Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about career opportunities in manufacturing, has awarded 15 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are going to attend an Iowa Community College in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing.
“Manufacturing firms supply more than 208,858 jobs to Iowans,” said Mike Ralston, President of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. “These well-paying careers require education and training beyond high school, but don’t require the often-burdensome cost of a bachelor’s degree. Recent studies have shown that two-year degree holders, especially in high-demand manufacturing occupations, can earn salaries that surpass those of college graduates.”
This year, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing received 58 scholarship applications and all 15 community colleges will be recognized along with their awardee. Elevate Advanced Manufacturing and the community colleges will award the scholarship at each senior's high school award ceremony this spring.
The community colleges can choose to award the non-winner applicants with dollars from the college or by asking a local manufacturer company to sponsor a scholarship for the student. By doing so, this will benefit the college by bringing more students to their colleges and promoting their advanced manufacturing programs.
In addition to a $500 scholarship, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing scholarship recipients will be honored at the Legends in Manufacturing Award Ceremony on October 2, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Event Center.
The 2018 scholarship awardees are: