W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship

The W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Northern California Chapter, NECA in memory of the late W. Creighton Schwan. The Schwan family donated funds so the scholarship may continue for a few years and Creighton’s legacy may be honored and his great contribution remembered and emulated.

W. Creighton Schwan dedicated his life to the electrical industry. Starting over 60 years ago as an electrician for the Army Air Corp., Creighton eventually settled into the San Francisco area and contributed to the area as an electrician, an electrical contractor, and eventually an electrical inspector.

In the 1960’s he was hired as a field representative by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). This job took him all around the western United States and made him a familiar figure throughout the electrical construction industry. During this same period, Creighton studied electrical engineering at night through correspondence courses, finally receiving his Professional Engineer (P.E.) designation from the state of California, as hard-earned distinction of which he was very proud.

Following his retirement from NEMA in 1976, Creighton Schwan embarked on a new career as an independent code consultant and author. He co-authored two well-known textbooks, Practical Wiring and Wiring Simplified. More recently, he had finished a history of the National Electrical Code (collaborating with Electrical Contractor columnist David E. Shapiro).

He was a member of IAEI and a 65-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). A good colleague, generous mentor and graceful writer, W. Creighton Schwan helped generations of electrical contractors, electricians and electrical inspectors sharpen their code knowledge and improve their professionalism.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in a  college program at a vocational college, community college or college/university in the counties of Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne, with a focus in construction management for the electrical industry, electrical engineering or electrical inspection.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a strive to better themselves through education.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, or have permanent resident status.
  • Applicant should demonstrate community service.
  • This scholarship is to assist in paying for course fees.


Applications are due by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Scholarship Value:

One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.