2016 PWARC Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Carly Ann Quintana who was awarded the 2016 PWARC Scholarship! The award is given in recognition of scholastic achievement in the fields of science, electronics, and/or Mass communication.
Frank presenting award to Carly Ann Quintana
PWARC President Frank Dunn (KD0WEA) presents the 2016 PWARC Scholarship to Carly Ann Quintana

2015 PWARC Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Nicholas Autobee of Pueblo West High school who was awarded the $500 PWARC Scholarship! The award is given in recognition of scholastic achievement in the fields of science, electronics, and/or Mass communication.
Frank presenting award to Nicholas Autobee
PWARC President Frank Dunn (KD0WEA) presents the 2015 PWARC Scholarship to Nicholas Autobee

PWARC Scholarship Information

An annual scholarship will be made available to a graduating Pueblo West High School student who has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and will be majoring in science or electronics in college or other school of higher education. Club members and their relatives are not eligible for the scholarship. The student must be a legal resident and citizen of the United States of America.

Scholarship amounts may vary on available funds and the amount will be set annually by vote of the club members. For 2014 the award was set at $500.00. Scholarships will be publicized through the high school Guidance Counselor’s office. Students shall prepare a 250-300 word essay listing public service activities, honors, academic awards, plans for college and post-collegiate goals, and how the scholarship would be useful to them. Applications, essays and letters of recommendations from faculty, counselors, public service, employment, etc. are to be sent to the club Secretary listed on the application.

The Secretary will number them and distribute to the club’s Board of Directors (with no identifiable information) for judging and selecting the top three choices and from those, they will vote to determine the winner.

In the event the Board feels no suitable applications have been submitted, the club may retain the scholarship. The Secretary will contact the Pueblo West High School Scholarship Office with the results. A representative of PWARC will present a scholarship certificate at the annual Pueblo West High School graduation ceremony.

Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the school of the student’s choice to be applied to the student’s first quarter enrollment fees. If the student does not enroll for the first quarter of the current year, the scholarship will be awarded to the runner-up and sent to the school of his/her choice to be applied toward enrollment fees.


10 Feb 2014 - Scholarship Article in Pueblo West View

On Monday, Feb 10, The Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club (PWARC.com) presented its annual scholarship program to J.T. Turner, Scholarship and Career Coordinator at Pueblo West High School. The club is honored to make this $500 scholarship available to local students as a furtherance of its community service and outreach.

The scholarship is open to any graduating Pueblo West High School student who has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and will be majoring in science or electronics in college or other school of higher education. Qualifying students will be asked to prepare a 250-300 word essay listing public service activities, honors, academic awards, plans for college and post- collegiate goals, and how the scholarship would be useful to them.

Applications, essays and letters of recommendations from faculty, counselors, public service, employment, etc. are then sent to the PWARC Secretary where identifying information is removed. The club Board of Directors are then empaneled to select the top three choices. From these three, they will vote to determine the final recipient who will be awarded the scholarship at the Pueblo West High School graduation ceremony.

The Amateur Radio Service (sometimes known as "ham" radio) is a public service and emergency-oriented organization with many diverse forms of communication. From simple radio-to-radio contact, the hobby spans everything from satellite to moon-bounce, from repeaters to reflecting signals off the ionosphere...and much, much more! The sky isn’t even a limit to what can be accomplished in the hobby.

Everything hams do, whether conversation just for fun, making contacts around the world, or practicing on many various "Nets" is geared toward enhancing their ability to provide reliable communication when the need arises. This includes the ability to operate without power, cell service and/or internet as well as the ability to conduct all forms of communication not only from home, but also in any type of adverse field or portable conditions. The three recent forest fires are examples of local and regional Amateurs aiding the various emergency service agencies.

Today’s youth are into texting from cell phones. However, there exists scenarios that could bring cell service down. Amateur Operators can continue "texting" or sending messages via radio under such conditions. This popular communication method (known as "packeting") comes in many formats, is conducted at high-speed, and can be independent of cell, internet service or electrical power. Many young Amateur Radio enthusiasts find this area of the hobby very appealing.

As one of its priorities, the Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club is dedicated to helping educate any individual with a desire to learn about the tremendous variety within the Amateur Radio Service. The Scholarship Program is just one of many programs and events that PWARC conducts.

Calling itself "A Friendly Radio Club" PWARC meets every 3rd Saturday at 2pm at the Pueblo West Library, King Rm A or B, and visitors are ALWAYS WELCOME.