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Three Earn National Scholarships From American Welding Society

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students were awarded national scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year from the American Welding Society Foundation.

Bradley W. Feight, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Breezewood, received the Airgas-Jerry Baker Scholarship, a $2,500 award given to a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a minimum four-year degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology.

The scholarship honors Baker, director of corporate development for Airgas Mid America, who continues to show passion for the distribution business and has earned the respect of colleagues and customers.

Stephanie J. Irvine, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Titusville, was awarded the Edward J. Brady Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 award is given annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a minimum four-year bachelor’s degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation indicating prior hands-on welding experience and complete an essay.

The scholarship honors Brady for his entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge, perseverance, vision and respect for welding. Brady entered the welding profession in 1933 and contributed key innovations during his career.

Westley A. Smith, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Mifflinburg, earned the Past Presidents Scholarship. This $2,500 scholarship was established by contributions from individuals who have served as AWS president, supplemented by contributions from the society, in recognition of the years of dedication given by those who have served as president.

The scholarship is awarded to a college junior or senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering, welding engineering technology or another engineering program with an emphasis on welding.

The AWS Foundation was established by the American Welding Society to support programs that ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through strengthening research and educational opportunities in welding and related industries.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, Penn College offers an associate degree in welding technology and a certificate in welding.

To learn more about these majors or other academic programs offered by the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College, visit online or call 570-327-4520.

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