In 2011, recognizing the increasing cost of post-secondary education, NECA developed a scholarship program to assist its members. The program is self-funding through money raised at dinner meetings and the golf outing. Since then, it has awarded 17 $1,000-scholarships. In 2018, in recognition of Tom Rando’s contributions to the industry and NECA, and the many monetary contributions to the program made in his memory, NECA will award one of the $1,000 scholarships in his honor each year.

Recipients are evaluated by a panel of NECA members who consider the following: high school/academic standing, leadership capabilities, community involvement, strength of character, personal achievement, plan of study, and future goals. Financial need also may be considered.

  • To be eligible, an applicant must:
  • Be an employee, full or part time, for at least one year, or immediate family member of an employee, of any NECA-member company
  • Have graduated high school or the equivalent
  • Be enrolled, or plan to enroll, at an accredited post-secondary educational institution full or part time (not limited to traditional academic programs, a trade school, a community college, etc.)
  • Not have won a scholarship from NECA in the last year

Application deadline is April 30, 2019. Contact the NECA office for an application ( or download the application posted on the members-only page of the NECA website