Demanding criteria for the Live EDGE 2008 Student Division yielded no winner, funds to be used to create engineering student scholarships

Premier Farnell plc, the leading multi-channel, high service distributor and its companies announces that scholarships will be created from the $30,000 USD prize money that was allocated for the student division winner of the 2008 Live EDGE Electronic Design Global Environment challenge. The prize money will be evenly distributed between Asia, Europe and the Americas, allotting $10,000 for each region. This year’s entries from the student division did not meet the required terms and conditions as outlined for the Live Edge competition, thus no prize could be awarded. However, keeping inline with Premier Farnell’s commitment to help progress and further the education of engineering students, the company will make it possible for students to apply for a variety of scholarships from the prize money, starting on Friday the 15th of May 2009 via the Live EDGE website,

Scholarship information, terms and conditions will become available at the Live EDGE website on the 15th of May 2009 and entries will close on the 31st of July 2009. Scholarship winners will be announced on the 1st of September 2009. All individual students worldwide, entering on an Electrical and Electronics Engineering course in the 2009 entry year are encouraged to apply.

“This year’s judges found it difficult not to be able to award a winner in the student division of the Live EDGE challenge,” said David Justus, Live EDGE Team Leader. “However, each entry has to meet a strict set of criteria as outlined in the terms and conditions posted on the Live EDGE website, and this year none of the entries were successful in meeting those criteria.”

“Seeing the creativity of this year’s student designs, we want to continue to encourage the development of these environmentally friendly ideas, so our Live EDGE team was set to task to find a way to help these engineering students,” said Kevin Yapp, Chief Innovation Office of Premier Farnell. “After many creative and innovative ideas, the Live EDGE team voted that it would use the Live EDGE winner’s fund to create scholarships that would enable students to further their education.”

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