The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) awarded scholarships to five children of employees of AAMA member companies during its meeting held last week in Chicago. The scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry.

“We’re proud to recognize many accomplished students each year who have worked hard to achieve their educational goals in pursuit of a career in architecture, engineering and related fields,” said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “There is great value in supporting these students at a formative time in their education so that they can later make important contributions through their work in the building products industry.”

Following are the recipients:

Andrea Hatfield, an upcoming freshman at Fairmont State College, pursuing a degree in architecture. Her mother, Michelle Hatfield, is an employee of Simonton Windows in Pennsboro, W.Va.

Craig Landru, will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering as an upcoming freshman at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His mother, Vicky Landru, is an employee of Pella Corp. in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Jacob Moore, an upcoming sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, is pursuing a degree in informational technology. His mother, Ruth Moore, is an employee of Pella Corp. in Fairfield, Ohio.

Kelsey Trimmer, will pursue a degree in architectural engineering as an upcoming freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her father, Frederick Trimmer, is an employee of Graham Architectural Products in York, Pa.

Kevin Shaw, an upcoming sophomore at the Morrison Institute of Technology, is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. His mother, Darlene Shaw, is an employee of Mikron (a division of Quanex) in Winnebago, Ill.

The AAMA Scholarship Program offers families of employees of AAMA member companies the opportunity to obtain financial aid for higher education in pursuit of a degree in an engineering or technical field relating to the building products industry. The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000. Applicants are judged on grade point average, college entrance exam scores and a 500-word essay. Eligible candidates must be high school seniors or college students who are children of employees of AAMA member companies in good standing.

In addition to these national awards, AAMA member companies have the opportunity to participate in the Scholarship Partner Program to provide a scholarship opportunity for children of their own employees. This year, Graham Architectural Products, Mikron Industries (a division of Quanex) and Milgard Manufacturing participated in this program, awarding seven total scholarships.

Jenna Hicks, an upcoming college senior, has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from Graham Architectural Products. Milgard Manufacturing has awarded three $2000 scholarships. The recipients are Kelsey Howerton, an upcoming freshman at Trinity Lutheran College; Justin Haase, an upcoming freshman at Seattle University; and Daniel Ayalde, an upcoming freshman at California State Polytechnic University: Pomona. Three students were awarded the $2000 Ron Sandwith Scholarship from Mikron (a division of Quanex). The recipients are Connie Giang, an upcoming freshman at Western Washington University; Tyler Busch, an upcoming freshman at Augustana College; and Una Dizdarevic, an upcoming freshman at Eastern Kentucky University.

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