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Gerdau mill in Rancho Cucamonga honors student with $10,000 scholarship and ceremony
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Brandon Burke, a graduate of Morristown High School in Morristown, N.J., and Dawid Gerlach, a graduate of Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J., 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 seeks to recognize students that demonstrate exemplary academic records and take an interest in the community,” said Mark Quiring, vice president and general manager at the Gerdau mill in Sayreville. “We are proud to support Brandon and Dawid’s education, and we wish them well on their future endeavors.”
Burke and Gerlach were honored for their achievements at a scholarship ceremony at the Sayreville mill on June 20. The students were presented their awards by Guilherme Gerdau Johannpeter, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America.
“The Gerdau Scholarship Program allows us to invest in the future of these students,” said Johannpeter. “By committing to education, we are fostering future leaders to make a positive impact in their communities.”
Brandon Burke’s father, Pat Burke, works as a Melt Shop Maintenance Routine Facilitator at the Sayreville mill. Brandon Burke’s dedication to academics with a 4.1 GPA is mirrored by a dedication to athletics. While in high school, Burke played basketball, baseball and football. Burke was also a member of Future Business Leader’s of America and the Latin Club. Burke has been accepted into Northwestern University, and plans to major in civil engineering.
Dawid Gerlach’s father, Marek Gerlach, works as a Rolling Mill Finishing End Attendant at the Sayreville mill. Dawid Gerlach graduated summa cum laude from his high school. He participated in the National Honors Society and the Science National Honor Society, as well as a club that focused around the medical field. Gerlach is attending Rutgers University in the fall and plans to major in biology.
Winners of the scholarship are awarded a $2,500 annual stipend towards their undergraduate degrees for four years. Winners are selected based on their SAT 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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