Student Comments

Recent letters received from students:

S.C. - Trine University 2/27/18

I just wanted to send a deep thank you for the scholarship that I received at foundry night on Thursday. That will help a lot in funding my Trine University education. It is because of organizations like this that gets students excited about finishing school when you realize how much debt you have already accummulated. In the future I plan to give back to the organization that helped me finish my degree.

Z.S. - Trine University 2/27/18

I just wanted to send you this email to say thank you for allowing me to be one of the FEF Spring 2018 scholarship recipients at Trine University. Dr. Webber gave out the scholarships last week during our foundry night.

To give you an update on what I am doing, I will be finishing my co-op at Metal Technologies this upcoming summer. I have enjoyed my time there and am excited to be going back. I have learned much about the metals industry and am really enjoying it. Once again, thank you for the scholarship and opportunity. I am very honored as always to receive this scholarship and can not say thank you enough.

L.P. - Trine University 2/23/18

I am once again honored to receive my 3rd FEF scholarship! Dr. Webber has done great things for the foundation here at Trine University. As a senior, it is very clear that the foundry industry is the place for me after graduating. With that, I plan to donate to FEF once I have settled into my career after graduation. Please pass along my extreme gratitude to the entire team at FEF, I am thankful to have received this scholarship.

T.M. - Pittsburg State 2/8/18

I am a senior in Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Pittsburg State Unviersity. I am graduating in May 2018 and have recently accepted a job within the metalcasting industry. The purpose of this letter is to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for awarding me with the Bill Sorensen Scholarship. As a student, this money will be useful to help pay for tuition and books for this semester. It is great to be a part of an industry who cares so much about recruiting young people to join this wonderful field. Being awarded scholarships like this one, has made me want to give back to future students just like you have for me.

M.E. - Missouri Univ of Science & Technology 12/11/17

Thank you for all the hard work you and everyone at FEF did to make CIC possible. It was very successful. I am very glad to be involved with such a great industry. I look forward to starting my career in the foundry industry, and in the future giving other FEF students the same opportunities I have been given. FEF has given me many great opportunities since I have been in school. 

S.P. - Texas State 12/14/17

Thank you to all members/staff on the FEF Board of Directors. The hospitality and generosity I experienced while in Chicago for CIC was second to none. Dr. Dika encouraged me to join and there has been only benefits for me since then. I will continue to encourage people to join and explore the opportunities available. Dr. Dika awarded me with a scholarship and I am very thankful for you guys giving her the ability to do that for me. I will do my best to pay it forward.

L.P. - Trine University 12/7/17

I want to take a moment and personally thank you for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. Not only will this monetary award help with the financial burden of school, but I was also recognized in front of a room full of potential employers. I hope that one day I can get a career with one of these generous companies that have allowed me to further my education. Although this is not my first time winning an FEF scholarship, I full heartedly believe that FEF/AFS is one of the key motivating factors for me to continue my passion for a career in the foundry/casting industry.

B.G. - Texas State 11/28/17

First and foremost, I would like you guys to know that I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity and the scholarship that FEF has provided me. None of it would be possible without you guys and the rest of the team. The amount of effort and the quality of the interactions that I've had with the FEF team has been unparalleled by any other student or professional organization.

Secondly, thank you very much for the opportunity to attend CIC. It was an unreal experience that I know had a tremendous impact on everyone that attended. The atmosphere and passion was contagious and energizing. I am looking forward to starting my career in the foundry industry and will be doing my best to lead others down the same path. Again, none of it would be possible without your hard work and the support of high caliber companies.

C.R. - Youngstown State 11/21/17

Wow...I can't find the words to describe the CIC conference. I had no idea what to expect at all but I am so glad YSU as well as myself was able to attend. It was an eye opener for our school about starting an AFS student chapter as well as a way to continue in the CIC conference. Since we are new in the casting world, there is a lot to do from now till next year. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to go. I can't thank you enough for all your help in the application process and understanding with the webinars. I can say it was a very tiring conference since I was not use to networking for two days straight but it was so worth the trip and the long hours. The companies were all very nice and willing to talk to you. Next year hopefully more students from YSU will be able to attend. Again, thank you so very much. It was very muh appreciated.

L.J. - Texas State 11/21/17

I wanted to extend my thanks to you. The CIC opened more doors for me than I could ever imagine. It is an absolutely wonderful thing that you work s very hard to put on for us. It is an opportunity that I take as a privilege to be able to attend.

I am a senior in college and I have never been to such a well organized event, let alone an outstanding networking opportuntity. From a student who wears the shoes that you once wore, I am truly grateful for what you have done for me, and I hope to open the same doors for the upcoming engineers, just as you did for me when I join the workforce.

I commend you on your efforts, and once again I thank you for every opportunity that was given to me. Without your help, this event would not have been possible.

