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Gerdau facilities in Muncie honor student with $10,000 scholarship and ceremony
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Ryan Willmann, a student at Frankton Jr. /Sr. High School in Frankton, Ind., was selected to receive a prestigious scholarship offered by Gerdau, one of the largest suppliers of long steel in the world. He is one of only 15 students to receive the scholarship, which is open to the children of Gerdau employees in North America.
“Gerdau seeks to recognize students that demonstrate exemplary academic records and take an interest in the community,” said Pete Diggs, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Reinforcing Steel North facilities. “We are proud to support Ryan’s education, and we wish him well on his future endeavors.”
Ryan’s father, Larry Willmann, works as a regional production director at the Muncie facility. His son was honored for his achievement at a scholarship ceremony at the facility on July 30, where Diggs presented him with the award.
Ryan will attend Trine University in Angola, Ind., in the fall, where he plans to major in computer engineering. Ryan was a member of his high school tennis team and the band. Ryan shows his dedication to the community by participating in a community service club, where he has volunteered for camps, clean-up initiatives and a local retirement home. Ryan was also involved with his school’s history club, Spanish club, environmental club and science club. He was a member of the National Honor Society, History Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and a member of the student council.
Winners of the scholarship are awarded a $2,500 annual stipend towards their undergraduate degrees for up to 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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