Penn College students lead in manufacturing scholarships
Pennsylvania College of Technology students received nearly a third of all scholarships from a national foundation devoted to skilled manufacturing careers.
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs – the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International – awarded the $1,500-$2,500 scholarships to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a certificate or degree program leading to a manufacturing career. FMA is the leading educational association for the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry.
Penn College students earned 13 of the 42 NBT scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester, more than any other school.
“We are proud to once again have Penn College students lead the country in the number of scholarships received from NBT,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. “That’s a tribute to our tomorrow makers and the exceptional hands-on, technical training that they receive at the college. Industry wants and needs our graduates. Like the students before them, these scholarship recipients will play an important role in shrinking the skills gap.”
The manufacturing skills gap could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute.
Penn College NBT scholarship recipients include welding & fabrication engineering technology students Caden L. Cope, Georgetown, Delaware; Tyler D. Dubien, York; Michael A. Fuccile, Conyngham; William G. Makovsky, Coplay; Wyatt P. Meanix, Parkesburg; Cierra D. Miller, Dover; Cameron J. Quinn, Chesterfield, New Jersey; Haleyanne C. Walter, Delta; and Matthew J. Woolcock, Oil City.
Other recipients are manufacturing engineering technology students Huneil J. Campbell, Coral Springs, Florida; Charles H. Harter IV, Lock Haven; and Alec D. Rees, Centerport, New York; and welding technology major Lance W. Carbaugh, Orbisonia.
“NBT saw a 50% increase in qualified applications for the 2023 Fall Semester, which indicates a rise in awareness and interest in manufacturing career options amongst high school graduates,” said Ed Dernulc, NBT Foundation director. “Award recipients have strong overall GPAs with high grades in relevant coursework.”
For information on manufacturing-related degrees and other majors offered by Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.