Making an Impact

The American Mold Builders Association is providing students a pathway to limitless opportunities in school and life. Recipients of this year's scholarship program are showing they are willing to learn and eager to make an impact in manufacturing.

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The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds for 2015. This year's recipients are showing they are willing to learn and eager to make an impact in manufacturing.

Each year, the AMBA awards scholarships to the employees or dependents of employees of AMBA member companies to help facilitate education in moldmaking in the U.S. by assisting students who desire to pursue a career in 1) mold design, CAD/CAM programming for machine tools, machine tool skills or moldmaking, 2) plastics industry manufacturing (including plastics engineering, plastic part design or plastics processing technicians) or 3) other related areas of continued training/education.

The 2015 recipients of a $1,000 (including their respective AMBA member companies) are:

  1. Christian Seaver, attending Muskegon Community College (Viking Tool & Engineering Inc.)
  2. Andrew Davis, attending Waukesha County Technical College (Imperial Tool & Plastics)
  3. Corey Bucholz, attending Moraine Park Technical College (RAM Tool, Inc.)
  4. Jeremy Palmer, attending Precision Manufacturing Institute (Tech Molded Plastics)
  5. Justin Pickar, attending Saint Paul College (Mo-Tech Corp.)
  6. Thomas Lang, attending Waukesha County Technical College (Imperial Tool & Plastics)
  7. Austin Harris, attending Tri County Technical College (JMMS, Inc.)
  8. Taylor Beck, attending Precision Manufacturing Institute (Tech Molded Plastics)
  9. Robert Weaver, attending Saint Paul College (Mo-Tech Corp.)
  10. Cody Smits, attending Ferris State University (CS Tool Engineering)

 

"AMBA gives students a pathway to limitless opportunities in school and life, and I am very thankful. This scholarship has enabled me to excel and complete my associate's degree in CAD/drafting/tool design. I am currently pursuing a degree in product design at Ferris State University. This also allowed me to put funds towards competing in SkillsUSA at the national level, and place in the top four in the United States, two times," says recipient Cody Smits.

"Cody is doing a great job working for us part-time and through the summer.  He has made an impact in our engineering area and is always willing to learn from the more experienced engineers and CAD designers.  I have been on our local AMBA scholarship committee, and in reviewing his grades as part of the scholarship selection process it is a true joy to see someone excelling in all of his classes. It is our hope that we can keep him upon graduation in a couple years," says Don Snow, operations manager at CS Tool & Engineering.

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