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Gerdau mill in St. Paul honors student with $10,000 scholarship
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Steven Cordes, a graduate of Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minn., 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.
“We are very proud to support Steven in his education,” said Rogerio Turatti, works manager at the Gerdau mill in Cambridge. “He is a great student with a bright future ahead of him, and I am glad we are able to reward him for his efforts.”
Steven’s mother, Janet Dallman, works as a ladle crane operator at the St. Paul mill. Her son was honored for his achievement at a scholarship ceremony at the mill on July 11, where Turatti presented him with the award.
Steven will attend University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and has been accepted to the College of Science and Engineering where he will major in chemical engineering. Steven plans to minor in electrical or mechanical engineering, and hopes to participate in the university’s track and field team. Before entering college, Steven is participating in a summer work program at the St. Paul mill where he will gain work experience in the engineering field.
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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