WAF donates $100,000 to create new UWGB engineering scholarship fund to assist Manitowoc county high school graduates

Released Jan. 15, 2021 from Cole Buergi, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

Manitowoc, Wis.—Manitowoc county high school graduates planning to attendUW-Green Bay, may have an opportunity for financial support through a new scholarship fund created by Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (WAF), with support of the Schwartz family who has owned and operated the company since its founding in 1909.

WAF has donated $100,000 to create the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Engineering Scholarship fund through the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to help the next generation realize the opportunities available in the manufacturing industry,” said Berel Lutsky, WAF board member and a Professor of Arts at the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. “The foundry’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of its team members, the community and surrounding area. This is an opportunity for us to invest in the future of our region.”

“This fund is an incredible opportunity for the Manitowoc area students; providing a scholarship source to help them earn engineering degrees at the university,” stated UWGB Chancellor Michael Alexander. “We’re grateful to Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry and the Schwartz family’s support as the university continues to grow and meet our area’s need for engineers.”

Manufacturing is a leading industry in Northeast Wisconsin and, as many within the workforce approach retirement, there is a shortage of new engineers to meet manufacturers’ needs. “As we look to the future, it’s important to prepare the next generation with the skills needed for companies such as ours to continue to flourish,” explains WAF CEO Sachin Shivaram. “It’s also a way for us to invest in the community and to show that there are great career opportunities right here in this region.”

Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Engineering Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  1. Recipients must be a graduate of a high school in Manitowoc county. These include:
    • Kiel High School
    • Lincoln High School
    • Manitowoc Lutheran
    • McKinley Academy
    • Mishicot High School
    • Reedsville High School
    • Roncalli High School
    • Two Rivers High School
    • Valders High School
  2. Recipients must major in either Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  3. Must be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  4. Must demonstrate financial need.
  5. Must be pursuing a major in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology.
  6. Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

For more information, or to apply for a scholarship, please visit: www.uwgb.edu/scholarships.

About Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry:

Founded in 1909, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry is an industry leader in aluminum and copper-based alloy castings for a variety of industries. Headquartered in Manitowoc, Wis., the family-owned company is known for its All-American line of cookware and for its support of the local community. For more information, visit www.wafco.com.

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