Tooling and Machining awards scholarships

Jacob Burke (from left), Morgan Waterson and Seth Lightfoot.

The Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association (RRVTMA) awarded three $1,000 scholarships at its 2013 Apprentice Appreciation dinner June 5. Following are the recipients:

Jacob Burke — Burke lives in Janesville, Wis., and just graduated from Janesville Craig High School. In high school, he had the opportunity to take a welding class. He found he really enjoyed welding, and has decided he wants to pursue a career as a welder. He has maintained a high grade-point average in high school, along with working 25 hours a week. He plans to attend Blackhawk Technical College in their welding program, with his goal of becoming a certified welder.

Seth Lightfoot — Lightfoot is from Rockford, and recently graduated from Winnebago High School. He has participated on the robotics team Winnovation since he was 14. In addition, he has taken Project Lead the Way engineering classes. These experiences, along with support from his father, who is an engineering manager, has piqued his interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing. He plans to attend Iowa State University to study software engineering. He is looking to pursue a career in automation, controls, robotics or software.

Morgan Waterson — Waterson lives in Rockford, and just graduated from Auburn High School. She has been inspired by inventions created to help people with disabilities overcome their challenges. She volunteers at Walter Lawson’s Children’s Home. Her volunteer work has helped her understand where improvements can be made in the technologies meant to help those with disabilities. She has participated on the Rockford Robotics team and has a love of art. She plans to attend the University of Illinois in Chicago, pursuing a major in engineering and a minor in art.

From the July 10-16, 2013, issue

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