This week was Awards night at the local high school. Seniors were awarded certificates and medals for their achieving National Honor Society and various grade point average milestones.
Also on the agenda was the awarding of college scholarships by assorted groups, organizations, and companies to deserving seniors.
PlastiCert participated again, offering up two different scholarships seniors could apply for. The first of which is named in honor of our company’s founder Howard Ysteboe. Howard was quite a talented engineer and so we offer $1,000 to a senior going into engineering (primary) or one of technical sciences (secondary). We also offer a scholarship that represents all our coworkers, named in honor of two coworkers that succumbed to cancer. This scholarship is offered to a senior going into the medical or social services field, both areas that were critical during cancer treatment.
The evening was only partially celebratory for PlastiCert, as our Founder’s Engineering/Sciences Scholarship for a future engineering student had no applicants. The program did not list this scholarship. Rather than just pass over it, I took the pulpit opportunity to inform the crowd of seniors, parents, AND administrators how disappointed I was that their graduating class had NO ONE going on to major in the sciences.(I was told that the message was received very clearly).
I was then able to award our J&N Memorial Scholarship to a very bright young lady that has chosen the medical field. Going into Surgical Technology has been a career dream for this individual for as long as she can remember. She made mention that her grades have always been her top priority. Looking at her high school progression, she has improved her GPA and her class ranking each and every year.
This last year she took off-site classes in the medical field to both increase her chances of getting accepted and gain a head start on her college education. As part of those studies, she did research into the psychological disorder ADHD. She drew attention to a trend that diagnoses undiscovered until adulthood show a tendency of not seeking medical treatment.
She has been working PT through HS saving money for school and we would like to help her with that burden.
PlastiCert is pleased and honored to provide her financial assistance toward fulfilling her career dream.