2020 Update on Wilt Hildenbrand scholarship and leadership awards

Last year at the 2019 Cable-Tec Expo, the SCTE Foundation announced the creation of the Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. memorial scholarships and Rising Leader under the age of 40 Award. SCTE Foundation and the YAS foundation partnered to establish the fund to honor Wilt Hildenbrand, a friend and legend in the telecommunications industry who passed away in 2018. The first Rising Leader Award was presented to Chris Zeidel.

This year the Expo and SCTE Foundation event, which was held virtually included three uplifting announcements.

The “Friends of Wilt” raised $40,000 for the fund, a contribution equal to the initial donation of $40,000 made by Rouzbeh Yassini of the YAS Foundation. These generous “Friends” are: The Dolan Family; Mike Lajoie; James Blackley; Rouzbeh Yassini; Yvette Kanouff; Mark Hess; Pragash Pillai; Joe Godas; and Kathy Davis.

Kerry_ZingerThe second Rising Leader Award was presented to Kerry Zinger of Charter Communications where she holds the position of senior manager of software development. Her most recent achievements at Charter have been focused on IPVS application which maximize the user experience of the customers who enjoy Charter’s video streaming products such as the Spectrum TV App. Also notable, Zinger served 8 years in the Army Reserves.

The Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. memorial scholarship was awarded to 5 students attending STEM School Highlands Ranch. All of these winners were friends of Kendrick Castillo, who lost her life saving others at a school shooting earlier this year. The 20,000 award will be shared by Corbin Baird, Katie Butler, Dylan Homesley, Aedin Elise Sarff and Ben Vigil.

Donations to the fund can be made on this page.

The full press release is available here.

In this video Kerry Zinger, accepts the Rising Leader Award