Sheet metal student lands scholarship

DOWNEY - Downey resident Robert Johnson has received a $500 "GO-Brennan" scholarship toward his college education from the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and SolidWorks Corporation.Johnson attends Long Beach City College and is majoring in sheet metal. Johnson will also receive the full licensed version of the SolidWorks Student Design Kit CAD software, a Windows-based 3-D CAD application that gives students the ability to create "real-life" 3-D designs, and a Vista auto-darkening welding helmet, compliments of the Lincoln Electric Company. The "GO-Brennan" scholarships are tied to FMA's sponsorship of 17-year-old stock car driver Brennan Palmiter, who is proficient in four types of welding, a skill he uses to motivate other young people to consider the industrial trades as a career choice. Palmiter appeared in a video on YouTube inviting high school, trade school and college students seeking careers in manufacturing to apply for the scholarships. Applicants were required to create and post their own videos on YouTube explaining why they want to be in manufacturing, what career they seek and where they want to attend school. They also were encouraged to include footage of themselves welding or building with metal. In 2008, 13 "GO-Brennan" scholarships totaling $6,500 were awarded to students from across the country. ********** Published: January 30, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 41