You're all winners in our book, but the board had to carefully evaluate and select just one winner for each of our two scholarships.
We are pleased to announce that Jamie Corteville of Fasteners Direct has been awarded the Edith Cameron Scholarship to attend the International Fastener Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada for 2017.
Jamie grew up helping her parents run the Ontario-Midland railroad. She learned many office skills and hands-on experience during that time, even before her professional career began.
From there, Jamie worked for a local metal manufacturing plant, working her way up the ranks. All the while she was attending night school and graduated with an Associate's degree in Accounting.
Jamie then found Fastener's Direct, a family-owned and operated fastener wholesaler. It didn't take long for Fastener's Direct to realize Jamie's potential.
Now, just a short two and half years later, she is the Finance Executive Assistant, at a time when Fastener's Direct is experiencing massive growth.
We are pleased to announce that Linda Grohowski of Brighton-Best International, Inc. has been awarded the Ann Bisgyer Wolz scholarship, which provides tuition for the Fastener Training Institute.
As a young woman in her early 20's, Linda was looking for more of a challenge in her career. She stumbled upon Watson Metal Products (now part of All America Threaded Products) in the classified ads. Linda continued with the company through the acquisition and after, until the operations moved.
From there Linda spent some time learning about socket products at E-Z Sockets, until they were acquired by Brighton-Best International, Inc., where she continues to thrive.
Even after 30 years in the industry, Linda recognizes that learning is ongoing, which requires the ability to be open-minded and to embrace change.
In the names of Edith Cameron and Ann Bisgyer Wolz, the WIFI scholarships will continue. Learn more about the scholarships and the women behind them here.
We'd like to extend our congrats to the winners!! Of course, we thank all of you that applied. All of the applications were amazing and it was so hard to choose. Stay tuned for info on when to begin applying for the 2018 scholarships.