Tech Collective and Partners Award $6,500 in Scholarships

Three Rhode Island students receive scholarships to pursue careers in IT fields.

Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Industry Association for IT and Bioscience, today announces the recipients of $6,500 in IT scholarships. The scholarships, funded individually by Fibertech Networks, Lighthouse Computer Services, and the Doug Schwinn Scholarship Fund, were awarded to three students demonstrating scholastic and leadership achievements and pursuing careers in the IT fields at a Rhode Island college or university.

2010 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Isamar Morales – $3,000 Fibertech Networks / Tech Collective Scholarship. Isamar is a Hope High School graduate who will pursue a Computer Engineering major at the University of Rhode Island this fall.
  • Kyle Morse – $1,000 Lighthouse Computer Services / Tech Collective Scholarship. Kyle is a Computer Information Systems graduate of Bryant University and an active member of Rhode Island Air National Guard.
  • Nicole Higginbotham – $2,500 Doug Schwinn / Tech Collective Scholarship. Nicole is a Computer Information Systems graduate of Bryant University and is an intern at FM Global.

“We are extremely honored to team up with the Tech Collective to support and encourage young women in computer science and technology in the Providence community,” said Curtis Fox, regional sales director for Fibertech. “Our hope is that the scholarship fund will not only help this year’s very deserving recipient, but also assist many other students in the years to come.”

“It’s always exciting to see bright young men and women choosing a career in IT, and Lighthouse is happy to support that each year through these scholarships,” said Lighthouse CEO Tom Mrva. “I admire Kyle’s dedication to learning and serving his country,” he added.

“Investing in our young people’s future is what leads to change”, said Jo Ann Johnson, Tech Collective’s manager of youth and education programs. “Tech Collective is proud to be a part of developing the RI workforce pipeline.”   

The 2010 scholarship recipients were honored at Tech Collective’s Tech Laureates Night 2010: Tech in Motion awards dinner on June 3rd at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. For more information about the scholarships, please visit 

About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $6M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, Tech Laureates’ Night and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective, please visit

Giselle LaFrance

Manager of Media Relations       
Tech Collective


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