During recent honors ceremonies at Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley High Schools, the “WACKER Spirit of Innovation” Scholarship Award was presented to Jessie Garrett, Bradley Central; Nicole Hayes, Cleveland; and Robby Caldwell, Walker Valley.
The students received the $1,000 scholarship because they attained the highest grade-point average or highest ACT score at their respective high school. Each must also attend an accredited college or university and must attend the school stipulated.
Dr. Ingomar Kovar, president and chief operations officer of Wacker Chemical Corp., applauded the scholarship recipients.
“The obligations of a major company extend far beyond the development and sale of products,” Kovar said. “WACKER is pleased to provide scholarship assistance to those talented students who have excelled in the classroom and have demonstrated the initiative to work hard in pursuit of their life’s goals and ambitions. We are very proud of their achievements.”
Gary Farlow, president of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, presented the scholarships.
“Wacker Chemical Corporation continues to establish a community presence here before we formally break ground in north Bradley County,” Farlow said in making the scholarship presentations on behalf of Wacker. “This company values education, which is necessary for the jobs Wacker will bring to our community, and these students reflect academic excellence.”
He continued, “This scholarship, first presented in 2009 shortly after the announcement that Wacker will locate a manufacturing facility here, demonstrates Wacker’s commitment to Bradley County and to rewarding educational excellence in our community. Their decision to continue awarding the scholarships before they begin their manufacturing processes indicates the kind of corporate citizen they will be.”