CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University recently awarded two Industry Appreciation Scholarships to Eaton Electrical facilities in Avery Creek and Arden.
Duane Dunlap, head of Western’s department of engineering technology, presented the awards, in the amount of $250 each, to company representatives as part of the 2003 Industry Appreciation Event and Business Development Conference sponsored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships will be given to employees of the Eaton Electrical plants to be used toward an undergraduate or graduate degree at Western during the 2004-05 academic year.
Each year, the Asheville chamber, in conjunction with the Manufacturers Executive Association, recognizes contributions made by local manufacturers to the community’s growth and development by presenting “manufacturer of the year” awards based on employee involvement, product innovations, community involvement, quality programs, safety improvements and productivity gains.
Four institutions of higher education in the Asheville area (Western, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Mars Hill College and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College) each present a scholarship to one of the four winning manufacturers, to be used by employees of those companies toward college degrees.
“Over the past five years, four students in the undergraduate program in engineering technology and one in the graduate program in business have benefited from these scholarships,” said Patsy Miller, director of WCU Programs in Asheville.
For more information on the Industry Appreciation Scholarship or on WCU Programs in Asheville, call (828) 251-6642.