Workforce Development offers $4,000 scholarship
Award to help individual advance career in manufacturing

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Aug. 27, 2015

PEWAUKEE - Recognizing that it can be hard, if not impossible, for some people to pursue their career goals due to financial constraints, the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board is offering a $4,000 scholarship to help an individual in need.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Sept. 7. The criteria for the Reveal Your Passion for Manufacturing Scholarship Program is: being between the ages of 17 and 24; residing in Waukesha, Ozaukee or Washington counties; have a high school diploma or equivalent; held at minimum a 2.5 GPA in high school; can demonstrate need for financial assistance; enrolled in an industrial and manufacturing program at a college starting in fall 2015 or spring 2016; can provide college acceptance letter or class schedule; and is highly motivated and pursuing a career in the industrial and manufacturing sector.

WOW Workforce Development Board President Francisco Sanchez said his staff learned that AT&T was offering funding for an organization. After receiving the $2,000 from AT&T, the Workforce Development Board matched the amount to help the youth population.

We are looking for someone who really needs the money in order to achieve their occupational goals, Sanchez said.

He envisions the scholarship recipient as someone who is interested in getting on a career path in manufacturing. Perhaps the person is already working on an assembly line, but wants to become a CNC machinist or a mechanical engineer, yet doesnt have the money to purse the additional education.

Cindy Simons, operations manager for WOW Workforce Development, Inc., said her hope is to expose someone to the possibilities of a career in manufacturing so he or she can advance his or her skills and earn a family sustaining wage.

Sanchez said now felt like a good time to offer the scholarship because September is Workforce Development Month in Wisconsin and October is Manufacturing Month nationally.

WOW WDB will accept the first 20 applications from people who have overcome significant obstacles and are determined to obtain an associate degree in the industrial and manufacturing sector.

The scholarship applicants will be vetted by a committee comprised of WOW Workforce Development Board members and staff on Sept. 10. The winner will be saluted during the WOW WDBs Annual Dinner on Sept. 23 at Scenic View Country Club in Slinger.

We want to impact and help someone, Sanchez said.

To fill out the scholarship application form, go to