Western Kansas high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and interested in attending tech school or college are eligible to apply for scholarships sponsored by the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, which also sponsors the annual 3i Show.
Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year are available at Barton Community College, Colby Community College, Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College, NCK Tech (North Central Kansas Technical College), Northwest Kansas Technical College, Seward County Community College/Area Tech School, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.
Qualifying students are U.S. Citizens residing in Western Kansas who have graduated from a Western Kansas high school. The scholarships are for freshman students with preference given to those enrolling in Industrial Engineering, Pre-Engineering or Business Administration. Scholarship applications should be made directly through the individual school’s financial aid or scholarship department.
Scholarships range from $500 to $700 for each student for a given school year. They are designed to help students prepare for careers in manufacturing and are designed to prepare western Kansas students for jobs in the manufacturing industry in western Kansas. For the last two decades, those employers have faced a shortage of qualified workers.
One scholarship remains available for the 2015-2016 school year at NCK Tech (North Central Kansas Technical College) in Beloit.
WKMA scholarships are partially funded each year by the sale of three hundred limited-edition belt buckles commemorating the upcoming 3i SHOW. Buckle order forms are available online at www.3ishow.com/3ishow/merchandise. Buckles will also be available for sale October 13-15 at the 62nd Annual 3i SHOW in Dodge City at the Western State Bank Expo Center.
For more information regarding scholarships, buckles or the 62nd Annual 3i SHOW, visit www.3ishow.com, or contact the WKMA office directly toll-free at 877-405-2883 or locally at 620-227-8082.