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Non-Ferrous Founders Society Issues 2018 Scholarship Awards

Tuesday, February 20, 2018  
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The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) has selected three outstanding candidates to receive $1,000 college scholarships from the NFFS Scholarship Fund for 2018. 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 Aidan King, a senior in the Materials Engineering program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). The NFFS Scholarship Committee was impressed with Ms. King’s extracurricular participation with industry groups like the American Foundry Society (AFS), Women in Metalcasting, and UAB’s Materials Processing and Development Center, as well as the range of skills and experiences that she has gained while working with non-ferrous metals at Hubbell Power Systems. NFFS believes that Ms. King will be a valuable asset to the industry upon her graduation this spring.

Jacqueline Walters, a senior in Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, earned the second NFFS Scholarship for 2018. Ms. Walters graduated in December of 2018 with a special designation for Humanitarian Engineering Scholar. She displayed an impressive combination of educational performance, volunteer activities, and professional experience, including an internship with NFFS member foundry Ford Meter Box. Ms. Walters stated that her ultimate goal is to “lead projects focused on engineering new light-weight, high strength alloys,” and NFFS is confident that she will be successful in her endeavors.

The third scholarship award winner is Jacob Whitehead, also a senior in Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. A well-rounded candidate, Mr. Whitehead has excelled in both his studies and professionally. Over the course of his college career, he maintained a 3.8 GPA, interned with three different foundries, and volunteered for leadership positions with student organizations in the metal casting industry. Mr. Whitehead also received the Foundry Educational Foundation’s Loper Award in 2017.

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. However, this year’s candidates were particularly impressive, so we decided to issue three separate scholarships, which is more than we’ve given in any other year. NFFS is proud to issue scholarships to Aidan, Jacqueline, and Jacob, 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

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