This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Roland Kirsch, a 1960-1963 mechanical engineering major, who was in the first graduating class at Canton Area Technical School (CATS), now known as Stark State College. The quality education he received led to a 32-year long career in mechanical engineering at Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, Ohio. Over the years, both Roland and his wife, Marie, recognized the sacrifices that students made to achieve their educational goals. Marie, who taught in Stark State’s nursing program for 18 years, saw the daily monetary struggles many students experience. Through this memorial scholarship, Roland Kirsch’s widow of 38 years, strives to support a deserving mechanical engineering student earn an associate degree from Stark State College. Scholarship awards shall be provided to the student by crediting the student’s account for tuition, books, fees, and lab supplies. Scholarship awards may also be used for transportation and child care expenses.
To be eligible, a student:
- must be a second-year mechanical engineering student
- must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8
- should possess high aptitude in area of mechanical engineering, as determined by engineering dean/faculty
- should demonstrate initiative in own learning and be a self-starter
- may be enrolled full- or part-time in credit classes in the mechanical engineering program
- may be a traditional or non-traditional student
- may exhibit financial need
- student must obtain a recommendation from an engineering technology faculty member or department chair.
Application deadline: July 1.