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Miller Electric, UWFox Team Up to Offer Scholarships

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Robotics pictureOne of the Fox Cities' premier businesses, Miller Electric Mfg. Co, with its headquarters in Appleton, WI, has announced that it will be working with the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc., to provide scholarships to students who will be studying engineering and robotics at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley through the Fox Valley Engineering Program. The scholarships will total $40,000 for two years.

The Fox Valley Engineering Program is an academic collaboration between UWFox and UW-Platteville that leads to a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering, with all classes being held at the UWFox campus in Menasha.

"Skilled electrical and mechanical engineers have a significant role to play in the manufacturing sector and other industries both here in the Fox Valley and nationally," said Bruce Albrecht (vice president of global innovation and technology for ITW Welding companies, including Miller). "We're proud to partner with UWFox to invest in these students and help them realize promising careers while strengthening the workforce in the region."

Dr. Martin Rudd, campus executive officer and dean at UWFox, as well as a board member of the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, said, "Developing an excellent relationship with Miller, an engineering partner who recognizes the value of locally educated and employed graduates, has directly led to these scholarships being awarded. The Fox Valley Engineering Program is highly regarded in this region and this commitment to the students at all levels of their education demonstrates our joint desire to further increase capacity in this critical collaboration."

According to Lisa Weiner, executive director of the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, "This is a new scholarship funded by Miller through the Illinois Tool Works Foundation, the foundation of Miller's parent company, Illinois Tool Works, Inc. The program is actually for 10 scholarships, with each for $1,000 per semester. The scholarships are for UWFox students enrolled in pre-engineering courses (freshmen and sophomores) as well as for students already enrolled in the UWFox/UW-Platteville Collaborative Engineering Program" (accepted into the UW-Platteville engineering program at the junior and senior level).

Miller is funding these scholarships so that UWFox can take a pro-active role in growing the Fox Valley Engineering Program to capacity and increasing student diversity in this program to better serve local industry needs," Weiner said.

To further strengthen and enhance these programs Miller engineering staff will take an active role in mentoring scholarship recipients and other students enrolled in the Fox Valley Engineering Program. In addition, Miller engineers and UWFox are actively working to attract young people to engineering career paths by starting new VEX robotic teams at the Boys and Girls Club along with sponsoring other robotic teams and events in the local area. WFox continues to provide fun and interesting evens for young people such as GEMS – "Girls in Engineering, Math and Science."

Weiner outlined the criteria for scholarships. "Scholarships are to be awarded to ethnic minorities and women. Award recipients must demonstrate financial need. In order to be considered for this scholarship students must have a 3.0 grade point average. Freshmen award recipients must have successfully completed the minimum high school level of trigonometry. Award recipients must carry a minimum course load of nine credits. Finally, continuing students must show progress in completing the required classes needed for obtaining engineering degrees."

For more information about the Miller Engineering Scholarships, contact the UWFox Office of Student Services, 920-832-2620 or email foxinfo@uwc.edu.

About Miller:

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in Appleton, WI, is a leading worldwide supplier of Miller brand arc welding equipment and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (NYSE: ITW)

For more information, visit Miller's website at www.millerwelds.com, call 1-800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553), email info@millerwelds, fax 877-327-8132, or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

Other scholarship information, including the Miller Electric scholarship, can be found on this page: www.uwfox.uwc.edu/admreg/aid_uwc.html

Posted 12/17/2012