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Fellowships & Scholarships

The Women's International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) believes in doing all it can to help those within the industry with their educational pursuits. WiNUP currently has three fellowships available annually to females pursuing advanced degrees (beyond a bachelor’s degree), which will lead to careers in the utility industry or allied fields. Relevant fields must relate to a career in a utility related profession such as engineering, business administration, accounting, environmental sciences, communication, information technologies, and so on.

The applicant must be accepted to a regionally or nationally accredited university.

Both WiNUP Members and non-members are eligible to apply for the fellowships.

Individuals may submit either a hard copy application or an online application. If an application is submitted online, please do not send a hard copy of the application.

WiNUP Hard Copy Fellowship Application 2020

WiNUP Online Fellowship Application 2020

Please note: Hard copy applications must be postmarked on or before May 1 and online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) of each year to be eligible. Fellowship funds will be paid directly to your university. Winners will be notified by June 30 of each year.

The Julia Kiene Fellowship is a grant of $2,000 annually. Ms. Kiene’s career serves as an inspiration to women who pursue careers in the industry. During her long, diversified career, she taught home economics, served as Home Editor of Capper's Farmer and retired from the Westinghouse Corporation. Ms. Kiene was a president of the organization and served on the Board of Directors for WiNUP’s parent organization, The Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc., for many years.
The Lyle Mamer Fellowship, a $1,000 annual grant, was named for a long-time associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Home Economics who dedicated her life to contributing to advancements in the electrical industry. Lyle Mamer, whose family endowed the fellowship in her name was an active member of WiNUP (formerly called Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc.).
The Louisan Mamer Fellowship is a grant of $500 annually. Ms. Mamer was an electric industry pioneer who worked for many years with the Rural Electrification Administration educating rural Americans about the uses of electricity.  She was the first woman to be awarded the Clyde T. Ellis Award in recognition of her service and accomplishments on behalf of electrical cooperatives.  Ms. Mamer joined WiNUP (formerly called Electrical Women's Round Table, Inc.) in 1948 and remained a member until her death in 2006.  Her generous $20,000 contribution to WiNUP enables the organization to fund the annual fellowship in her name. 

WINUP 2020 Fellowship Recipients Announced

Megan Clary

Megan Clary, a Ohio Chapter member, is a senior engineer at American Electric Power. She graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering. She expects to earn her graduate degree in August 2021. 

Besides her involvement in WiNUP, Clary is a member of the STEM Committee of the AEP ADAPT Employee Resource Group. Since 2004, she has raised money and supported various causes through participation in half-marathons/marathons, triathlons and bike rides. A certified Six Sigma Green Belt industrial engineer, she has earned numerous honors including Order of the Engineer, Diageo President’s Spirit of Supply Award, and Diageo CIO Team Award. 

“Over the past 15 years of my career, I’ve continually challenged myself by taking on various roles across various industries in a male-dominated field,” Clary said. “Now, I’m ready for a new challenge — one that will force me to take a step back from the daily grind to allow for self-reflection, a new way of thinking, and a more holistic outlook of big business issues.”

Teresa Turner

An employee of Oncor, Teresa Turner is the vice chair of the North Texas WiNUP Chapter. She has received three educational degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern State University, a master of arts degree from Central Michigan University and an MBA degree from Western Governors University. “It is important for me to continue my education so that I can make a contribution towards emerging energy resources,” Turner said. An area she plans to focus on is electric vehicles and the charging station infrastructure.

Turner is involved with the American Red Cross Diversity Committee, the American Heart Association Leadership Committee, the Shelter for Battered Women, the MLK Center and National Diversity Council

Erin Lehmberg

Erin Lehmberg is on track to receive her post graduate degree in December.  Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Berry College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Inspired by her experiences studying and working in Central and South America while in school and as a graduate, Lehmberg hopes to effect positive change in the utility industry on international level. “I am passionate about international economic development, and a key part of bringing people to better economic and physical well-being is ensuring that they have reliable access to clean water, electricity and other essential utilities,” Lehmberg wrote in her fellowship application. “I hope to influence international policy in the public sector through my research to improve people’s well-being across the globe.”

Lehmberg received the Outstanding Senior in Economics Award from Berry College and participated in the Sigma Delta Pi Academic Honor Club, a Spanish honor society, and the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Academic Honor Club as an undergraduate.

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