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NFFS Announces Recipients of 2019 NFFS Scholarship Awards

Friday, February 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society has selected two outstanding candidates to receive $1,250 college scholarships from the NFFS Scholarship Fund for 2019. These young adults have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the field of metal casting on their campuses and in their careers.

The first scholarship will go to Richard Clark, a senior studying Mechanical Engineering Technology at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Richard demonstrates an impressive work ethic, having spent the past four years maintaining a full-time schedule at both work and school. Upon graduation this spring, Richard will already have five years of foundry experience, first with Custom Aluminum Foundry, and now as a Quality Assurance Technician with Cambridge Brass, a NFFS member foundry producing brass fittings for the waterworks industry. In the essay accompanying his scholarship application, Richard wrote, “I believe that maintaining a full-time work and school schedule has taught me the importance of a positive and impactful work ethic. I am grateful for the exposure I have received in the short four years since I first walked into the foundry… I take pride in the castings I have produced and am blessed to be a part of the unified community that the metal casting industry offers.”

Thomas Houston, a senior in Manufacturing and Engineering Technology at Tennessee Technological University as well as a U.S. Air Force veteran, earned the second NFFS Scholarship for 2019. Thomas stands out as a candidate for both his leadership and his accomplishments. He has served as President of the American Foundry Society Student Chapter at Tennessee Tech, as well as a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering and a member of the Student Veterans Organization. In 2017, he won the National Skills USA competition in Additive Manufacturing and received his SME certification in Additive Manufacturing. He spent the summer of 2018 working as a Process Engineer for Waupaca Foundry. When asked about his career objectives, Thomas wrote, “I would love to work somewhere that was either currently using or is planning to use additive manufacturing for one of their processes. Anything from 3D sand printed patterns, cores, molds, wax patterns for investment casting, hard tooling, or even printing directly to metal. I know the future in casting has additive manufacturing in it, and I would love to be a part of it.”

Jerrod Weaver, Executive Director of the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society, issued the following comments regarding this year’s winners: “It is never easy to choose from the many deserving students who apply for a NFFS scholarship. NFFS is proud to issue scholarships to these exemplary candidates, and we wish them all the best of luck in their careers.”

The NFFS Scholarship program was created to help develop the next generation of foundry leaders and innovators for our industry. By providing meaningful scholarship support to students in engineering, materials science, and manufacturing curricula, NFFS is exposing our nation’s best and brightest to the tremendous opportunities available in the non-ferrous metal casting industry. Anyone who is interested in supporting the NFFS Scholarship program can contribute online at www.nffs.org/donate.

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