The Signer Award

A four-year college scholarship for students seeking a degree in electricity, electronics, or electrical engineering.

History

Mr. John J. Signer graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in 1924. With an electronics background he became a radio operator in the Merchant Marines. Years later, his classmate Mr. James Mayfield Kaye helped Mr. Signer establish a memorial fund which would benefit annually a graduate from his former school. Today the trust Mr. Signer set aside has distributed over $350,000 to 38 LWHS graduates. Currently, the award is worth approximately $7,000 a year for each of four years of college study. The award is announced annually. LWHS is grateful to Mr. Signer for his foresight, generosity, and support.

Eligibility

The John J. Signer Memorial Fund Scholar is chosen by the Trustees of the Fund after consultation with the school’s administration. Mr. Signer instructed his trustees to consider the following stipulations before choosing the annual winner: 
  • The student must demonstrate an intention to pursue a four-year college degree in Electricity, Electronics, or Electrical Engineering. (Note: The Trustees also consider related fields such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Robotics.) 
  • The student must have shown exceptional academic ability while at LWHS. 
  • The student must be in need of funds for further education, but need not be destitute to be chosen.

Provisions

The student may attend the college or university of their choice. The award is given in four annual installments each following a review of the student’s curriculum and achievement. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory progress in both areas. There need not be a winner each year. Winners are chosen and funds granted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual preference.

Application 2018–19

Any LWHS senior who meets the eligibility criteria and desires to be considered for the John J. Signer Memorial Scholarship should signal their intention by speaking with Assistant Head of School Randy Barnett by Mon, May 13 of the spring semester. Candidates are then asked to submit a brief essay detailing their interest in electricity, electronics, or electrical engineering no later than Mon, May 20. On the basis of this essay and a transcript of work completed, eligible candidates will be invited to a 30 minute interview with the Fund Trustee. The interviews will take place on Tue, May 21.

Recipients

1974
1975
1976
1977 
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
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1987
1988
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1990
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2014 
2015 
2016 
2017 
2018 
2019 
Kevin Jaeger
Paul Wingerd
Benjamin Mendelsohn
Sean Coughlin
Kevin Connell
Paul Sarnsen
Alan Steinberg
David Egert
Patrick Rigney
Kalman Deutsch
Martin Azevedo
Anthony Stringer
Neil Talbot
Daniel Casey
Cynthia Wong
Paul-Henri Arnaud
Gabriel Wachob
Adam Tilgman
Sam Sapoznick
Sola Grantham
Kwesi Davis
Michael Grantham
Gabriel Risk
Jordan Miller
Morgan Venable
Nick Martin
Elie Boyle
Jesse Escobedo
Ian Patterson
Patrick Mulligan
Riaz Zaidi
Laker Sparks
Michael DeLiso
Alexander Fan 
Ed Foley
Jessica Lee 
Paul Moran
Michael Yuen-Hurwitz
Robbie Ostrow
Andrew Rauch
Or Oppenheimer
Emma Rose Wirshing
Justin Morgan
David Ludeke
Isaac Lau
Hannah Hanif



Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.