The scholarship is named for the late UNT alumnus Gene Henry Fuhrman (March 27. 1964 to November 25, 2003) Gene graduated from UNT in 1986 with a BBA in Business Computer Information Systems with Cum Laude Honors. He was the son of Alvin and Grace Fuhrman, owners and operators of Nortex Communications, previously known as Muenster Telephone. Gene was considered by family members and co-workers to be a computer whiz, and he played a leading role in developing the company as a provider of internet services to small communities across Cooke County. Gene was killed tragically by a drunk driver in Sanger, Texas, in 2003, leaving behind his wife Kaylynn and a not yet born son, Conner, who arrived four months after his father's death. Gene worked most of his adult life for the family business and was Chief Operating Officer at the time of his death. He was responsible with his father, Alvin, for ensuring that Nortex Communications was an early adopter of many advanced telecommunications technologies which ensured outstanding service to their customers. Nortex service has a reputation as the very best available in rural Texas, and on par with the very best service available in urban areas.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Engineering (or its successor) in effect at the time of any award;
- Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student is nearing completion of his or her degree program and does not need full-time enrollment;
- Enroll as a full-time student in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology (or their successors) at the University; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Engineering (or its successor) at the University will be eligible for consideration; and
- Preference will be given to applicants who are graduates of a high school program in Muenster, Texas; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then preference will be given to applicants who are graduates of a high school program in Cooke County, Texas.
2022 Saroj Pokhrel
2021 Nicholas Bright
2020 Daniel Koelzer