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Giving Arm of AWI Awards Scholarships, Support Donations

The AWI Education Foundation (AWIEF) has awarded $36,000 in scholarships and wood industry support for 2009. “This is a historic event for AWIEF, the giving arm of AWI,” AWI Executive Vice President Philip Duvic said.

Read all about the scholastic scholarships, the support contribution to WoodLINKS and donation to the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) in the May 2009 issue of AWI NewsBriefs coming to your mailbox within the next few days.

AWI officials presented a check for $22,000 to WoodLINKS USA. Pictured (L to R) are: Dave Nadolski, AWIEF Treasurer, A. J. Pietsch Company; Robert Stout, AWIEF President, RLS Commercial Interiors; Bill Geyer, AWIEF Director, PA Institute of Technology; and Duane Griffiths, AWIEF Vice President, Stiles Machinery.

In making the announcement AWIEF President Robert Stout said,  “We have waited a long time for the AWIEF’s establishment.  With a mechanism in place, AWI members can now look forward to taking advantage of an avenue within AWI to make contributions for scholarships and support the industry as a whole.  In the coming months, we look forward to the next phase of our work which includes informing our membership and chapters of new opportunities for making tax-deductible contributions.

”Brent Jenkins, a student in the Madison Area Technical College Construction & Remodeling program, was one of four students who received a $1,500 scholarship from the AWIEF.  “Brent also took the gold medal in Carpentry a the local SkillsUSA competition and will represent MATC at the National Competition this summer in Kansas City,” Patrick A. Molzahn MATC Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director said.

In thanking the AWIEF for its contribution, Tropical Forest Foundation President Keister Evans said, “It is our goal through major economies and with the continued support of important contributors like AWI to continue the global TFF operations without serious interruption.”
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