WMIA Awards $30,000 in Scholarships

The WMIA Scholarship Foundation awarded $30,000 scholarships in 2008 to students seeking careers in wood technology, machinery and related fields. This represents a new high in scholarship awards.

These talented students were selected based on academic success, interests and special abilities. This year’s recipients are:

Andrew Arce
Seattle Community College
Seattle, WA

Hello, my name is Andrew Arce and I am a full time student at the Wood Construction Center of Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington. I recently completed the Boatbuilding Program (wood and composite) and am currently enrolled in the Cabinet and Fine Furniture Program. I am also a dedicated, loving partner and proud father of our 15-month-old daughter. Prior to entering the trades I served six years in the U.S. Navy as a Machinistís Mate and Diver on board submarines. I have always had a love for working with machinery and problem solving.

My future aspirations include utilizing the skills learned at the Wood Construction Center to produce high quality, custom, finish carpentry in the residential and marine industries. I eventually plan to specialize in the design and fabrication of custom yacht interiors, maximizing available storage and efficiency of space while maintaining a stunning appearance with the beauty of wood.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Trustees of the WMIA and extend the gratitude of my family. This scholarship will provide significant relief as we both strive to complete our degrees and raise our beautiful daughter. Thank you for such a generous award!

Jordan Clous Backs
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

I grew up in Lockwood, Missouri. I have always enjoyed building and engineering projects, this is what drew me to the woodworking industry. I also enjoy learning how advances in technology can make the industry more efficient.

This fall I will be finishing my senior year at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. I am pursuing a degree in Wood Technology with an emphasis in Wood Product Manufacturing and a minor in Business Administration. I plan to pursue a master’s degree starting next spring. I am currently the President of our student organization, Society of Architectural Woodworkers (SAW Club). I plan in taking an internship this summer on Tulsa, OK.

Matthew Loren Beverlin
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

I grew up outside the small town of Elbing, KS, where I attended Berean Academy and took four years of woodworking in Bereanís Industrial Arts program. I am presently enrolled at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, pursuing a degree in Wood Technology with an emphasis in Wood Products Manufacturing.

I will be entering into my fourth year at Pittsburg State and am planning on graduating in May of 2009. I have interned for Harwood Manufacturing in Burrton Kansas the summer after me third year and am currently interning with MAMTC at Pittsburg State University. After Graduation I will be entering into the Wood Products Manufacturing Industry in pursuit of a career.

Kevin Bowman
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

My name is Kevin Bowman, and currently I am interning at Rothan Millwork Company located in Peoria Illinois for the summer. I will then return to school in the fall and I am a going to be a senior majoring in the Wood Technology department at Pittsburg State University of Pittsburg Kansas.

This will be my second year attending Pittsburg State. Previously, I attended Carl Sandburg Community College in Galesburg Illinois. While there I took general education courses with the intention of transferring into the Pittsburg State wood technology program. During the two years I attended Carl Sandburg College I had two academic scholarships for maintaining a good grade point average.

Caleb Galemore
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

I am currently a Wood Technology student a Pittsburg State University. I anticipate graduating in the spring of 2010. I have been working with wood since high school. From 2000 ñ 2004, I attended Chanute High School and in the time I was there I completed Woods 1, 2, Advanced Woods, as well as a work study in the Wood Lab though the school.

Since 2006 I have attended Pitt State I have made fair marks in all my classes. I have completed Wood Science, Primary Processing, Machine Woods, Finishing, Laminate and Overlay, and Facility and Maintenance Management. In the last two years I also have taken Internships.

In the summer of 2007 I attended Brochsteins Inc. in Houston, Texas where I learned valuable skills that I used to better myself and my classmates in the following year. I am also taking an internship in Kansas City, Kansas with a company called Dimensional Innovation I have very high expectations for this summer.

Thank you so very much for choosing me for this scholarship it will help immensely.

Ashley Harvey
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

My name is Ashley Harvey and I am presently enrolled in Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas pursuing my degree in Wood Technology with an emphasis in Wood Product Manufacturing. I graduated from Webb City High School in Webb City,

Missouri in 2007. I took four years of woodworking in my Industrial Arts class, earning numerous awards and recognition for projects that include a dome clock, the Eiffel Tower and a desk cabinet. I became a member of the Society of Architectural Woodworkers during my first semester at Pitt State and would one day like to own a wood manufacturing business.

Jeff Perkins
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

I am currently a junior in Wood Technology at Pittsburg State University. In the summer of 2007, I completed my first internship with Wood Systems in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I worked in six different departments, including assembly, finishing, solid surfacing, custom residential, custom commercial,laminate shop and the installation team. I believe I was afforded this opportunity because of Pittsburg State Universityís Wood Technologyís reputation in the industry.

This summer (2008) I have secured another internship at Brochsteinís in Houston, Texas. Brochsteinís is a high end residential work. I look forward to this unique opportunity to work with one of the best architectural millwork companies in the U.S. I am sure it will be a great experience and tremendous learning opportunity.

After attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta and assisting IWF with the technical seminars, I will return to Pittsburg State University for my senior year and plan to graduate in May of 2009.

Christopher Placke
University of Rio Grande
Rio Grand, OH

I am Christopher Placke, and I am attending The University of Rio Grande. I was born in North Carolina but now live in St. Maryís, Ohio. I enjoy playing sports, fishing and trying new things. I am involved with S.I.F.E. (Students in Free Enterprise). I am also involved in Search, which is a campus wide bible study.

I am going to college to receive my bachelorís degree in Fine Woodworking. I became interested in building furniture from my parents when I was a kid. My parents owned a woodworking business in North Carolina, but had to close it when we moved to Ohio. They taught me all that they knew about woodworking. Most of it is still useful but I have found many new tricks and techniques that they never knew.

I took two years of high school woodworking. In those two years, I learned the basics of using machinery and finishing. I built a cedar chest, a nightstand, and three shelves in those two years. My first year in college, I built two shaker nightstands, three shelves and a bookcase. I now have a full time job during the summer and part-time during school at Timber Creek Custom Cabinetry. My long term goal is to one day own my own woodworking business.

Scott Vasey
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

Scott is entering his sophomore year at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas where he has been a member of the Society of Architectural Woodworkers Club since his freshman year. Scott was also a recipient of a 2007 WMIA Scholarship.

He took numerous hours of woodworking at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska earning recognition and awards at the 2006 IWF Competition in Atlanta, Georgia and the 2007 AWFS Fresh Woods Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the summer of 2007, Scott helped a local Lincoln woodworker construct a jewelry display case for a Lincoln Art Museum which was dedicated to the museum in the fall. Scott plans to obtain a Bachelorís Degree in Wood Technology from Pittsburg State.