Before we recognize this year’s BearCom Scholars, we are pleased to announce that through the generosity of Jerry Denham, CEO & Co-Founder and Brent Bisnar, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder this exciting program has been extended another 5 years, through the year 2023! This scholastic program recognizes deserving employees’ children who demonstrate scholastic ability, character, diversity and plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. This program was conceived by Jerry and Brent as a way to give back to those BearCom employees and their families who have shown a tenured commitment of three years or more to BearCom’s success.
Thank you Jerry and Brent!
Now without any further delay, we are pleased to announce the BearCom Scholars program winners for the academic year of 2017-2018. This year, the program has increased from recognizing four winners to recognizing seven accomplished honorees!
The 2017 BearCom Scholars winners are:
Michael Cohen, grandson of employee Stefania Cohen who works for BearCom as an Account Executive in the Hasbrouck Heights, NJ location. Michael is attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, where in his first semester he made the Dean’s List. When Michael is not busy studying he enjoys playing tennis and volunteering at church and library events.
Shelby Fletcher, her mother Donna works for BearCom in Dallas. Shelby is a two-time winner and studying at the University of Texas-Austin. She is studying sports management and hopes one-day to become an athletic director. During the Summer Shelby is working for the City of Garland as both a swimming and gymnasium supervisor.
Samantha Kamelhar, her father Jeff is the GM of the NY/NJ branch location for BearCom. Samantha is Theater Arts major at Hofstra University. Vice President of her Alpha Psi Omega sorority, Samantha is also the recipient of Hofstra’s Richard F. Mason Award, awarded to a deserving student actor/actress majoring in Drama and Theater Arts.
Arleigh Kritsky, her father Arn is the GM of the Chantilly, VA branch for BearCom. Arleigh will attend the American University in Washington, DC this fall to study International Studies. Passionate for community service, Arleigh was awarded her high school’s PTSA, “Making a Difference Award” for her leadership in mentoring.
Clarissa Mendez, her mother Socorro works for BearCom as the Rental Manager in Denver, CO. Clarissa recently completed her undergraduate degree, where she was recognized with both the National Honor Society and Psychology Honor Society. This Fall, Clarissa will begin her graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Denver, where she is looking forward to a career as a licensed social worker.
Darius Mortazavi, both of his parents, Nader and Suzzie work for BearCom in Dallas. Darius is attending Texas A&M University where he is studying Engineering. During his freshman year at Texas A&M, Darius was selected as the mentorship chair for the university’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers and still found time to play intramural soccer and participate in the Aggie – Challenge Research Team.
Emily Ybarra, her father Andrew works for BearCom as a Field Service Technician in Houston, TX. This Fall, Emily will be attending Abilene Christian University, after a very successful high school career. As a National Honor Society winner, President of the Leadership Institute, ACU Cheerleader and Homecoming Queen, Emily is well prepared to begin her studies in Pre-Physical Therapy at Abilene Christian University.
“We congratulate all the students and families that participated,” said Denham. “When we began this program, we wanted to express our gratitude and appreciation to the employees for their tremendous contributions to the success of our company. Hopefully, these scholarship awards will help offset some of the rising costs of higher education.” The BearCom Scholars program is available to all full-time employees with three years or more tenure with dependent children who are high school seniors, current college/university students, vocational students or graduate school students 25 years or younger seeking full-time education.
The BearCom Scholars program will be open for applications in mid-April 2018, awards are granted on an annual basis. BearCom Scholars do not renew each year, but employees/students can apply each year for consideration. Awards are granted on merit without consideration for financial need and selected by an independent third party, “Scholarship America.”
For more information, contact Jennifer Holt, BearCom Director of People Strategy, 214.765.7234