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Gerdau Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Children of Its Jackson Mill Employees
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Individual $10,000 Scholarships Awarded to Hailey Anderson, Emaleigh Miranda, and Matthew Walter
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Gerdau, one of the world’s largest suppliers of special steel, awarded $10,000 scholarships to Hailey Anderson, Emaleigh Miranda, and Matthew Walter at an honorary ceremony held at the company’s Jackson mill Thursday afternoon. The prestigious Gerdau Scholarship was offered to children of Gerdau employees in North America and only 15 scholarships were awarded to students who showed exemplary academic promise.
“Gerdau seeks to recognize students who excel academically, demonstrate leadership skills, and support the community,” said Ron Kensky, general manager of the Jackson mill. “We are proud to support Hailey, Emaleigh, and Matthew in furthering their education and we wish them success in their future endeavors.”
The students were presented their awards by Jack Finlayson, president of Gerdau Special Steel North America. “The Gerdau Scholarship Program is part of our overall commitment to continuing education opportunities for Gerdau employees and their families,” Finlayson said. “By committing to education, we are fostering future leaders to make a positive impact in their communities.”
Hailey Anderson’s father, Robert Anderson, works as a maintenance electrician at the Jackson mill. Hailey’s dedication to academics at Vandercook Lake High School landed her in the National Honor Society and Student Council. She will be attending Jackson Community College for a year in the fall and hopes to transfer to Central Michigan University where she plans to pursue a career that involves writing, a skill she considered her greatest strength in school.
Emaleigh Miranda’s father, Cesar Miranda-Vera, is a production worker in the casting department at the mill.
Emaleigh recently graduated from Vandercook Lake High School, where she was part of the National Honor Society and dual enrolled at Jackson Community College. She plans to study psychology at the University of Toledo in the fall and aspires to earn her Master’s in Psychology after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree.
Matthew Walter’s father, David Walter, is a maintenance mechanic at the mill. Matthew credits his teachers for his passion for learning and appreciated they got to know him on a personal level and mentored him through school. In college he realized his desire went beyond learning and that he was also passionate about teaching. He plans to continue his pursuit of becoming a mathematics teacher at Michigan State University in the fall.
Winners were selected based on their SAT scores, as well as their commendable academic performance and significant contributions to their schools and communities. Candidates were recommended by their respective schools and were required to submit an essay outlining their personal characteristics, activities, plans and goals.
Gerdau began the scholarship program in 1981 as a way to recognize and encourage academically talented students. Since its inception, the scholarship program has provided support to dozens of children of Gerdau employees. The annual competition, which awarded 15 Gerdau scholarships this year, was conducted through an impartial third-party, International Scholarships and Tuition Services (ISTS). Selection was very difficult and Gerdau wishes to acknowledge all the students who applied for their academic achievements.
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of Sao Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.
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