SCTC Foundation Awards Gene Haas Scholarships

Date Posted: March 27, 2024

Five Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) students have received the Gene Haas Scholarship, which rewards academic excellence and provides financial support for students working toward a degree, diploma or certificate in the Precision Machining and Manufacturing program. Sage Spade of Coweta County; Tyler Peacock, Justin Rotella and Michael White of Henry County and Camden Cook of Pike County have each received the Gene Haas Scholarship for the summer 2024 semester.

The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded $8,000 to the SCTC Foundation to fund student scholarships and to help pay for textbooks or supplies for students currently enrolled in a machining-based program. With these funds, students were able to purchase laptops needed to run industry-specific software.

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Dr. Irvin Clark, Southern Crescent Technical College President. “These funds will enable students in our Precision Machining and Manufacturing program to stay the course and be well-prepared to enter the workforce. We are so thankful for our partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation and that they are making this investment in the next generation of highly skilled workers in this high-demand field.”

“The primary mission of the Gene Haas Foundation is to partner with the best schools and training programs to introduce students to career opportunities, then provide scholarships and support to students in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology,” said Kathy Looman, director of Education, Haas Technical Education Conferences and Gene Haas Naming Grants. “These careers are rewarding with good pay and opportunities to grow with a company or to become an entrepreneur.”

Gene Haas, founder and owner of Haas Automation, personally funds his foundation to support the future of manufacturing because he believes that manufacturing is the foundation of a strong economy, Looman said.