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Waupaca Foundry Awards Scholarships

Graduating High School Seniors Receive $39,000

At Waupaca Foundry, we are committed to the well-being of our employees, their families and our surrounding communities. We have been awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors on their achievements for more than 40 years now. We are pleased to announce this year we have awarded $39,000 in scholarships to graduates across the United States. Many of the recipients are children of employees, and all are attending a two-year or four-year college in the fall.

Twenty seven 2018 high school graduates received $39,000 in scholarships from Waupaca Foundry.

Each of our foundries and machine shops have selected its recipients and awarded the following 2018 scholarships:

Waupaca, Wisconsin - Headquarters and two gray iron foundries

  • Iola-Scandinavia High School senior Karena Finch was awarded $2,000 and will be attending University of Minnesota to study Spanish. She will be working at the Foundry this summer in the R&D office. Her dad, Mark Finch, works in maintenance at Waupaca Foundry headquarters.
  • Iola-Scandinavia High School senior Courtney Mallo was awarded $1,000 and will attend Fox Valley Technical College to study safety engineering technology. She is an intern in the safety department at the Foundry this summer. Her dad, Jason Mallo, works in maintenance at Waupaca Foundry headquarters.
  • Waupaca High School senior Erik Hemmila was awarded $1,000. He will attend Fox Valley Technical College and is pursuing a degree as a network specialist. He is the son of Mike Hemmila, who is a maintenance manager at Plant 2/3.
  • Waupaca High School senior Ryan Hemmila was awarded $2,000 and will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison to study computer engineering. His dad, Mike Hemmila, is a maintenance manager at Plant 2/3.
  • Waupaca High School senior Alana Radley was awarded $2,000. She is attending Carthage College to study athletic training. She is the daughter of Mike Radley, who works in Plant 2/3 shipping.
  • Waupaca High School senior Sean Mckibben is this year’s Outstanding Waupaca Senior. He was awarded $2,000 and will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison to study physics.

Marinette, Wisconsin ductile iron foundry

  • Preble High School senior Cassidy Hollan was awarded $2,000 and will attend Purdue University to study planetary and atmospheric science in the fall. She is the daughter of Rich Zillmer, an electrician at Waupaca Foundry.
  • Stephenson High School senior Paige Thoune was awarded $2,000, and she is attending Lake Superior State University to study nursing. Her father, Brad Thoune, has been working at Waupaca Foundry for 20 years and is a shakeout operator.
  • Peshtigo High School senior Seth Court was awarded $1,000 and will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Marinette to pursue a degree in welding.
  • Marinette High School seniror Myra Zuraski was awarded $1,000 and will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to study design and graphic technology.

Etowah, Tennessee ductile iron foundry

  • McMinn Central High School senior Kaid Black was awarded $1,500 and will be attending Tennessee Wesleyan University in the fall to study aerospace engineering.
  • McMinn Central High School senior Ryan Gambill was awarded $1,500 and will study biochemistry at Lee University.
  • McMinn Central High School senior Brent Phillips was awarded $1,500 and will attend University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall to study business management.
  • McMinn County High School senior Hunter Jaynes was awarded $1,500 and will study mechanical engineering at University of Alabama in Huntsville.
  • McMinn County High School senior William Phillips was awarded $1,500 and will study management information systems at Belmont University.
  • McMinn County High School senior Dylan Watson was awarded $1,500 and will attend Tennessee Wesleyan University in the fall to study mechanical engineering.

Effingham, Illinois machining center

Effingham High School seniors who all will attend Lake Land College in the fall.

  • Blake Lohman was awarded $1,000 and will study mechanical engineering;
  • Kaleb Blake was awarded $500 and will study pre-engineering;
  • Jacob Sigg was awarded $500 and will study petroleum engineering.

Tell City, Indiana gray and ductile iron foundry:

  • Cannelton High School senior Ethan Melton was awarded $1,500 and will attend Indiana University the fall to study accounting;
  • Perry Central High School senior Brooke Lasher was awarded $1,500 and will attend Indiana University to study physical therapy and exercise science. She is the daughter of Wayne Lasher, a 20-year employee, who is a sand lab technician. She will be working at Waupaca Foundry this summer.
  • Perry Central High School senior Kayla Parker was awarded $1,500 and will attend Western Kentucky University to study psychology. She is the daughter of John Parker. He has been an employee for 21 years and is a millroom foreman.
  • Perry Central High School senior Abby Rogier was awarded $1,500 and will study dental hygiene at University of Southern Indiana in the fall. She is the daughter of Marty Rogier, a 21-year employee, who is a quality assurance analyst and machinist. Abby is also employed at Waupaca Foundry this summer.
  • Perry Central High School senior Elizabeth Dauby was awarded $1,500 and will attend the University of Southern Indiana to study physical therapy and exercise science.
  • Tell City High School senior Kailynn Hawhee was awarded $1,500 and will attend Owensboro Community and Technical College to become a social worker. She is the daughter of sample and scrap analyst, Frank Hawhee, a 21-year employee.
  • Tell City High School senior Thomas Simpson was awarded $1,500 and will attend Purdue University in the fall to study computer science.
  • Tell City High School senior Leo Simpson was awarded the First Annual Stephan Lochner Memorial Technical Scholarship, a $1,500 award, in memoriam of an employee who passed away in 2017. Leo will attend Purdue University to study computer science.
“We supply these scholarships because we want to give back to our local schools, communities, and most importantly, our employees. For young adults that have roots where we have operations, it gives them the chance to come back after college to lead a professional career in their hometowns.”
- Kirk Kallio

Congratulations to this year’s scholarships recipients, and we wish you the best on your future endeavors.