Rockford resident wins $1,500 FMA scholarship

Rockford resident Jacob Ellenberger has received a $1,500 scholarship toward his post-secondary education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Intl. Ellenberger will attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

“We applaud Jacob for being selected as a 2011 FMA scholarship winner and are pleased to assist him in fulfilling his academic goals,” said Gerald Shankel, president and CEO of the FMA. “Jacob recognizes that working a skilled manufacturing job can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally, and with the education he has chosen, he will be more competitive in the 21st century manufacturing job market.”

In addition to the monetary grant, Ellenberger also received from industry partner SolidWorks Corporation a copy of its Student Design Kit CAD software package. The Student Design Kit is an easy-to-learn, Windows-based 3D CAD application that gives students the ability to create “real-life” 3D designs they can easily manipulate.

The FMA scholarships are awarded annually to college- or trade school-bound applicants who seek careers in manufacturing. This year, scholarships totaling $30,000 were awarded to 20 winners from across the country.

From the July 20-26, 2011 issue

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