M.P. - Missouri Univ of Science & Technology 11/20/17

I am writing to thank you for your generous support in funding the 2017/18 Foundry Educational Foundation scholarships. I am currently pursuing my PhD in metallurgical engineering uder Professor Bartlett after three years of working in a steel casting foundry as a quality engineer and a quality lab manager. This funding will be a big help in continuing my research into lighweight steel alloys for military armor applications. I again wish to express my gratitude.

D.A. - Missouri Univ of Science & Technology 11/3/17

I was recently selected as the recipient of a 2017/18 FEF scholarship. As a gradstudent, this money is critical for purchasing materials relevant to my class work and research. I am beyond words and absolutely humbled bby the generosity of the FEF staff and its contributors. The time and money all of you put into this program is making a difference in the lives of young, aspiring metallurgists. I hope one day I will be able to help and inspire engineering students to achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you so very much!

M.E. - Missouri Univ of Science & Technology 11/3/17

Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. I am very honored to receive this award. FEF has been the most helpful foundation I have found during my time as a student. FEF and the foundry industry are so welcoming and helpful that they set themselves apart from other industries I have been a part of. I am looking forward to the CIC and starting my career in the foundry industry. I hope to one day give back to FEF to help future students take the same interest I have in this wonderful industry. Thanks again.

P.F. - Cal Poly-Pomona 6/29/17

I would like to graciously thank you for the gift of the FEF scholarship this past quarter. It is a real honor to be supported financially to study something I love. This past quarter, I was enrolled in the Foundry Engineering class at Cal Poly-Pomona, which was easily my favorite class out of the whole manufacturing engineering program. I have been obsessed with metalcasting ever since my high school metal shop class where I even built my own foundry furnace. I am currently on track to graduate by the end of this year and am doing my senior project at a local bronze foundry. I plan to most likely work in the field of casting after I graduate. A portion of this scholarship was used to fund my trip to Casting Congress this year in Milwaukee, which I really enjoyed, likewise with CastExpo which I attended last year. Both were factastic educational opportunities, and I also made some good connections. If you have any interest in seeing some of my personal foundry & machining projects, they can be found at, a website hosted by my brother and I. Much thanks.

A.B. - Wisconsin-Platteville 6/12/17

I would like to write and show my appreciation for being selected as a Foundry Educational Foundation scholarship recipient this spring. The organization's financial assistance will certainly be helpful towards furthering my education into metals processing and take some of the burden of next semester's tuition. I am honored to have been considered and selected for such an award, and would again just like to say thank you.

M.J. - Texas State 5/30/17

I would formally and very sincerely like to thank both you and FEF for selecting me as an FEF scholar again this year. FEF's contribution and investment towards my education does not go unappreciated, and I feel honored to have been selected as a recipient for the second year.

During my three years at Texas State University, I have become very involved in metalcasting, particularly in the steel industry. I become more fascinated by this industry every day because it affords me many opportunities to excel professionally, as well as remain intellectually stimulating throughout my career, which is something that I have come to admire about this career path.

I am nearing the completion of my degree, with my anticipated graduation date being December 2018. With this date fast approaching, scholarships are becoming increasingly crucial. Additionally, I have a sibling starting school in the fall, and so again, any contribution to my tuition is both welcome and appreciated by both myself and my family.

Again, thank you very much for your contribution. It will help me complete my education on time so that I may begin a career in metalcasting.

D.R. - Texas State 5/30/17

I want to thank you and the Foundry Educational Foundation Board of Directors for sponsoring and funding scholarships at Texas State University. As one of this year's recipients of the "Foundry Educational Foundation Scholarship," I wish to express my thanks to you and your organization for your generosity.

I knew that by selecting Texas State University I was already headed for a great future, supplemented with an enhanced education. This scholarship award will only further assist in achieving my education and career goals. Without a doubt, this award will prove to be extremely valuable for me, helping to reduce the financial burdens of pursuing a master's degree in Material Science and Engineering.

Once again, thank you for supporting the students of Texas State University. I hope to become an individual that makes your foundation proud.

P.J. - Texas State 5/30/17

It is with great gratitude that I express my appreciation for the scholarship funds bestowed unto me by FEF. I have secured a Supervisor in Training position with Andy Long of EJ USA in Ardmore, Oklahoma and these funds are going directly to the security deposit for the house that my wife and two beautiful children will be living in through the next few years. I humbly thank you for selecting me to receive these benefits and would like to assure you that they are going to the foundation for a long and prosperous career in the metalcasting industry. I would like to thank FEF for all that it has given to me, including a delegate position for CIC this past year, which I attribute to assisting me with landing my first job post-graduation.

