Scholarships for engineering students

Published 8:10 am Thursday, December 13, 2018

High school students looking for a career in engineering are encouraged to apply for the Ross Wagner Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships of up to $25,000 each year to a maximum of $100,000 over four years to attend one of the top 30 engineering schools in the United States and Canada.

The scholarships are available through the fund established by Gemini, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of dimensional letters, logos and plaques for the sign, identification and recognition industries.

The fund was created in honor of Ross Wagner, the Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors from 1988-1992. The Ross Wagner Scholarships provide scholarships for students majoring in civil, biomedical, aeronautical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and chemical engineering. Students seeking degrees in chemistry and physics may also apply. The Ross Wagner Scholarships are open to high school students in the United States and Canada only in communities where Gemini has plants like Farmville, Virginia.

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In addition, the student must attend one of the top 30 engineering schools in the U.S. and Canada as rated by U.S. News and World Report (those that include Doctorate programs). Additionally, McGill University, the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University at Vancouver, British Columbia are eligible schools.

A World War II veteran who witnessed the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, Ross C. Wagner (1924-1992) was also vice president and general manager of ADC during a time when the company grew from $3.5 million in sales to $400 million. He succeeded Donald Mensing as chairman of Gemini’s Board of Directors, and was instrumental in several engineering decisions at Gemini during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

To apply or for a complete list of guidelines for the Ross Wagner Scholarship, visit the website at rosswagnerfoundation. org or contact Nancy Vandergon at Gemini Incorporated at (507) 263-3957. Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019