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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Full Scholarship Available to Engineering Students

High school students looking for a career in engineering are encouraged to apply for the Ross Wagner Scholarship. An unlimited number of scholarships have been established by Gemini Incorporated in honor of Ross Wagner, who was chairman of the company’s Board of Directors from 1988-1992.

The Ross Wagner Scholarships provide full-ride scholarships for students majoring in civil, biomedical, aeronautical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and chemical engineering. Students seeking degrees in chemistry and physics may also apply. It is open to students in the United States and Canada attending the local high school in cities where Gemini has plants; Farmville, VA; Taylor, TX; Cannon Falls, MN; Fallon, NV; Decorah, IA; and Hanover, Ontario. It is also available to students attending the local high school in the hometowns of Gemini’s founders; Howard, SD and Randolph, MN.

In addition, the student must attend one of the top 30 engineering schools in the U.S. and Canada as rated by U.S. News and World Report (those that include Doctorate programs). Additionally, McGill University, the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University at Vancouver, British Columbia are eligible schools. The student must maintain a B grade-point average, work in the school’s engineering lab, and work in the field of endeavor during summer break.

A World War II veteran who witnessed the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, Ross C. Wagner (1924-1992) was also Vice President and General Manager of ADC during a time when the company grew from $3.5 million in sales to $400 million. He succeeded Donald Mensing as chairman of Gemini’s Board of Directors, and was instrumental in several engineering decisions at Gemini during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wagner graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and finished his studies at the University of Iowa.

Several students from the Cannon Falls area have recently been benefited from the Ross Wagner Scholarship:

Laura Ramstad is a second year student in the engineering program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She did an internship over the summer for a biomedical research start-up company.

Evan Owens is a senior at the University of Wisconsin studying civil engineering. Over the summer, he was a researcher for the Civil Engineering Department at the university.

Courtney Podritz is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Biomedical Engineering. During the summer she worked in her professor’s research lab growing fibrin-based artificial arteries.

Nikita Novik is attending The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, where he is be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Colin Fennern is attending The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he is pursuing an engineering degree.

Gemini Incorporated is a world leader in the development and production of dimensional letters, logos and plaques. To serve its customers better, Gemini has 18 plants located in seven sites in North America. Several full-expense reimbursement scholarships are available. For a complete list of guidelines and an application for the Ross Wagner Scholarship, go to rosswagnerfoundation.org. Students must apply no later than February 15.

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