J.C. - Texas State 5/30/17

First and foremost, I would like to thank you and everybody who makes FEF the amazing organization that it is. This year I am the proud recipient of an FEF scholarship and am very grateful, more than words can ever describe. If it was not for FEF and everything they have done for me, I would not have been given the opportunity of a lifetime for this summer. During the CIC conference, I had interviewed with General Motors. It was not until a month later when I received a phone call wanting to know why I had not filled out the application on line, so they could proceed with an internship offer. All I could do was just be in awe at that point. Not once did I even fathom the thought that GM would offer me an internship within their organization. I will forever be indebted to FEF for the amazing support I have received throughout my studies at Texas State University.

Truly, I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have been afforded to me by FEF to help me launch my new career in the metal casting industry.

C.M. - Texas State 5/30/17

I would like to sincerely thank you for the scholarshp you have provided me. Over the past couple of years, my interest in metal casting has grown and the people of the industry have treated me with the highest of hospitality. I am truly blessed to have discovered this industry and have met so many remarkable people that only want to see this generation succeed. The internship with Johnny Hill in Dallas and the metal casting conferences have been such an eye-opener, leading me to a higher appreciation and love for the industry and its people. Right now, I have been blessed with a manufacturing engineer position directly out of college, where the knowledge I have gained in the classrooms and labs has helped me excel. This scholarship has been one of the many blessings the organization has given me. The machine and supplies donations go a long way in the lab, and help us learn hands on. With this scholarship, I will continue to expand my trade and knowledge in the metal casting community and even after graduation this May, I will be a member and participate in FEF and AFS activities. It is my goal to continue teaching and helping others I meet along the way with the same passion and hospitality I have been treated with. The last couple of years in my college career have been an absolute blessing. Again, I would like to thank you and all the people that make this possible.

D.S. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/30/17

I am writing to thank you for awarding me this scholarship. I am honored to have been one of the few who've been selected for this type of scholarship.

I am a Manufacturing Technology Management major with minors in Metals Processing, Drafting and Product Design, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. My main focus is to stay involved with the casting industry through metallurgical sciences and rapid prototyping. I plan to use my skills in an investment casting foundry some day, or in a metal printing laboratory. This next coming semester, I will be a 5th year senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and I plan to graduate spring of 2018. I am involved with the American Foundry Society-Platteville Chapter, going on plant tours and class trips, and it is because of scholarships like this one that help out with going on these endeavors. Thank you very much!

By awarding me this scholarship, I plan to fund personal research into 3D Printed metal technology. It's obvious that the industry is leaning towards this technology, and I plan to be on the cutting edge for as long as possible. This means a lot that people in the industry are so willing to help us students out. I plan to spend this money wisely.

T.R. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/30/17

I am a Junior at UWP majoring in Manufacturing Technology Management with a minor in metals processing. I would like to thank you for the Key Professor scholarship. This money will be used towards my tuition next semester. I have come to find that FEF is a great organization that is very invested in students' educations. This is my second Key Professor scholarship along with an NEW scholarship. I have also benefited from FEF through such events as the Regional Casting Conference in Milwaukee where you held socials for students and industry to interact. All of the things you do for students greatly benefit us on our way to pursuing a career and for that I am extremely grateful. Once again, thank you for all you do.

J.K. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/26/17

I would like to thank you and the people of FEF for the generous scholarship that I received as part of the key professor scholarship. This scholarship means a lot to me as it will help me to more easily pursue my education in the foundry field. The money I receive from scholarships allows me to not have to work as much during the school year and devote more time to my education. The support from FEF is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

A.W. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/22/17

I am writing to thank you for the generous FEF Key Professor scholarship. I was very happy to learn I was selected as a recipient of this scholarship, and appreciative of the support. It will be very helpful towards my college tuition and expenses.

I am a Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in the metals program. As part of AFS and the metals program I have been able to experience many different processes through hands on experience and industry relationships. The education received from this has given me a greater understanding of many materials and casting processes which I hope will lead to an enriching career. I am looking forward to joining the foundry industry after graduation and hope to remain involved with both AFS and FEF. Thank you again for this scholarship.

M.E. - Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology 5/18/17

Thank you very much for selecting me for an FEF scholarship. It helps me alot, while I've been in school. I look forward to graduating and starting my career in the foundry business. FEF has done a great job by getting my interest into metalcasting. I can gladly say that it has had a huge influence on my choice to stay in the metalcasting industry.

A.S. - Michigan Tech 5/17/17

Thank you so much for the FEF scholarship this year, it allowed me to get steel toes and a much more professional wardrobe for my co-op this summer. Thanks again.

A.G. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/16/17

Thank you for the generous scholarship. I am excited to try out the skills I have learned throughout college during my upcoming internship this summer at Premier Aluminum. I am also excited to finish my education of metals at U.W. Platteville. With the help of this scholarship, I will be able to further my education and potentially continue onto a master's degree. I could also study other fields, like metallurgy to advance technology and teaching to educate other young minds interested in the metals fields. I will continue to help out my local high school's metals program, I will try to inspire others to pursue a higher education in the metals fields, especially Casting.

