Ron Whitman Scholarship
Ron Whitman, LeTourneau 1956, was an instructor at the Texas State Technical Institute in Waco. Ron took a personal interest in each of his students both in the class room and out. His genuine concern for the wellbeing of his fellow man is admirable. He is always willing to give his time and energy away to benefit others. Ron is the engineer and gentleman we should aspire to be. His enthusiasm for the field of welding technology was contagious. As Dan Allford, President, ARC Specialties stated “Ron Whitman is one of the most influential people in my life. I met Ron in 1977. He was my instructor at the Texas State Technical Institute in Waco. I was fascinated by his stories of the challenges he faced and the solutions he created. He taught me the power of books. Ron supported most of his lectures with copies of pages from a wide array of books. Frequently I would become intrigued with an article and search out the book to delve deeper into the subject. My success is due in no small part to his inspiration. One of the things he taught me was to help others. This scholarship is a way for me to apply his lessons and express my gratitude for what he has done for all of his students.”
This scholarship is for a student at LeTourneau University pursuing a bachelors degree restricted to Materials Joining Engineering.
- Applicant must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.
- Applicant must have a minimum high school diploma.
- Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum overall grade point average.
- Applicant must be enrolled full time.
- Applicant must have proof of financial need as defined by FAFSA.
- Applicant may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
- Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
- Applicant must have documented hands-on welding work experience.
- Applicant must be attending LeTourneau University pursuing a bachelors degree in Materials Joining Engineering. Materials Joining Engineering Technology candidates are not eligible.
- Applicants may reapply; persons who have received this award may reapply, and may be granted the award for a maximum of four years.
- ESSAY (300-500 words) – Why I want to Pursue a Career in Welding.
The recipient will be chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of at least five (5) members from the Education Scholarship Committee.
The yearly award is $2,500. No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and fees only, and will be paid directly to LeTourneau University by the AWS Foundation.
Become a Skilled Tradeperson
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