Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship

2019-2020 Innovation Scholarship

The Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship is awarded each year to (2) full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree within the School of Business, the School of Engineering, or related majors.

Undergraduate business programs include majors and/or minors in Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, Human Resources, Sales, or any other major within the business program. Mass Communications and Public Relations majors within the School of Liberal Arts are also welcome to apply.

Undergraduate engineering programs are those offering a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

All scholarship winners receive a non-renewable scholarship of $1,000 payable directly to the institution in which they are enrolled.

2019-2020 Winners

Alec Jobbins is currently a junior Mechanical Engineering major at the University of California – Berkeley.  Alec is from South Lake Tahoe, where he grew up ski racing and later coaching.  He is a four time Junior Olympian and state champion for slalom ski racing.  Alec was valedictorian of his graduating class in 2016 at South Tahoe High School, where he  was extremely involved in the National Honor Society and the Key Club, serving his community by participating in numerous volunteer activities.  At U.C. Berkeley, he is an active member of the Berkeley Formula SAE Competition Team, designing and manufacturing formula race cars.  He has also conducted research for an INSTAR Controls Lab at U.C. Berkeley.  Alec is a student member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the International Society of Automation.  He is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.  Alec will be interning at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory this summer, and graduating in May of 2020.


Chris Lopez is a Sophomore in the University Honors Program at Iowa State University studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Music Technology. He had the opportunity this semester to study abroad in Limerick, Ireland and will become a Study Abroad Peer Mentor next year. At Iowa State, he enjoys working on projects both individual and course related. He has been an active member in Critical Tinkers, a project based club for Electrical and Computer Engineers, and served as the website and publications chair for Eta Kappa Nu, an International Honors Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. Last summer, he worked as an Engineering Intern at Crystal Group, and this summer Chris will be working as a Software Engineering Intern with Garmin. He plans to graduate in four years only nine credits shy of a master’s degree. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and swimming with friends. In his future career, Chris would love to be creative in designing new products or ideas. He is honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship.