The Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award is named after one of the most important contributors to the ENTELEC community in our association’s history.

Mr. Black served as General Counsel of ENTELEC starting in the 1970s and continued to contribute until his retirement in 2007. Mr. Black’s legacy carries on through the educational award given annually to a recipient who embodies his passion for the industry:

  • 1959: Mr. Black graduated from the University of Missouri.
  • 1964: Mr. Black received his law degree from George Washington University after starting his career at Keller and Heckman LLP as a Federal Communications Commission licensing specialist.
  • 1960s: Mr. Black represented oil & gas companies, electric utilities and other companies on telecommunications matters before the FCC.
  • 1960s: Mr. Black helped energy companies secure radio authorizations and waivers, participated in FCC rulemaking proceedings, and represented energy companies before U.S. Congress.
  • 1970s onward: Mr. Black served as General Counsel of ENTELEC.
  • 2006: ENTELEC Board established the Wayne V. Black Scholarship Award.
  • 2007: Mr. Black retired from the industry after more than 40 years of active involvement representing oil & gas, electric, and telecommunication companies.
  • 2011: ENTELEC mourned the loss of Mr. Black and renamed the award the “Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award.”


  1. To be eligible for consideration, the Applicant must be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
  2. The Applicant must be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following curricula:
    1. Engineering/Engineering Technology
    2. Computer Science/MIS
    3. Pre-law
    4. Political Science
    5. Telecommunications/Information Technology
  3. The Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen.
  4. Family members of active members of the ENTELEC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.


  1. All applications will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee based upon the Applicant’s biography, essay, GPA and references, as weighted in the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
  2. The amount of the scholarship award as established by the Board of ENTELEC will be $5,000.
  3. Decisions by the Scholarship Committee will be final.


  1. Download the “Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship” Application. You can submit the application via email or by hard copy mailed to our office by the deadline of 4:00 PM CST on January 26, 2018.
  2. Complete the Application and prepare the following documents (ALL submitted documents must be typewritten):
    1. Biography: 1 page. (12-point font, double spaced).
    2. Essay on the topic assigned by the Scholarship Committee.  The essay (including citations, references, bibliography, etc.) shall not be more than 5 pages (12-point font, double spaced). (Essay topic included in the Application.)
    3. A copy of the official transcript of record MAY be required for finalists upon request by ENTELEC.
  3. Documents may be submitted electronically via email to Christi Jones at or you may mail documents to:
    ENTELEC Association
    Scholarship Application
    3341 Regent Blvd., Suite 130 – 325
    Irving, TX 75063
  4. All documents submitted shall become the property of ENTELEC.