|MWFA Scholarships Awarded
The MWFA is proud to announce 30th awarding of MWFA
scholarships. This yearís scholarships were awarded November 7th at
the annual Scholarship meeting. Chef
Peter Balodimas was present as guest speaker addressing the audience. Peterís
message on pursuing a dream and not giving up when you hit downfalls came from
the heart. He spoke of his start at 13
when his father sent him to work at his friendís restaurant with hopes heíd
give up the foolish idea of becoming a chef.
After all the family had a successful funeral business which he could
take over. The harder he was pushed the
more Peter wanted to pursue his dream. His stories of successes and failures
proved you can do what you really want to as long as youíre willing to continue
to work hard for your goal.
This year, the MWFA celebrate
a special milestone in scholarship awards; they reached the half million dollar
mark with our cumulative awarded total at $509,700. It is mainly the MWFA shows and membership
donations which provide the funds for this outstanding program. They take their
motto: ĎWhere education is a priorityĒ very seriously.
In addition to the MWFA fund raising efforts, they are grateful to
companies and families donating scholarships making it possible to award larger
scholarships to a few of the applicants.
Special recognition was given to XL Screw Corp. for sponsoring a
whole scholarship for the 15th year year which is unprecedented. XL has been a great proponent of sponsoring
the MWFA scholarship program.
to the following students receiving 2014 Scholarships.
Jeanine Liautaud daughter of Joseph Liautaud-Acme
Industrial Company. Jeanine is currently
a sophomore at Webster University
majoring in photography & minoring in media communications.
Nick Limardo son of Efrain Limardo-Elgin Fastener
Group. Nick is currently a senior at
Indiana University completing his degree in Neuroscience.
Brittany Yerges daughter of Debbie Yerges-Global
Fastener & Supply Inc. Brittany is currently a High School senior planning
to study Interior Architecture & Design in college.
Madeline Fickel daughter of Herbert Fickel-Trinity
Logistics Corp. Madeline is junior at the University of Iowa studying computer
Morgan Jozsa daughter of Alan Jozsa-Gateway Screw
& Rivet. Morgan is a High School
senior still pursuing options for college major.
Megan McKinnon daughter of Mike McKinnon-Rogers
Brothers Galvanizing. Megan is a High
School senior planning to major in accounting/finance in college.
Bailey Kondrat daughter of Tom Kondrat-Screws
Industries. Bailey is a freshman at Illinois State University majoring in
History & Social Science Education.
Miranda Richter daughter of Catherine Richter-Elgin
Fastener Group. Miranda is a High School senior looking to pursue a nursing
Michelle Cavoto daughter of Rich Cavoto-Metric &
Multistandard. Michelle is a freshman at Purdue University pursuing her degree
I Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Cottone daughter of
Brian Cottone-Kanebridge Corp.
Anastasia is a freshman at Reinhardt
University pursuing her degree in Education.
David Carey employee of Clarcorp Industrial Sales. David is pursuing his degree in Quality
Management allowing him to continue to be an important asset at Clarcorp.
Phillips daughter of
Felica Phillips-Screws Industries.
Jessica is a High School senior planning to double major, French
Translation & Theatrical Design, in college.
To revisit MWFA dollar accomplishment for this year, the MWFA also
thanked the media for their role in this accomplishment. There are many components contributing to
making our events successful. The media,
over the years, has played a role in pre and post reportings, allowing the
industry more awareness as to the programs we are offering.
To thank them, this year, scholarships were named in their name
which they also have contributed towards.
Our appreciation to the media is not limited to these publications;
however, we thank the following for committing to a scholarship in their name.
$1,500 Media Awards
American Fastener Journal- Kristen Koors, daughter of Roger
Koors-Elgin Fastener Group. Kristen is a
junior at Bell State University pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Fastener Technology Intíl- Joseph Nolan, son of Marty Nolan-R. L.
English Co. Joseph is a freshman at Ohio
University majoring in Accounting with studies in Spanish also.
