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
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 doesn’t 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 WDB’s Annual Dinner on Sept. 23
at Scenic View Country Club in Slinger.
“We want to impact and help someone,”
To fill out the scholarship application
form, go to