Soladigm: winners for scholarship programme announced

Soladigm has announced the first winners in a scholarship programme the company established this year.
The Silicon Valley high-tech manufacturer of energy-efficient glass will give full-tuition, four…

Soladigm has announced the first winners in a scholarship programme the company established this year. The Silicon Valley high-tech manufacturer of energy-efficient glass will give full-tuition, four-year scholarships to two students at Olive Branch High School: Samuel Thompson and Zuzanna Witkiewicz. “At Soladigm, we see first-hand the impact of the great work of our scientists and engineers,” Dr. Rao Mulpuri, the company“s CEO, said, announcing the winners. “Soladigm is proud to support such promising students as they pursue careers in science and engineering. We look forward to continuing this program to build a legacy of success from DeSoto County“s best and brightest.” Both winners say they plan to attend Mississippi State University in Starkville. Thompson plans to pursue a degree in electrical engineering and Witkiewicz in chemistry. Soladigm unveiled the scholarship programme for school board members in February this year, recognizing the need to develop and maintain a workforce for his company and other high-tech industries being recruited to the area. Soladigm is one of a string of advanced technology companies coming to DeSoto County and Northwest Mississippi that will rely on a steady workforce with some advanced training. Twin Creeks, a solar panel manufacturer coming to Senatobia, and Wilh. Schulz GmbH, a German pipe manufacturer locating in Tunica, each hope to employ about 500 workers in the coming years who will need specialized skills. Nominations for next year“s scholarship programme open 2 January 2012. All DeSoto County students in public and private schools are eligible.