Forty-one Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $50,000
THE BOILERMAKERS’ INTERNATIONAL Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2008 scholarship program April 25. A total of $50,000 was awarded to 41 scholarship recipients: $38,000 to United States students and $12,000 to Canadian students.
IEC scholarship program
SINCE 1988, WHEN the International began the scholarship program, the Boilermakers union has awarded a total of $776,000 to 370 children and dependents of Boilermaker members. Serving on the 2008 IEC scholarship committee were Intl. Vice Presidents Ed Power (chairman), George Rogers, and Larry McManamon, assisted by attorney Joe Moreland, representing the legal firm of Blake & Uhlig. The committee spent days reviewing the applications and reading the student essays, and its members were amazed by the caliber of the applicants.
“This is my third year to serve on the scholarship committee; my first as chairman,” said IVP Power. “I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am by the scholarship applicants. These are some great kids with promising futures. I hope every lodge publicizes the 2009 scholarship program so we can maximize our opportunity to help our students continue their education.”
The one-year grants included one $3,000 award, six $2,000 awards, two $1,500 awards, and 32 $1,000 awards. The committee chose recipients from a pool of 160 applicants — all Boilermaker dependents in their senior year of high school. Winners were chosen based on their high academic achievement, leadership skills, participation in extra-curricular activities, and performance on a 300-500 word essay on this year’s topic: “What impact has growing up in a Boilermaker family had on your life thus far?”
Stephanie Wirtz, daughter of James Wirtz, Local Lodge D173 (Wampum, Pa.), earned the top scholarship award of $3,000. An artist, Stephanie won Best of Show at a local art display for one of her paintings, and the People’s Choice Award from among 700 exhibits at a show sponsored by Pittsburgh Technical Institute. She built her home computer, works part-time as a floral arranger, and plays guitar and soccer in her free time. She plans to study art at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.
“I am both deeply honored and completely surprised to have been chosen as a recipient of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers scholarship,” Stephanie said. “I thoroughly appreciate this scholarship and will put it to a fantastic use.”
Six Boilermaker dependents selected to receive $2,000 grants
Aimee Bouffard, daughter of Paul Bouffard, Local Lodge 128 (Toronto, Ontario), plans to attend Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Kevin Boutilier, son of Paul Boutilier, Local Lodge 580 (Halifax, Nova Scotia), plans to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he will enter the co-op engineering program.
Allyson Graff, daughter of Allan Graff, niece of Ken Graff, and granddaughter of Bill Graff, all members of Local Lodge 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia), hopes to work in the field of health and human services. She will be attending the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
Michelle Maillet, daughter of Andre Maillet, Local Lodge 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia), will be pursuing her studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, where she hopes to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in the nursing program.
Megan Miller, daughter of William Miller Jr. and granddaughter of William Miller Sr., both members of Local Lodge 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland), will be attending Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Kari Zyta, daughter of Donald Zyta, Local Lodge 680 (St. Catharines, Ontario), will be entering the nursing program at Brock University.
Two $1,500 scholarships awarded
Sean Goheen, son of Robert Goheen, Local Lodge 13 (Philadelphia), hopeful of one day running for public office, will be attending Penn State University, where he will study political science.
Lauren Ward, daughter of Ed Ward, Local Lodge 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) plans to continue her studies this fall at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., once she completes a mission trip to Costa Rica this summer.
Committee selects 32 $1,000 award winners
THE COMMITTEE ALSO selected the following 32 scholarship winners to receive a $1,000 grant.
Steven Ambrose, son of Steve Ambrose, Local Lodge 7 (Buffalo, N.Y.), plans to study business at the University at Buffalo, the state university of New York.
Michael Bates, son of Bryce Bates, Local Lodge D414 (Pryor, Okla.), will be attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., where he plans to study meteorology.
Ashley Bourgois, daughter of Thomas Bourgois, Local Loge 647 (Minneapolis), has been accepted into the nursing program and the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership program at Dickinson State University in North Dakota.
Geary Crawford, son of Geary L. Crawford, Local Lodge D239 (Three Forks, Mont.), plans to attend Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, Mont.
