WMS Scholarships and Educational Support in 2021

WM Symposia, Inc. (WMS) is grateful for our Sponsor’s support to provide scholarships to students developing careers in the safe management of nuclear materials and to participate in the WM Conference. The dedication to the next generation of our industry’s workforce will continue to be at the forefront of the WMS and Roy G. Post Foundation. With the generous support of our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees, WMS is able to support more than $200,000 in scholarships and educational support in 2021.

This year with the help of Sponsors, WMS has contributed $90,000 in Roy G. Post scholarships, in addition to $30,000 to STEM program scholarships, and $10,000 to HBCU nuclear engineering programs. As a result of such generosity over 20 students will receive scholarships to help finance their school in 2021 and 55 STEM Educators will receive free access to the WM2021 STEM Resources.

The WM2021 and Roy G. Post Foundation efforts will expand to offer an additional $44,000 in seven memorial scholarships. Fluor will donate for four scholarships earmarked for the Tri-Cities Community in honor of George Jackson to honor his leadership of vital Hanford missions, continue his steadfast support of the Tri-Cities community, and carry his legacy forward to future generations of students.  BWXT, N3B Los Alamos, Longenecker & Associates and Tetra Tech have teamed again this year to provide three scholarships in New Mexico to memorialize the careers of Danny Nichols, N3B at Los Alamos, and Dennis Huddleston, New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  

John and Bonnie Longenecker have contributed $25,000 in scholarships to the Roy G. Post Foundation in a pledge to contribute $250,000 between 2020 – 2030. Their vision is to challenge the nuclear leadership interested in giving back to an industry which has been a big part of their lives and to pledge support for the next generation of bright young minds.

WMS is grateful for the individual contributions from ARS International, Fluor, Framatome, NAC International, University of Birmingham, Tidewater, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Omaha Public Power District – Fort Calhoun Station, totaling nearly $2,500. These contributions continue to show the impact our constituents can make for the next generation. 

To date, WMS and the Roy G. Post Foundation have provided more than $4 million in scholarships and educational assistance to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in our industry. In addition to the scholarships awarded to graduate and undergraduate students, WMS is devoted to fostering STEM K-12 engagement to support future workforce needs.