The CT FIRST Alumni Network (CTFAN) is the official alumni organization for CT FIRST. CTFAN is open to all FIRST graduates with a connection to Connecticut.
ABOUT THE CT FIRST ALUMNI NETWORK
The CT FIRST Alumni Network (CTFAN) mission is to inspire high school graduates of FIRST programs, enabling them to be a self-driven organization that provides mutual benefits, while seeking to strengthen their passion for science and technology by building and sharing on the strengths of each other.
The CT FIRST Alumni Network (CTFAN) will enable all members to stay connected and will provide them with resources and education for continuous learning. The organization will engage in the FIRST and overall Connecticut communities through community outreach and FIRST promotional events. Through CTFAN, members will stay connected with industry leaders and cultivate their career paths.
WHO CAN JOIN?
To be eligible to join CTFAN you:
• must be a senior in high school or a high school graduate
• must have been involved in FIRST as a student before graduating
• must have some connection to Connecticut (currently live in, work in, attend college in, or were on a CT team when you were in school).
CTFAN members will have the opportunity to…
• learn about FIRST events in Connecticut
• learn about mentor and volunteer opportunities with FIRST
• create career development opportunities through mentoring and coaching
• learn about job and internship opportunities
• apply for special CTFAN scholarships
• network with fellow FIRST alumni
• share your experiences with current FIRST participants and sponsors
• and much, much more
HOW CAN I JOIN?
It’s as simple as filling-out an online form.
CT FIRST ALUMNI NETWORK SCHOLARSHIP
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established in 2012 thanks to a generous donation by the United Technologies Corporation, helps to support members of CTFAN pursuing higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is the first and only FIRST scholarship to support graduate education (it supports undergraduate education too). It is also the only scholarship open to graduate of all FIRST programs.
Scholarship applications for 2013 have now closed. Please check back in early 2014 for the 2014 application.
MEET THE 2013 WINNERS
Alum of FRC Team 178, The Second Law Enforcers, from Farmington, CT
John Solder was a member of FIRST FTC Team 577, which had its base of operations in John’s home basement. John joined the team as a high school junior, and continues his FIRST involvement, now as a college student at Yale. John wrote that his FIRST experiences were invaluable, especially the spirit of being fearlessly inquisitive and graciously professional. He not only cherishes these in his robotics involvement, but he also feels that what he learned through FIRST will shape all his future endeavors. For example, he believes that his FIRST experiences were important in shaping his approach laboratory research at Yale in optogenetics, which earned him first place CT Science Fair Awards from Alexion and Pfizer and the Gerber Medal of Excellence, national and international awards at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, American Academy of Neurology, National Institute of Health and Intel, as well as authorship on a publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He felt very honored to have received the United Technologies Corporation-FIRST Scholarship, which he wrote will be important to his studies and laboratory work at Yale and that, with it, he will do his best to honor all he has learned through FIRST.
Carolyn Michener – 2012
Tom Carlone – 2012
HOW DO I START A SCHOLARSHIP?
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a CTFAN scholarship for 2014, let us know at email@example.com.
The CT FIRST Alumni Network is a program of CT FIRST.