarship recipient is Clifford White of Tyler, TX. Cliff grew up near Tyler, TX, in a very technically inclined family. His father, Steve, has owned a small computer software company since the 1970s. Being around this technology, coupled with a unique curiosity, and nurtured a desire for all things technical. He discovered amateur radio at the age of 14, and within two months earned his Extra Class license. Being one of the few younger members of the local ham radio club, many of the older Elmers would give him old or broken equipment, which he would learn to fix. He learned most of knowledge of electronics from reverse engineering and repairing these old radios, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and similar other devices. Several of his ham radio acquaintances worked in the broadcast industry, and he soon began following them around learning about the big radios. He is currently a senior at LeTourneau University, where he is studying for an engineering degree. When not in school, he works as a consulting engineer for many radio stations in the East Texas area.

Thomas CarlisleReceiving the Robert Greenberg Scholarship is Thomas Carlisle of Mesa, AZ. Tom began his career in broadcast working as a freelance system design engineer focusing on recording studios, post-production facilities, and broadcast facilities in 2000 while based in New York City. In Dec 2004, Tom joined the staff of Trade the News. For the next eight years he helped design and expanded its web-based subscription Squawk Box service. In 2012, Tom joined Fox News as a broadcast maintenance assistant of the Quartermasters department. In 2014, Tom moved to Phoenix, AZ, to join the staff of NBC-affiliate KPNX as the staff broadcast maintenance engineer. In 2016, Tom jointed the staff at Sneaky Big Studios as studio engineer and currently manages all broadcast and technical operations. Tom received his CBTE in 2017, and is furthering his education at Mesa Community College to focus on preparation to take the test for his CBNE and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) in 2018 upon completion of the Cisco Networking Academy – CCNA program.

Timothy KyobeThe John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship has been awarded to Timothy Kyobe of Kampala, Uganda. Timothy started his professional journey as a radio broadcast and IT engineer seven years ago at the age of 25 at Capital Radio Limited, Kampala, Uganda, which is part of Radio Africa Group. That same year he completed his two-year university diploma in telecommunications engineering at the Uganda Institute of Information And Communications Technology. He is proud to be a Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer and Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer through the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He joined the SBE in 2015 when his employer sponsored him to attend the 139th AES convention in New York, where he met two SBE members whom he looks up to as role models. He had never known of any certified broadcast engineer in his country and is proud to be the first and only certified broadcast radio engineer and certified broadcast networking engineer in Uganda and East Africa.

Katy GerberKaty Gerber of Anaheim, CA, received the Youth Scholarship. As an incoming freshman attending California State University of Monterey Bay, Katy will study human communications and cinematic arts. With this education, she will enter the field of broadcast media to direct and inform an audience on ways to go about conscious living and consumerism. She currently works as a paid intern at Empire Media Productions where she provides media services to local government.

SBE President Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, said, “Education continues to be a focal point of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and through the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, we can assist deserving candidates with Ennes Scholarships to support their education in broadcast engineering.”

The Harold Ennes Scholarship Fund Trust was initiated by Indianapolis Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the Certification Program. To encourage greater growth, the Scholarship Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981. The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust to fully embrace its expanded role.

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