Kellee Dunn, daughter of Steven Dunn and granddaughter of Charles Dunn, both members of Local Lodge 169 (Detroit), will be attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Michelle Fane, daughter of Daniel Fane, Local Lodge D81 (Dixon, Ill.), will be attending the University of Chicago.
Andrew Flowers, son of Marvin Flowers, Local Lodge D79 (Demopolis, Ala.), plans to attend Troy University in Alabama.
Kristy Fons, daughter of Thomas Fons, Local Lodge 1509 (Cudahy, Wis.), will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Daniel Hartsoe, son of M. Frank Hartsoe, Local Lodge 45 (Richmond, Va.), has been accepted at the University of Virginia School of Engineering.
Monroe Griffin, son of James Griffin, Local Lodge 197 (Albany, N.Y.), will be attending Wofford College, an independent liberal arts school located in Spartanburg, S.C.
Patrick Hanrahan, son of Timothy Hanrahan, Local Lodge 744 (Cleveland), plans to major in either sales or marketing at the Ohio University School of Business.
Nicole Jerome, daughter of Michael Jerome, Local Lodge 647, will be attending Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minn.
Kristen Kitzman, daughter of Kurt Kitzman, Local Lodge 154 (Pittsburgh), will be entering the secondary education program at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., where she also plans to major in history.
Susan Klintworth, daughter of Susan Klintworth, Local Lodge 906 (Donora, Pa.), plans to major in early childhood education at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Bridget Knepp, daughter of Phillip Knepp, Local Lodge 13, plans to major in sociology and criminal justice at King’s College, a liberal arts Catholic college located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Meghan Lambrich, daughter of Keith Lambrich, Local Lodge 726 (Owensboro, Ky.), will be attending Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.
Jessica Lee, daughter of James Lee II, Local Lodge 290 (Bremerton, Wash.), has advised that she will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle.
Nicole Leveillee, daughter of Roger Leveillee, Local Lodge 29 (Boston), plans to attend the University of Connecticut.
Marie Livesey, daughter of Brian Livesey, Local Lodge 28 (Newark, N.J.), will be attending Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she plans to pursue a career in medicine. She is also the recipient of Stockton’s Provost Scholarship.
Jennifer Martin, daughter of Thomas Martin, Local Lodge 105 (Chillicothe, Ohio), plans to attend Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Ashlee O’Donnell, daughter of John O’Donnell, Local Lodge 154, has advised that she will be attending Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
Aleece Phillips, daughter of John Phillips, Local Lodge 4 (Page, Ariz.), will be attending Drexel University College of Engineering in Philadelphia, Pa.
Rebecca Rafferty, daughter of Carl Rafferty, Local Lodge 500 (Salem, Ore.), hopes to become a pharmacist. She will be attending Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
Cassandra Robinson, daughter of Robert Cornelison, Local Lodge 744, will be studying pre-pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.
Ryan Sprowl, son of Mark Sprowl, Local Lodge 154, will be majoring in visual communication design with a concentration in graphic design at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Maria Stupnikov, daughter of William Stupnikov, Local Lodge 5 (New York), will be attending Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Jerrod Tidwell, son of Mark Tidwell, Local Lodge 455 (Sheffield, Ala.), will be studying pre-pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama.
Ashley Unzicker, daughter of Dallas Unzicker, Local Lodge 158 (Peoria, Ill.), also plans to study pre-pharmacy at Eureka College in Illinois.
Sarah Voelker, daughter of Keith Voelker, Local Lodge 443 (Manitowoc, Wis.,), plans to major in nursing at Marian University in Fond Du Lac, Wis.
Emilee Waldron, stepdaughter of Gregory Peelman, Local Lodge 374 (Hammond, Ind.), will major in pre-pharmacy at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Michal Weikert, stepdaughter of Clinton “Tim” Swisher, Local Lodge 105, plans to attend Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Ryan Worton, son of Barry Worton, Local Lodge 28, will be attending Rutgers School of Engineering in Piscataway, N.J.