A recent contribution by the UW-Stout Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter of $100, matched by the John Leon Abrams (JLA) Memorial Committee, increased the Endowed Memorial Scholarship fund to over $50,000. This contribution was special on two levels; first, it was an effort of college students whose fellow classmates will benefit and secondly, the targeted goal was reached in less than one year.
The SPE chapter, with 36 members, recently was named one of two outstanding chapters of the year at ANTEC in Cincinnati. The chapter also received a Certificate of Merit this spring from the Stoutreach Service Council for volunteering with STEM Career Day and three local Science Olympiad events.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to make this donation in the name of a Stout alumnus who died for our country. This scholarship will help plastics engineering students shape their future and prepare them for a career in the field,” said Dayton Ramirez, of Lone Rock, WI, the chapter vice president.
The endowed memorial scholarship was created in 2012 by eight classmates of John Abrams. The group established a committee to honor their friend, killed in action in 1968, over Vietnam. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an upperclassman plastics engineering major active in campus activities, a service member or veteran; or a descendent of a veteran. The endowment, as established, will live in perpetuity.
The first John Leon Abrams Memorial Scholarship was awarded in September 2012, just a few months after fundraising began and 50 years after Abrams graduation from Stout.
The scholarship was funded through contributions from former classmates that were then matched dollar for dollar by Bob Janeczko from I2Tech. The plastics industry with generous contributions of $10,000 by Roy Luther of Triangle Tool, $5,000 from Peter Bemis of Bemis Manufacturing and $1,000 each from Snap-On Tools and Phillips Plastics. The Mold Making and Mold Design Division of the SPE, donated $5,000 that was matched by Bob Dealey. Also $4,300 contributed by the Plastics Pioneers Association and $1,000 each from the Chicago Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Chicago Section Educational Foundation added to the total.
Committee members, all of whom are 1960s UW-Stout alumni, are Jerry Burke, Bob Dealey, Bernie Howaniec, Bob Janeczko, Dave Meilahn, James Rathert, Dave Reisinger and Brian Walker.
To donate to the John Leon Abrams scholarship fund at UW-Stout, contact the Stout University Foundation, 715-232-1151, or www.uwstout.edu/foundation