SOUTH PORTLAND — James Walker was awarded Norris Inc. $1,000 scholarship on June 7 at Regional School Unit 54’s Skowhegan Area High School. The scholarship is to use toward post-secondary education/training.

The Skowhegan event was attended by Norris Bangor Operations Supervisor, Brooks Thompson (a Skowhegan alum), and Norris Chief Operations Officer, Craig Elkanich.

In order to qualify for the award, students needed to have a 3.0 or better grade point average and be interested in fields of study that are pertinent to the security industry, including fire science, electrical sciences (engineering/electrician, etc.), software development, or network/cyber security. Students were asked to compose an essay explaining their relevant interests and sharing their future plans for study. Winners were chosen by each school’s scholarship committee.

In an interview with Norris Inc., Walker explained why he decided applying for the Norris Inc Technology Scholarship was the right move.

“I was passing in other scholarships I had applied for to the guidance office when Mrs. Bigelow (Guidance Administrative Assistant Jane Bigelow) stopped me for a second to show me the Norris Inc. Technology Scholarship,” Walker said. “When I read the scholarship, I saw that it went along with my major of electrical engineering. I wanted to apply for as many scholarships as I could, especially scholarships pertaining to my major.”

“This kind of support is important to me and my family because I am paying for my college and did not qualify for much financial aid. I greatly appreciate this scholarship because it will very much help me toward paying for my education,” Walker said. “By working out in the field I will gain knowledge that will help me in college.”

Walker plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono in the fall and will major in electrical engineering.

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