ARRL Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Our first ARRL scholarship winner has been announced in QST this month.

The Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) Scholarship – Nicola Thompson, K0MTC, of Platte City, MO

The full list of recipients can be viewed at –

As MARCO President, I have written Nicola a letter of congratulations and have asked her to tell us more about herself…her education, ham radio and career ambitions.

In addition to the 2018 ARRL MARCO Scholarship the 2018 Foundation for Amateur Radio MARCO scholarship recipient has also been announced. Congratulations to Kelsey Seymour, K3LSY. Kelsey’s bio follows. He has already joined MARCO as a student member and is a participant on our google group reflector.

Kelsey is from Wellsboro, PA. He attends Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a major in nursing science and a minor in information systems. After he receives his bachelor’s at Mansfield, he plans to further his education by attending a graduate school for a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Emergency Medicine.

After receiving his Technician in April 2012, he quickly upgraded to Extra in 9 months. He has since received the RCA Young Achiever Award, Spoke about Emergency Preparedness and high-altitude ballooning at the Dayton Hamvention. In his free time, he enjoys tinkering with new fields in radio, as well as portable and QRP operating. Kelsey had won the Single Op QRP Category in the EPA Section during the 2015 November Sweepstakes. Kelsey currently serves as a member in the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, attended the 2017 National Scout Jamboree to serve on Ham Radio Staff, Equipment Manager for the PA Grand Canyon Repeater Group (NR3K), and is a member of the Pennsylvania Auxiliary Communications Service.

Kelsey has a love for the outdoors and enjoys taking his hobbies with him. He is an Eagle Scout who is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 2220 in Liberty, PA, serves on the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally Committee, and volunteers his spare time as an EMT with Wellsboro Ambulance.

73, Jay Garlitz, AA4FL