AMBA Scholarship Awards Contribute to ‘Cinderella Story’

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently awarded scholarship funds to students of AMBA members nationwide.

The Annual Scholarship Program continues to demonstrate AMBA's commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits. In 2011, the AMBA Annual Scholarship Program underwent some critical changes in application criteria in order to better channel funds back into the industry to support those going into moldmaking or a related trade. This year’s awards not only continued in this new direction but contributed to one special ‘Cinderella Story’ of particular note.

2012 AMBA Scholarship Recipient Barbara Flemming of Metro Mold & Design, Rogers, MN, returned to college to earn her Associate’s Degree in Management Accounting. Making the decision to go back to school and hold down a full-time job while maintaining family commitments is no small feat. “When I committed to returning to college for my degree, I set two goals,” said Flemming. “The first was to study hard and get everything I can from every class. The second was to keep the financial impact as low as possible. I am happy to say I succeeded at both.”

Sharing her ‘Cinderella Story’ with the AMBA Scholarship Committee, she recounted that the AMBA’s $1000 scholarship award was matched by the Minnesota School of Business, thereby doubling the award. “My pumpkin turned into a $2,000 chariot at the last minute,” said Flemming.

On a final note, she was awarded Highest Honors on graduation night and looks forward to using her degree to further develop her career at Metro Mold in project management. “Over the course of my college career, I took advantage of perfect attendance rewards, testing out of classes, selling books back and the AMBA scholarship award to accumulate a pretty big cost savings. The total savings ended up being over $8,000,” said Flemming! “I thank the AMBA very much for the generous award that greatly contributed to that.”

Each year the national office of the AMBA awards scholarships to the employees or dependants of employees of AMBA member companies. The Annual Scholarship Program is designed to help facilitate education in moldmaking in the US. This scholarship's priority is to assist students who desire to pursue a career in mold design, CAD/CAM programming for machine tools, machine tool skills or moldmaking, plastics industry manufacturing (including plastics engineering, plastic part design or plastics processing technician) and other areas of continued training/education. To date, the AMBA's Annual Scholarship Program has awarded over $225,000 since its inception in 1991.

The AMBA wishes to congratulate the following 2012 AMBA Scholarship Recipients and wishes them the best in their endeavors:

Rachel M. Schmitt, Lansing Community College, daughter of Beverly Schmitt, Accountant at Franchino Mold & Engineering

Aleksandra Avrutina, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, daughter of Gennadiy Avrutina, EDM Machine Operator at PM Mold Company

Kaylee Wieringa, Ferris State University, daughter of John Wieringa, Moldmaker at Die-Tech and Engineering

Barbara Flemming, Minnesota School of Business – Elk River, Accountant at Metro Mold & Design

Jacob A. Sorenson, Muskegon Community College, Welder at Viking Tool and Engineering