2017 Scholarship Winner


OXNARD, CA—BIRNS, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance lights and connectors for the subsea and nuclear power markets, has announced that Rayna Kanapuram has been awarded its annual Debra K. Geist Memorial Scholarship. The Newbury Park High School student was honored at a ceremony at the company where she was given a scholarship award of $500 to be used for college in the fall.

The late Debra Geist was BIRNS’ Purchasing Agent for many years, before her sudden and tragic passing. In her memory, the company launched an annual college scholarship program to encourage and recognize high school students in Ventura County with strong leadership potential, committed to the pursuit of excellence in a business career. Miss Kanapurum is a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar finalist, with a Black Belt from the International Shotokan Karate Federation in Japan. She is the cofounder of the Girls Who Code Club, teaching high school girls computer programming with her own curriculum. Miss Kanapuram will be attending University of California, Berkeley as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar in the fall.

“We are so impressed with Miss Kanapuram’s many scholastic and personal achievements,” says Eric Birns, President and CEO of BIRNS. “She is an outstanding young woman, and perfectly embodies the spirit of this scholarship program.”


About BIRNS, Inc.,

Founded in 1954, BIRNS, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance lighting and connector systems for deep ocean, marine, military and nuclear power applications.  For more information, contact BIRNS Inc., 1720 Fiske Place, Oxnard, CA, 93033 Phone: 805-487-5393 ∙ US Toll Free 1-888-BIRNS-88 Fax: 805-487-0427 ∙ https://www.birns.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BIRNSInc. ∙ https://twitter.com/BIRNS_Inc .∙ https://www.youtube.com/user/BIRNSInc .  https://www.linkedin.com/company/birns-inc- . https://instagram.com/birnsinc#


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