The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Affiliate, The Wichita Manufacturer’s Association (WMA) has awarded a record number of scholarships for 2016.
The WMA has been around for almost 100 years, and it serves to promote and encourage the general welfare of the manufacturing industry. By offering scholarships to students who plan to study manufacturing, the WMA encourages them to pursue careers in the industry.
These scholarships are available to students studying manufacturing at any of the following institutions in Kansas:
- technical college
- community college
- state college or university
This year, the WMA board announced a record high of 21 scholarships are available, thanks to generous member donations. Each of the scholarship is valued at $1,000
Of the 21 scholarships, six were made possible by Globe Energy, six by The Bradbury Group and two by the Wichita Manufacturing Association. The remaining seven scholarships were made possible by Aerospace Systems and Components, Wichita Area Technical College, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Great Plains Ventures, Birds Eye Holdings, Great Plains Industries and Allen, Gibbs and Houlik, each of which donated one scholarship.
Out of the 21 selected recipients, 13 are attending Wichita State University. Other winners represent Butler Community College, Wichita Area Technical College and Kansas State University.
The following high schools are also represented: Goddard High School, Mulvane High School, Wichita North High School, Wichita Northwest High School, and Wichita West High School.
Scholarship winners for 2016 include: Arnold Maghema, Brett Johnston, Brian Pracht, Carley Larson, Derek Thurston, Evan Miller, Jacob Simon, Jonathan Peuchen, Jessica Gayle, Jordan Ruckman, Kim Nguyen, Maggie Koops, Marcus Clough, Nathaniel Strifler, Nicholas McNeil, Kyle Offatt, Rachel Linott, Svaan Lacy, Talon Wanless, Tanner Gegen, and Zachary Jouppi.
Scholarships are distributed annually and are open to students interested in studying manufacturing. More information on the WMA scholarship program can be found here.
Applications must be received prior to February 1 for the academic year starting the following fall. Scholarships are awarded based on a completed application form, transcript and a brief essay.
The WMA scholarship program was created in 1993. The WMA hoped that this program would support training and educational opportunities, and in turn develop better interest, methods and employees within the industry.