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Two @OhioStateECE win tech scholarships

Two Ohio State Electrical and Computer Engineering students were top winners in the recent VentureNEXT 2015 student scholarship awards.

Senior Electrical Engineering (EE) majors Michael Fearer and Creighton Parent both earned scholarships of $2,500 for their "promise and passion" in technology and innovation. The student scholarship awards are open to young adults attending a high school, college, or university in the 15-county Central Ohio region.

The VentureNEXT award ceremony took place on October 22 in Columbus and was presented by Rev1Ventures at the LC Pavillion. The event features the Central Ohio region’s top entrepreneurs, startups, investors, inventors, innovative corporations, community leaders, and economy developers for an evening of connection, information and recognition.

Find a full story on Fearer, Creighton and other winners at the link HERE.

Fearer was nominated for his first start-up company, InternWire, a website where students can post reviews of their past internships, find open internships, and determine which companies are a best fit for them by perusing peer comments. In other recent achievements, The Lantern newspaper recently featured his company.

Fearer held previous internships at Nikola Labs, GE, Marathon Petroleum, HI Tecmetal Group and Electrolock, Inc. He plans to start a renewable energy company someday.

Parent, joined by a team of fellow Ohio State students and alumni, launched Loom Labs and its flagship product, Thread - a mobile messaging application that enables Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled users to communicate in technologically underdeveloped areas, during natural disasters and during hostile government conditions.

Parent was nominated by Luke Murray, co-owner and founder of Aspire Benefit Services, who was impressed with the student's passion for startups. Parent's internship with Murray soon turned into a full-time job, working on key projects for the company - such as development and maintenance of critical databases that included more than 1000 insurance products; managing web design SEM, and SEO projects, as well as software integration across carriers.