by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – A Harrison based company will be donating 20-thousand dollars to the Northark Foundation annually to help area students achieve degrees in manufacturing.
Pace Industries announced this week it will be funding scholarships for kids in Boone, Marion, Madison, Carroll, and Searcy counties, who plan to enroll in Northark’s engineering technology or manufacturing processes courses. Ken Stuckey the director of talent acquisition and development at Pace says he believes this will help the community and the company.
According to the release, pace industries has become one of the biggest and diversified die casting companies since opening in the mid 1960’s. Micki Somers with North Arkansas College says admission staff is currently taking applications for the Pace Manufacturing Scholarship.
From the Release:
Pace will donate $20,000 annually to fund $1,000 ($500/semester) scholarships for freshman students enrolled in engineering or manufacturing technology courses at Northark. Up to four sophomore students can earn $1,500 ($750/semester) in the second year at Northark if they have completed a summer internship at Pace Industries, Harrison Division. Scholarship applications will be taken from students at the high schools in the counties of Boone, Marion, Madison, Newton, Carroll and Searcy counties who enroll in Northark’s Engineering Technology or Manufacturing Processes course and intend to pursue a career in these career fields. Each application should contain a recommendation letter from the high school Career and Technical Education teacher. Student must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to students who have participated in BEST Robotics or SkillsUSA competition, attend the Northark Technical Center or completed a class through Northark’s concurrent credit offerings.
Representatives from Pace Industries will present the scholarships to recipients at their high school awards ceremonies or graduation.Scholarship applications are now being accepted for students who plan to enroll in summer or fall 2016. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2016. Applications should include a letter from the student and a recommendation letter from their CTE instructor. Submit scholarship applications to: Northark Foundation, ATTN: Pace Industries Manufacturing Technology Scholarships, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR. Applications may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.