The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing Offers Scholarships for Students Pursuing Career in Manufacturing

The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. has began issuing scholarships to five students in pursuit of higher education who graduated this year from Smyth and Washington County schools.

The purpose of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance to students who wish to pursue post-secondary education in a field of study that relates to manufacturing. These fields include hands-on programs such as welding and machining, technical programs such as computer aided drafting/design, robotics, and manufacturing/industrial engineering, and business programs such as management and accounting.

This serves in support of one of the goals of The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. which is to increase the number of young adults who pursue manufacturing careers.

In the Spring, students who submitted applications for the scholarship were interviewed by the SVAM Scholarship Committee. The students chosen are on the path to a career that could greatly benefit the southwest Virginia region. These students showed a passion for manufacturing as well as the southwest Virginia region.

SVAM was pleased to offer scholarships to the following students: Mason Peterson of the Neff Center, Isaiah Roberts of the Smyth County Career and Technology Center, Katy McCarty of Marion Senior High School, Leora Witherspoon of Marion Senior High School, and Caleb Ashley of Northwood High School.