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Gerdau mill in Jackson honors student with $10,000 scholarship
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Candice Tatum, a graduate and class valedictorian of Fayette Ware High School in Somerville, Tenn., was selected to receive a prestigious scholarship offered by Gerdau, one of the largest suppliers of long steel in the world. She is one of only 15 students to receive the scholarship, which is open to the children of Gerdau employees in North America.
“Our scholarship program allows us to invest in the future of these students,” said Chris Ervin, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau mill in Jackson. “We are proud Candice has been honored and rewarded for her success.”
Candice’s father, Murrell Tatum, works as a cell support specialist at the Jackson mill. His daughter was honored for her achievement at a scholarship ceremony at the mill on July 25, where Erwin presented her with the award.
Candice will attend the University of Tennessee and plans to major in food science and technology. Candice aspires to attend pharmacy school after she has received her bachelor’s degree. She enjoys volleyball, swimming, dancing, bike riding and traveling in her spare time.
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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