Three Keene State Students Receive Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarships
Keene State College’s Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarship program is a multi-year scholarship that provides financial support to students and connects them with sponsoring businesses to foster mentoring, internships, and other ways of helping students gain meaningful experience and knowledge outside of the classroom. As part of the College’s efforts to build deeper relationships with business and prepare students to pursue meaningful work, Keene State collaborates with three New Hampshire businesses to support the program. This year, Brandt Adley, Madison Boerner, and Julia Proctor join two earlier cohorts of students as scholarship recipients.
“The Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarship Program has been a terrific resource for our business collaboration with regional manufacturers as we work to create opportunities for our students, strengthen our programs, and be a valuable source of future leadership for this vital economic sector,” said Keene State College President Dr. Anne Huot. “We look forward to expanding this program as Keene State broadens and deepens its relationships in New Hampshire’s manufacturing community.”
The Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarship program is in its third year. The program sponsors are Hitchiner Manufacturing of Milford, Markem-Imaje of Keene, and Whelen Engineering of Charlestown.
Brian Boardman, vice president of New Hampshire operations for Whelen Engineering says, “Our working relationship with Keene State continues to deepen. The College’s Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program is an excellent source of engineering talent. These students understand manufacturing and are excellent problem solvers who know how to work with their hands. This, and other programs at Keene State, are a tremendous resource for us and other regional businesses.”
The students who have been selected to participate in the Business Partners’ Scholarship Program this year are:
Brandt Adley, a sophomore from Milton, MA, majoring in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. He got involved with STEM when he went to Blue Hills Regional Technical High School, where he was in the shop of engineering. This began his passion for 3D printing, electronics and problem-solving. He has already worked with WWPASS, where he designed the company’s main product. Brandt transferred from UMass Dartmouth to Keene State, which allowed him to further his passion.
Julia Proctor is a first-year student from Marlborough, NH, majoring in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. She studied Machine Tooling for two years at Keene High School and now works as a machinist at Corning Specialty Materials in Keene, where she has an optical engineering research and development internship this summer. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys volunteering with the Monadnock Lions Club. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn more about manufacturing opportunities.
Madison Boerner is a sophomore from Merrimack, NH, pursing an individualized major combining Sustainable Product Design and Innovation and Graphic Design. She is the current vice president of the SPDI Club, and works as a lab monitor in the Keene State manufacturing lab. Madison discovered her love for design in first grade when she won Best in State at the Invention Convention. Since then, she has actively been working to further her design skills and practice studio art. She recently had a sculpture in the Carroll House Gallery in Keene. She is very passionate about sustainability, nature, and the many ways they can inspire and improve design.
Learn more about Keene State’s Corporate Relations Program on its web page.