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WIU Graduate Student Receives NSBE Fellows Scholarship

May 14, 2003

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MAY 14, 2003

MACOMB, IL – Lawrence Akpore (Ah CORE a), a graduate assistant in Western Illinois University's engineering technology department, recently received a $1,500 scholarship check from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fellows Scholarship Program.

The NSBE Fellows programs encourages academic excellence as well as organizational and community involvement and awards scholarships to students who possess high professional promise.

Akpore, a native of Nigeria, Africa, received the scholarship based on academic performance in engineering services while working toward his master's degree at WIU. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Akpore came to Western on the recommendation of his cousin, who earned a master's degree in law enforcement and justice administration at WIU.

"I chose Western to get better hands-on training in process quality control and automation," Akpore said. "With my background in chemical engineering, I feel this will make me more versatile and marketable."

In addition to the NSBE, Akpore is a member of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Robotics International and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Akpore, who previously interned with Shell Petroleum in Nigeria as an atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) operator and analyst, will interview with Shell this summer for permanent work. He is scheduled to complete his master's degree at Western in December.

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