SOPREMA Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.
“In the second year of our scholarship program, we’re proud to award seven scholarships to these deserving students,” said Sara Jonas, marketing manager, SOPREMA. “By awarding these scholarships, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”
This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country and each is accomplished in their own right with many recent awards and honors.
Molly Nelson, of Dalles, Ore., will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities studying chemical engineering in the 2017-2018 school year. In 2017, Nelson was named valedictorian of her high school class. In addition, she was on her varsity cross country, swimming and track and field teams.
Kevin Ballentine, of Carlisle, Pa., will be a freshman at Grove City College studying electrical engineering this fall. While Ballentine was a student at Boiling Springs High School, he participated in pole vaulting and soccer, as well as being named a Kiwanis Honor Student and Technology Student Association Outstanding Student.
Thomas King, of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 2017-2018 school year. He is a 2017 recipient of the G.T. Ward Scholarship in Architecture and an Honors Academic Grant recipient. He also enjoys learning to watercolor in his free time.
Nick Mecklenburg, of Roseville, Calif., will be a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley this fall. While a student at Oakmont High School, he was named a National Merit Finalist and was a member of the computer and internet clubs.
Katherine Young, of Clermont, Fla., will be a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo in the 2017-2018 school year. This summer, she is going to Thailand to build structures in small villages and help with abused elephants. She enjoys attending Hearst Lectures by worldwide architects and attending watercolor workshops sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
Emily Waldinger, of Springfield, Ill., will be a senior at Miami University this fall. While a student at Miami University, she has been named to the Miami University President’s list, has been the AIAS Freedom by Design Director and the Social Enterprise Alliance Officer. Recently, she served as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Conference press room intern.
Chandler Householder, of McKinney, Texas, will be a sophomore studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin this fall and has been awarded this scholarship for the second year in a row. She has participated in the Landmarks Docent Program at the University of Texas, is a member of Alpha Rho Chi and a student mentor with ACE mentor program. In the fall of 2016, she received University Honors.
In its second year, the scholarship program continues its support of SOPREMA’s commitment to educating and advancing the building envelope community through promoting continuing education and aiding the next generation in attending college.
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