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Three Keene State Students Awarded Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarships

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Andrew Brosky, of South Deerfield, MA; Julia Przekaza, of Goffstown, NH; and Robert Zawasky, of Windsor, CT, were awarded the Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarship, a multi-year scholarship that provides financial support to students and connects them with sponsoring businesses to foster mentoring, internships, and other ways to help them gain co-curricular experience and knowledge.

As part of Keene State College’s efforts to build deeper relationships with business and prepare students to pursue meaningful work, the College collaborates with three New Hampshire businesses – Hitchiner Manufacturing (Milford,NH), Markem-Imaje (Keene), and Whelen Engineering (Charlestown, NH) – to support the program. The Manufacturing Partners’ Scholarship program is now in its second year.

“We continue to be impressed with Keene State as a reliable source of ‘home-grown’ talent,” said Tim Sullivan, VP of Corporate Affairs and Services for Hitchner Manufacturing. “They have a deep appreciation of manufacturing, work hard to understand our needs, and strive to be responsive and collaborate partners. Hitchiner is pleased to say it has just hired another graduate of Keene State’s Sustainable Product Design and Innovation Program into our engineering training program.”

This year’s recipients:

Andrew Brosky, a sophomore majoring in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation, worked in his grandfather’s machine shop since age 12 and developed a love of precision machining. He looks forward to pursuing a career in manufacturing.

Julia Przekaza is a freshman majoring in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation with a minor in management. The past two summers she was a camp counselor at the UNH Tech Camp working to inspire middle school students to pursue studies in STEM disciplines. Her dream is to live and work in New Hampshire.

Robert Zawasky, a sophomore majoring in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation, grew up near Bradley airport, where he developed an early fascination for aviation. Robert’s participation in the NASA Hunch Program led to him working with NASA engineers in designing a storage locker for use on the International Space Station. At Keene State, Robert is working as the manufacturing lab assistant and is busy with a number of projects.

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