EMCO Technologies, of Batoln Rouge, has pledged scholarship funds to students enrolled in the Capital Area Technical College’s information technology program.

Under the terms of the scholarship, EMCO will award four $500 scholarships to students each year.

Regina White and Ross Bergeron have been named the first two spring 2013 recipients, according to a Capital Area Technical College news release.

CATC spokeswoman Tammy Brown said White quit her job in Georgia as a recreational therapist and moved to Baton Rouge to take care of her ailing father.

After her move, White began looking for a new career, reaching a turning point when she got a new computer and began teaching herself how it worked.

Today, White has a 4.0 grade-point average at CATC and is pursuing a career as an information technology administrator.

Brown said Bergeron’s previous job as a master control operator at a television station inspired his interest in the IT field.

He enrolled in the CATC IT program in 2011 and has also maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. He is looking forward to a career as an IT Administrator or a network security specialist.

The scholarships will be used to help pay tuition and fees.

The remaining EMCO scholarships are earmarked for one student who has received an A-plus certification demonstrating competency as a computer technician while in high school, and a female student who meets certain financial need requirements, has at least 2.5 gpa and is selected by a scholarship committee.