Area Student Awarded a Ground-breaking Scholarship
DuBois – Jessica Schweiger of DuBois has received the 2007/2008 Ametek Scholarship for Studies in Powder Metallurgy from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology in Princeton, New Jersey. The Center has awarded $4,000 for the scholarship, and Penn State in cooperation with the Tri-County KIZ has provided an additional $1,000 match.
A sophomore at Penn State DuBois, Schweiger is working towards simultaneous associates degrees in Materials Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology. An adult learner who maintains a job and a family, Schweiger said this $5,000 scholarship will impact her life on campus, and at home.
“It helps take a lot of concerns off my mind,” she said. “It’s nice to not have to worry about some of my expenses, and now I’ll be able to give my kids more of what they need.”
The Penn State DuBois Materials Engineering Technology Program Coordinator, Dr. Steven Johnson said Schweiger is more than deserving of the scholarship. He said Schweiger has achieved a 3.7 Grade Point Average, despite her many obligations.
“Jessica is a single mother of two, works full-time all year, and takes a full credit load of courses during the spring and fall semesters,” said Johnson. “I find her ability to perform all these duties and achieve excellent academic performance rather remarkable.”
Johnson also noted that Schweiger is the first Penn State DuBois student ever to receive the Ametek Scholarship, making the award even sweeter.
“This is good for Jes, good for the Materials Engineering Technology Program and good for the DuBois Campus,” he said. “We really appreciate the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology allowing us compete for and receive this scholarship to Penn State DuBois.”
Funding for the Ametek Scholarship is provided by Ametek Incorporated, based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and awarded by the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology through the Powder Metal Industry Federation.