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BCTC Foundation Receives Major Gift to Establish Hobart Opportunity Scholarships

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Foundation announced a donation of $20,000 from the Hobart Corporation, a division of the ITW Food Equipment Group. The initial donation was matched by the ITW Foundation through their employee match program, which provides a 3-to-1 match for employee gifts to qualifying 501c3 organizations.

This gift will establish an endowed scholarship fund at BCTC in honor of Jeff Hogue, Director of Operations Manager for ITW Food Equipment Group Warewash and Waste; and Sherry Davis, Human Resources Manager for ITW Food Equipment Group, Danville Division.

Were very pleased that the Hobart Corporation has made the decision to establish this scholarship and to support welding technology students, said Laurel Raimondo Martin, BCTC Foundation Executive Director. The gift of an education is a powerful one and this scholarship will provide meaningful financial support for students who are interested in pursuing a high-wage, high-demand career in welding. When students receive scholarships, they frequently state that the financial support fuels their confidence and determination as they pursue their education.

The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a diploma, certificate, or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding Technology, with a preference for a student studying on BCTC's Danville Campus, and for a student who has experience in the welding profession and/or has earned dual credit while in high school in the area of welding technology. The scholarship may be renewed provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress as determined by the BCTC Scholarship Committee. The scholarship award may be used for tuition, books, fees, academic support materials, and equipment.

Our students benefit so much from the generosity of corporate partners such as Hobart. We appreciate this investment in the future of students, the workforce, and our region. So many people support the skill-based programs that prepare students for good jobs, said Dr. Augusta A. Julian, BCTC President. With business and industry support like this, we can serve the needs of local employers and ensure students are ready for the workplace.