Crystal Group Announces 2021 Innovation Scholarship Recipients

HIAWATHA, IOWA, July 8, 2021Crystal Group, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of its Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship. Marcus B. Walker is a junior marketing major at Florida Atlantic University, and Sam Wang is a senior studying chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

“It is important that we continue to recognize students who repeatedly innovate in their studies, excel professionally, and give back to their communities.” said Scott Kongable, president of Crystal Group. “Marcus and Sam demonstrate these qualities and we are proud to support their goals through this scholarship.”

2021 Innovation Scholarship recipients

Marcus B. Walker is a junior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing his BBA in marketing and advertising. At the age of 15, he founded DriveAndBeDriven LLC, (an automotive media production company). As the editor-in-chief, Marcus creates highly detailed reviews of the newest vehicles on the market. Currently, Marcus is an EV brand experience marketing intern at General Motors. He has also recently accepted an internship with Tesla’s LA Design Studio for Fall 2021. Upon graduation in 2022, Marcus will pursue his MBA. In the future, Marcus aspires to accelerate innovation within the realms of sustainability and autonomous mobility.

Sam Wang is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities majoring in chemical engineering. During his freshman year, Sam was selected to be a project engineer and travel to Paraxaj, Guatemala for Engineers Without Borders to implement a water distribution system for a village of natives who did not have access to fresh water. From this experience, Sam found his passion to use engineering to advance society. In his sophomore and junior years, Sam dove into the technology industry. During this time, he worked as a process engineer intern at Seagate Technology. In this position he led multimillion-dollar projects with production and R&D teams, achieving sustainability and financial targets for the company. Upon graduation, Sam plans to pursue a career that leverages his technology expertise to advance both companies and society.

Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship

The Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship recognizes the academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in both school and community activities of two fulltime students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business, Engineering, or related major. Scholarship recipients receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship payable directly to the institution in which they are enrolled. Details for the 2022 Innovation Scholarship will be posted on

About Crystal Group, Inc.

Crystal Group, Inc. is a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializing in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. A small employee-owned business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides defense, government and industrial markets with integrated solutions that bring seamless, real-time artificial intelligence, autonomy and cybersecurity to demanding edge applications.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards, including MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, and MIL-S-901, and are backed by a five-plus-year warranty. All products are manufactured in the company’s facility, certified to ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D quality management standards.

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