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AISI and AIST Announce Recipients of 2013–2015 FeMET, StEEL and Premier Scholarships

10/3/2013 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology Foundation’s Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today, or FeMET Initiative, and Steel Engineering Education Link, or StEEL, scholarship program, both aimed at attracting top talent to the North American steel industry, have awarded scholarships of US$5,000 to third-year students from leading North American colleges for the 2013–2015 academic years.
Each scholarship includes a paid internship at a North American steel company during the summer and a second scholarship of US$5,000 in the student’s fourth year based on satisfactory academic and internship performance. The Premier Scholarship is awarded to the top-scoring FeMET and StEEL applications received, and includes a US$10,000 scholarship and a paid internship with a North American steel company.

The following 2013–2015 scholars have been awarded the FeMET, StEEL and Premier Scholarships:

  • Thomas J. Chrobak, materials science and engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Jared Kerker, metallurgical engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Cameron LaPresta, metallurgical engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Kaitlin Marianelli, materials engineering and management, McMaster University
  • Sonya Snyder, metallurgical engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  •  Kaylee M. Strickland, metallurgical engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology

  • R. Agarwal, electrical engineering, McGill University
  • Taylor D. Collins, mechanical engineering Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Eurydice Kanimba, mechanical engineering, Midwestern State University
  • Trent R. Stewart, mechanical engineering, University of California–Santa Barbara

  • Myrissa N. Maxfield, materials science and engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Magda Zydzik, materials engineering, McGill University

The goals of these scholarship/internship programs are to present incentives to the scholarship recipients to continue in the field of ferrous metallurgy/materials science programs by ensuring two years of scholarship awards plus the summer internship, all provided that the students continue to perform satisfactorily in their studies and work.

The AIST Foundation is a Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized for charitable, education and scientific purposes that seeks to attract technology-oriented professionals to the steel industry by educating the public about the high-tech, diverse and rewarding nature of careers in modern steelmaking. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to talented and dedicated students to encourage the pursuit of a career within iron- and steel-related industries.

The AIST Foundation is part of AIST, an international technical association of more than 16,000 professional and student members from 70 countries. For more information about the AIST Foundation, visit

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 23 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI’s member companies represent approximately 75% of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s website.