Fully Threaded Radio-Marissa Remus, daughter of Dave Remus-Beacon Fasteners &
Components. Marissa is a freshman at Illinois
State University studying Food, Nutrition & Dietetics.
Global Fastener News-Ewelina Wesolowska, spouse of Jozef Wesolowoski-Gateway Screw &
Rivet Inc. Ewelina is determined to
complete her education goals not only for herself but to prove to her daughters
you can make dreams come true at any age.
Corp. Scholarship in the amount of $2,500
yearís XL Screw Corp. Scholarship was
awarded to Sarah Michaels daughter
of Tom Michaels of Komar Screw Corp. Sarah
is a junior at Anderson University working towards her degree in Nursing. She then plans to continue on to further her
education as a Nurse Practitioner or Physicianís Assistant. Throughout High
School and College she has remained in the top level of her class, receiving
many awards, while continuing extensive volunteer work.
Bill Lang Sr. Memorial
Scholarship in the amount of $2,000
Four years ago, the MWFA lost a former MWFA President and
several term board member-Bill Lang Sr. of Certified Products. Bill Lang Sr.
was a one of a kind person in our industry who will always be remembered for
his ďgreat ideas,Ē support of the association, his humor and his assistance
whenever needed. Billís family has graciously made a very generous donation to
continue this scholarship in Billís name.
This year, the Bill Lang Sr. Memorial Scholarship was
awarded to Angelica Jaje daughter of
Adam Jaje-CSM Fastener Products.
Angelica is a sophomore at DePaul University working towards her
Anthropology Major. This choice came
after a trip to Jordan, during college, and the study of the Arabic language
and working with a professor who is an Anthropologist. She later plans to go on
to law school and pursue a degree in International Law.
Richard S. Piskoty Memorial
Scholarship in the amount of $2,000
Richard S. Piskoty Memorial Scholarship has been donated by Clarcorp. Richard
Piskoty was one of those all around kind of men. His life led him in many
directions and every path he took he made an impact on the people around
him. He was a teacher, a coach, a mentor and a friend. Each of
those aspects from him was present in every job he ever had. The lives he
touched along the way ranged from the kids he taught and coached to the
salespeople that worked for him. With a young family in tow, he worked in
the fastener industry until his retirement. It is because of his devotion
to his family, dedication to his career, and desire to pass on and give back to
others that this scholarship is dedicated.
The Richard S. Piskoty Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Charlotte Skala daughter of Michael
Skala-ICS Flange. Charlotte has remained
in the top 4% of her class while receiving several honors, participating in
many extracurricular and volunteer activities through school, church and community. While she is still seeking her true calling
she plans to challenge herself through college and obtain a masterís degree or
Ph.D. She believes the more knowledge,
the more she will succeed.
Raul Torres Memorial Scholarship in the
amount of $2,000
recently passed away after spending 50 years in the fastener industry. He
started with Schnitzer Alloys in the 60ís then went on to Albany Products,
Action Threaded Products and Star Stainless Screw. He was a gentleman who
mentored many. Raul spent several years on the MWFA Scholarship Committee. We thank Star for starting the Raul Torres
Memorial Scholarship fund. We also thank
Vera Torres, Fall River Mfg. and Don Westby for generous donations to this
fund. Because of the generosity of these people, this scholarship will continue
for a minimum of the next seventeen years-we thank you.
Raul Torres Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brittany Majewski, daughter of Jeannine Dzienis-Willie Washer
Mfg. Brittany is a senior at Lewis
University. She enjoys volunteering from repairing cars for low income families
to fixing roofs and flooring at an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She continues to be on the Deanís List and
instructs in the art of Tae Kwon Do. Her fascination has always been with
airplanes which led her to her career goal-an Air Traffic Controller.
Thank you to
our Scholarship Committee: Glen
Brin (Chairman), Wayne Wishnew, and Matt
Delawder for their time and dedication.
awarded to MWFA members, by the MWFA, annually in November. Completed
applicationsare due into the MWFA office by September15th. Applications may be found on line at