E.M. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/16/17

Thank you for supporting the Platteville Foundry program the way you have . All of us here appreciate the money you give us to continue our educations in the foundry industry. I am excited to take my skills into the field and become a tooling designer in the next year. From the University of Wisconsin Platteville Foundry program I have learned how to be a key teammate that assists in accomplishing projects with good designs and a time frame in mind. I hope what I have learned here will transfer well into the field, as it will quickly make me an asset to my future team. Thank you again for all of your support for the Platteville Foundry program.

P.A. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/12/17

I am writing to say thank you for the generous FEF Key Professor Scholarship. I was sincerely honored and excited to learn that I had been chosen for this scholarship. By giving me this scholarship, I can make the most out of what schooling I have left and worry less about paying for it.

I am excited to start my career in the metal casting industry and to start giving back to the industry. I look forward to keeping you up to date on where the industry takes me and how I am helping others with their education and career goals.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your generosity and your help with my college education. Your assistance in my education continues to inspire me to give back to the metal casting industry with knowledge and hard work and hopefully someday, helping a student with their education.

E.S. - Ohio State 5/12/17

I would like to thank the Foundry Educational Foundation for awarding me a scholarship to fund my goals in becoming a Materials Science Engineer at Ohio State. I very much appreciate the support in my studies. I will begin my internship at ArcelorMittal next week and will graduate with my B.S. next May. Thanks again! 

L.S. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/12/17

Thank you for your support of our UW Platteville metal casting program. Also thank you for this scholarship which has allowed me to focus on my studies during the school year instead of working another job. UW Platteville and all of its students are lucky to have such great support from industry and groups like FEF and AFS. I will be graduating this semester and working at Olson Aluminum; I look forward to donating back to FEF to help another student down the road. Thank you for all FEF has done.

M.K. - Wisconsin-Platteville 5/12/17

Thank you for your support of the UWP Industrial Studies program. I received the Key Professor Scholarship recently and would like to express my gratitude for the financial support I have received. I plan on using this support to extend my knowledge of industry and give back to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Industrial Studies program.

I am currently a Junior, going on my Senior year, at UWP as a Technology Education major. I currently work in retail twenty-five to thirty hours per week to pay for my schooling. The generous support that I have received will allow me to participate in more AFS meetings and field trips to enhance my knowledge of industry so that I can be more knowledgeable about industry when I am teaching in the future. With this support, I will become more involved in AFS next year to expand my knowledge of metallurgy, metal processes, and industry as a hole so that when I am teaching, I can excite young students of the possibilities of industry. I believe that my enthusiasm and knowledge are the building blocks to industry because I can get kids excited at a young age so that they look to continue their education in industry with a secondary education.

I also plan on using my financial support in support of the UWP Industrial Studies program itself. Dr. Metzloff is very positive with students and helpful but he is only one person. Currently, he is at times relying on out-dated media to help teach his classes. I plan on helping him up date this media in a more modern, informative way so that every industrial studies student benefits. I also plan on learning how to maintenance the tools in the shop because I will have to know how to do that myself when I am running the shop at a school. This learning will benefit the industrial studies too because I can be used to improve the shop and the overall learning experience.

Once again, thank you for all of your support of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Industrial Studies and AFS. Your support is enhancing our education here at Platteville so that we have knowledge and experience when we enter the workplace. Thank you for helping me continue my education in a positive way. I look forward to learning vital information in the future instead of working just to pay for school. Your support is allowing me to do that.

E.S. - Michigan Tech 5/11/17

I would like to thank you for the support you provide to the students such as myself. I would also like to thank anyone else involved in the decision-making process. These scholarships not only go to helping us pay for school but the little things like miscellaneous items that help us complete the projects we work on in class. Again, I would like to say thank you for your support.

R.S. - MichiganTech 5/11/17

I am writing to thank you for awarding me a scholarship for my involvement in the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise at Michigan Tech. This scholarship will help me continue my education in Materials Science and Engineering as I enter into my senior year. I greatly appreciate your support of my education and the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise.

M.I. - Michigan Tech 5/517

I thank you for this gift; I am very happy to have received this scholarship. As I continue my education at Michigan Tech, I strive to expand my horizons and become a valued member of the community. I'm studying Materials Science and Engineering, and I have one more year left in my education until I go out into the work force. This scholarship will help me to pay for my education. I thank you for this scholarship and will work to keep up with this expectation.

E.H. - Michigan Tech 5/8/17

I am writing to thank the FEF for their generous contribution to my education. This scholarship will be helpful when purchasing textbooks for next semester.