Students from Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Dakota are among the 28 recipients of $1,500-$2,500 scholarships from the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association’s education foundation.

“We are pleased to award scholarships to these deserving students and are happy to assist them in reaching their academic goals,” said Edward Youdell, president of the group’s Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation. “They recognize that skilled manufacturing careers can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally.  The knowledge and skills they obtain will help them be more competitive in the current job market.”

To be eligible, students had to meet grade-point requirements and be enrolled in college engineering or manufacturing-related courses, or attending a trade school with such programs.

These students received scholarships for the upcoming fall semester:

Erin Beaver, Winfield, Pennsylvania; studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Drew Berkbigler, Grove City, Ohio; studying combination structural and pipe welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Sam Breese, Madison, Wisconsin; studying automated manufacturing systems technology at Madison Area Technical College

Maria Cantin, Livonia, Michigan; studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Jared Conn, Hillsboro, Ohio; studying combination structural and pipe welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Jeremiah Cook, Oceana, West Virginia; studying structural and pipe welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Franziska Daumberger, Sonora, California; studying pre-engineering at Columbia College

James Demas-Moore, Worthington, Ohio, studying structural and pipe welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

James Diodato, Madison, Wisconsin; studying machine tooling technics at Madison Area Technical College

Matthew Dusek, Stanley, North Dakota; studying welding at Bismarck State College

Cheryl Gebhart, Becker, Minnesota; studying CNC machine technology at Anoka Technical College

Ben Kirby, Cincinnati; studying combined structural and pipe welding at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Hannah Kuperus, Hopkins, Michigan; studying mechanical engineering at Kettering University

Cody Majernik, Rogers, Minnesota; studying machine technologies at Anoka Technical College

Aaron Miqueli, Elk River, Minnesota; studying CNC machining/manufacturing at Anoka Technical College

Jacob Paine, Yakima, Washington; instrumentation and industrial automation technology at Perry Technical Institute

John Payton, Troy, Illinois; studying precision machining technology at Southwestern Illinois College

Luke Peterson, Flagstaff, Arizona; studying mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University

Daniel Pousset, Austin, Texas; studying mechanical engineering at University of Texas at Austin

Emersen Price, Corvallis, Oregon; studying machine tool technology at Linn-Benton Community College

John Provenza Jr., Marysville, Pennsylvania; studying automated manufacturing technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Mary Raway, Indianapolis; studying mechanical engineering technology at Ivy Tech Community College

Norman Sabin Jr., Williamsport, Pennsylvania; studying electronic and computer engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Robert Staudigel, East Northport, New York; studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Abigail VanDuyne, Orion, Illinois; studying mechanical engineering at Iowa State University

Jose Vigil, Albuquerque, New Mexico; studying welding technology at Central New Mexico Community College

William Wadkins, Scottsboro, Alabama; studying machine tool technology at Northeast Alabama Community College

Niles Walter, Chiloquin, Oregon; studying advanced manufacturing engineering technology at Klamath Community College

“The most difficult jobs to fill today are those in the skilled trades and engineering,” added Youdell. “With majors in machine tool and CNC technology, structural and pipe welding, sheet metal fabrication, engineering, and precision machining technology, these students will be prepared for the skilled labor openings that American manufacturers must fill.”

Scholarship winners also received a copy of SolidWorks Corp.’s Student Design Kit CAD software.