Automation engineering scholarship program now open
Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor -- Packaging Digest, 4/22/2013 11:59:17 AM
ASCO Numatics—the world's leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control and pneumatics solutions—has begun accepting applications for its 2013/2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program.
Under the program, ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide two $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges at which the winners are enrolled and host the two winners as all-expense paid guests at The Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO Las Vegas on Sept. 25, 2013.
The deadline to apply is May 24, 2013. Details and application forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.
"Engineering is a unique blend of creativity, science and technology. Advancements have never been more rapid and never more exciting. Are we ready for the challenges of tomorrow? As a global industry leader today, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are," says Robert Kemple, Jr., evp, sales and marketing-Americas, ASCO Numatics.
"Our goal in 2013 with the ASCO Numatics Scholarship Program—as it has been over the past five years—is to identify and support the nurturing and promotion of the best-of-the-best students of today in their training and journey to become our next generation of engineering leaders tomorrow," Kemple says.
Since its inception in 2008, the ASCO Numatics scholarship program has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 10 students pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines, and has provided a total of $10,000 in grants to eight schools of engineering.
"The ASCO Numatics scholarship helped me pay for my last semester's tuition and receive my degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. It has encouraged me to continue to strive for excellence as I start my career in manufacturing," says Kelsey Johnson, recipient of a scholarship from ASCO Numatics in 2012.
Brad Perry, now an engineer at The Boeing Co., says receiving the ASCO Numatics scholarship in 2008 impacted him as both an academic and professional. "The scholarship further led me down the path to make a difference, push the limits of technology, continue to provide quality products, and push myself to difficult but attainable goals."
The ASCO Numatics scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate's potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2013/2014 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. Several changes to this year's application process will make it easier for engineering students to participate.
ASCO Numatics will present the scholarship awards as part of the Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, Sept. 25, 2013.
Sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the Amazing Packaging Race is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.
Nathan Koetsier (shown in the image at right) was one of the recipients in 2012.
Source: ASCO Numatics
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