Cookies Use on AFL Website We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy. Agree
Home / Company / Company Profile / News / 2016 News / AFL Presents 2016-2017 Naruse Academic Scholarship Awards

AFL Presents 2016-2017 Naruse Academic Scholarship Awards


Alberta, Canada and Spartanburg, SC – AFL awarded the 2016-2017 Naruse Academic Scholarship to two individuals this year. Jon Latimer, son of Brian Latimer, services field technician for AFL in Canada, and Katherine Featherstone, daughter of Richard Featherstone, director of manufacturing growth and capital projects for AFL, have both shown exemplary academic success and community involvement.

Jon Latimer is graduating from Medicine Hat High School in Canada where he was a dedicated member of the school band and performed in several concerts each year. Jon is an avid volunteer at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, City of Medicine Hat Litter Blitz and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Since early childhood, Jon has aspired to become a teacher and is following his aspirations by pursuing a degree in Humanities at Medicine Hat College with plans to continue his education at a post-secondary institution for education.

Jason Henderson, AFL’s executive director of premise services, and Jordan Young, senior vice president of premise services, presented the award to Jon.

“Jon is thoughtful, engaging and articulate,” commented Henderson. “I am confident that his determination and work ethic will serve him well throughout the rest of his academic career.”

The second recipient is Katherine Featherstone who graduated with distinction from J.L. Mann High School in South Carolina. Having served as co-captain of the varsity tennis team, senior class treasurer and as President of Service for J.L. Mann’s National Honor Society, Katherine was also active with Mann Nation (J.L. Mann’s Spirit Club), Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Forensics Club. Katherine will be pursuing a degree in sociology at Clemson University this fall.

Each year, AFL awards a four-year scholarship to the son or daughter of a North American-based AFL associate entering a college or university. The scholarship was named in memory of Toshihide Naruse, Managing Director of Fujikura, AFL’s parent company. Mr. Naruse’s contributions to AFL were significant, and because of his personal interest in higher education, AFL continues to honor his memory.

For more information about AFL and its Community Outreach Program,

Pictured (left to right): Brian Latimer, Roxanne Latimer, Jon Latimer, Jason Henderson (AFL Executive Director, Premise Services West)

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting OEM, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Corie Culp
Community Relations Manager