Tech Collective and Partners Now Accepting Applications for $7,000 in IT Scholarships

Five scholarships to promote IT industry; fund and develop RI workforce pipeline.

Providence, RI, December 11, 2009 --( Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s IT and Bioscience Industry Association, today releases applications for its 2010 scholarship offerings. The 5 scholarships total $7,000 and are being funded individually by Lighthouse Computer Services, Fibertech Networks and the Doug Schwinn scholarship fund. The scholarships aim to raise awareness around the IT industry, particularly in Rhode Island, and to aid in funding and developing the IT workforce pipeline.

Lighthouse Computer Services / Tech Collective Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship established for 2 Rhode Island high school or post secondary students pursuing careers in the IT field. Students must demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership potential and have an affiliation, either directly or through a parent, to the US Military. Read Guidelines and Download Application.

Fibertech Networks / Tech Collective Scholarship – $3,000 scholarship established for one female Rhode Island high school student planning to pursue a degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or other IT field. The student must provide evidence of interest and participation in IT initiatives throughout high school. Read Guidelines and Download Application.

Doug Schwinn / Tech Collective Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship established for 2 female or minority high school students pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Students must demonstrate commitment, dedication, strong academic record, leadership and a determination to gain a higher education. Read Guidelines and Download Application

"Fibertech is proud to be a part of a scholarship that recognizes young women here in Rhode Island excelling in the field of technology," said Mike Hurley, VP Sales and Marketing for Fibertech Networks. "We expect this kind of scholarship to help foster technical talent that is crucial for area businesses and organizations to meet the expanding IT challenges and opportunities ahead of us."

“To achieve RI’s full economic potential, technology needs to be a larger part of the state’s economy, and building an educated IT workforce is crucial,” said Lighthouse founder and CEO Tom Mrva. “We’re hopeful that the Lighthouse-Tech Collective Computer Sciences Scholarships will open a few doors for talented young people to enter the industry. We were proud to help start this program with Tech Collective last year, and it will help more students in 2010,” he said.

Recipients of any scholarship must be a legal Rhode Island resident and attend a Rhode Island college or university. Lighthouse Computer Systems, Fibertech Networks and the Doug Schwinn scholarship fund will finance the scholarships. Tech Collective will administer them. Scholarship applications must be received by March 2010, please visit specific deadline dates, more information and scholarship applications.

About Lighthouse Computer Services:
Lighthouse Computer Services, a 110-employee firm, is one of R.I.'s fastest-growing technology companies. Founded in 1995, the company now provides technology products and services to more than 450 midsize to large enterprises throughout the Northeast. Today, Lighthouse offers consulting, integration and maintenance services on the latest hardware and software technologies available, including those from IBM, NetApp, VMware, Microsoft and more. Lighthouse placed number 268 in VARBusiness 2009 ranking of the top 500 IT solution provider firms in the U.S. Lighthouse is also winner of IBM's 2009 Beacon Award for Outstanding Service Management Tivoli Solution; 2009 Tivoli Business Partner Innovation Award; 2008 IBM Business Partner Excellence Award for North America; IBM's 2007 Award for Best Compliance Solution; and IBM's 2006 Beacon Award for Overall Technical Excellence in a Business Partner. For more information about the company, please visit

About Fibertech Networks:
Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Fibertech Networks is a leader in providing fiber-optic based network services throughout mid-size cities in the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. The company has built metro-area networks strategically connecting local Telco central offices, carrier hotels, data centers, office parks and other high traffic locations. Founded in 2000 and privately held, Fibertech investors are led by Nautic Partners of Providence, R.I., and Banc of America Capital Investors of Charlotte, N.C. Further information about the company can be found at

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

Tech Collective
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