Haas Foundation check
Tony Rudd, sales engineer with MMT, LLC (representing the Haas Foundation); Jeanne Adkins, acting vice president for community college affairs; Haas scholarship recipients John Swiger and Shane Christensen; WCCC Assistant Technical Professor Bill McCracken and WCCC Manufacturing Technology Instructor Michael Carlton pose with a ceremonial check in the Archuleta Engineering Center's machining technology lab.


Haas Foundation donates $25,000 for scholarships

Western Colorado Community College machining students have a lot for which to thank the Gene Haas Foundation. On Feb. 29, the foundation presented a $25,000 ceremonial check to WCCC. The funds will provide scholarships for students in the machining technology program.

“This is a terrific investment by the Haas Foundation in the students and in the machining program,” said Jeanne Adkins, acting vice president for community college affairs. “It is also an investment in the employers who use Haas equipment and want to hire well-trained and education employees.”

To be eligible for the Haas Scholarship, students must attend WCCC full time, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The amount of each scholarship will be determined based on individual circumstances. Six students received Haas scholarships to WCCC for the spring semester. Each scholarship was for $500. Students may reapply for for the award each semester.

Established by Gene Haas, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million to deserving charities since 1999. It was formed to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, and has expanded to provide scholarships for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs at community colleges and vocational schools.

WCCC’s machining program is a nationally designated Haas Technical Education Center program.

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