AAMA Awards Seven Student Scholarships
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association celebrated 13 consecutive years of the AAMA Scholarship for high school seniors and college students who are children of employees of AAMA member companies and pursuing a degree related to the building products industry. All children of employees of AAMA member companies are eligible to obtain this one-time award of $2,000, and are judged on grade point average, college entrance exam scores and a 500-word essay.
Traditionally, AAMA awards three scholarships; however, due to generous donations, the association was able to award seven scholarships.
“By supporting these students on their journey to further develop their knowledge and passion, we are hopeful they will make valuable contributions in the building products industry upon completing their education," said Rich Walker, AAMA's president and CEO, in an AAMA press release.
Each year, one of the AAMA-funded scholarships commemorates a significant milestone or achievement for the association and is given to the top-ranking scholarship applicant. This year, the recipient of the AAMA Certification Gold Label 50th Anniversary Scholarship Award is Sonja Postak, a sophomore at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is currently majoring in materials engineering. Her mother, Lori Postak, is an employee of Quanex Building Products in Solon, Ohio.
The remaining 2013 scholarship recipients include:
- Ryan Sievers, a soon-to-be freshman at Iowa State University, where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. His father, Bruce Sievers, is an employee of Pella Corp. in Pella, Iowa.
- Melissa and Michelle Hereida, soon-to-be freshmen at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where they will pursue degrees in engineering and chemical engineering, respectively. Their mother, Sheila Heredia, is an employee of Pella Corp.
- Dominic Nickel, a soon-to-be freshman at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he will be studying engineering mathematics. His father, Georg Nickel, is an employee of Innotech Windows + Doors Inc. in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
- Ben Sharp, a soon-to-be freshman at Butler University, where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. His father, Stephen Sharp, is an employee of Sherwin-Williams Co., in Hamilton, Ohio.
- Jenna Seaser, a sophomore at Michigan Technological University, where she is studying mechanical engineering. Her father, Jim Seaser, is an employee of Truth Hardware Corp. in Owatonna, Minn.
“In addition to these national awards, AAMA member companies have the opportunity to participate in the Scholarship Partner Program to provide a scholarship opportunity for children of their own employees,” said Janice Yglesias, AAMA's association services director, in the release.
Quanex Building Products, Graham Architectural Products, Milgard Manufacturing, Simonton Windows and Architectural Testing are all members of the Partner Program. Six additional students pursuing careers in the building products industry received scholarships through this program.