The first $1,000 Wacker Science Award scholarship was presented Wednesday night to Coleman Heming, a graduating senior at Cleveland High School.
“We are pleased to honor this student because he has an enthusiasm in common with Wacker—a passion for taking something which is good and finding ways to make it even better,” said Dr. Konrad Bachhuber, vice president and site manager at Wacker Polysilicon North America, at the school’s class night on Wednesday.
In addition to the scholarship, Dr. Bachhuber awarded Coleman with a plaque and a copy of the 100th anniversary edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics by William M. Haynes (editor). Coleman receives eligibility for an internship at Wacker Polysilicon North America during his junior or senior year at college as part of this award.
Coleman plans to study software engineering at Tennessee Technological University.
“It is our goal with the Wacker Science Award to support and encourage students who demonstrate a strong aptitude and passion for science,” added Dr. Bachhuber.
The Wacker Science Award is a $1,000 scholarship, applied directly to college tuition, for the most eligible student who submitted an essay which best answered the following question: “Why do you wish to pursue science or engineering after high school?”
Two additional students will receive the 2014 Wacker Science Award; one each from Bradley Central High School and Walker Valley High School. The awards will be presented next week.
Wacker Science Award eligibility and requirements can be found online at www.wacker.com/science-award.
Since June 2009—before the company broke ground on their site in Charleston, Tenn.—Wacker Polysilicon has awarded scholarships each year to high school seniors in Bradley County. To date, including the scholarship awarded last night, the company has provided a total of $17,000 in local high school scholarships.