Local & Regional
2:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Manufacturers Association Awards Scholarships to 12 Students

Students pursuing advanced manufacturing careers pose with Mayor Dewey Bartlett Friday after being awarded scholarships.
Students pursuing advanced manufacturing careers pose with Mayor Dewey Bartlett Friday after being awarded scholarships.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Tulsa Area Manufacturers Association gave out $9,000 in scholarships Friday to 12 students working toward careers in advanced manufacturing.

Scholarship Chair Everett Treat said the awards weren’t easy to get.

"You have to have a 3.0 or better grade point average, a 95 percent attendance rate, you have to go through an interview with a bunch of us guys who ask you lots of questions," Treat said. "And so these students who we're honoring today are the best of the best."

Scholarships ranged from $750 to $1,000 for full-time students and from $500 to $750 for part-time students.

TAMA President Richard Havir said the organization has worked hard the last several years to change how people see manufacturing jobs.

"It's not dirty. It's not dingy. It's a great career; it's a great place to be," Havir said. "It's why our state has, you know, some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country."

TAMA also gave donations of up to $1,500 to local organizations. Several Tulsa organizations and officials promote advanced manufacturing as a key industry for the future.