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Gerdau facilities in Beaumont honor students with $10,000 scholarship and ceremony
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Marissa Bell, a student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and Jacob Nelson, a graduate of Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas, were both selected to receive a prestigious scholarship offered by Gerdau, one of the largest suppliers of long steel in the world. They are two of only 15 students to receive the scholarship, which is open to the children of Gerdau employees in North America.
“Gerdau recognizes students that demonstrate exemplary academic records and take an interest in the community,” said Ricardo Anawate, vice president and general manager at the Gerdau mill in Beaumont. “We are proud that two students in our community have been honored and rewarded for their success.”
The company has two facilities in the Beaumont area, and both students were honored for their achievements during scholarship ceremonies at the Beaumont steel mill and the Beaumont Wire Rod facility. The students were presented their awards by the vice presidents and general managers of their prospective locations.
Marissa’s father, Harold Gene Bell, works as a reliability technician at the Beaumont steel mill. Marissa’s dedication to academics with a 4.0 GPA is mirrored by a passion for the arts. She serves as a vocalist and trombonist for the orchestra, a volunteer teacher for her church’s pre-school music class and a performer with multiple musical groups at her university. She is also a member and former treasurer of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority, the historian and president-elect of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in the field of education and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the all-disciplines honor society.
Marissa is currently majoring in elementary education with a minor in music.
Jacob’s father, Robert Nelson, works as a production manager at the Beaumont Wire Products facility. Jacob has been accepted to Texas A&M University, and plans to major in political science. He aspires to attend law school after he receives his bachelor’s degree. In high school, Jacob participated in theatrical arts, and plans to continue his theatre education through elective classes in college.
Winners of the scholarship are awarded a $2,500 annual stipend towards their undergraduate degrees for four years. Winners are selected based on their standardized testing scores, as well as their commendable academic performance and significant contributions to their schools and communities. Candidates must be recommended by their respective schools and are required to submit an essay outlining their personal characteristics, activities, plans and goals.
The Gerdau Scholarship program is designed to promote Gerdau’s commitment to education, one of the five pillars of their social responsibility program. The other pillars of this program include community support, health and wellness, history and culture, and affordable housing.
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 over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 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 São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.
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