Scholarship Opportunties

Murakami Reflection Scholarship - Application Deadline: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Murakami Manufacturing USA, Eastern Kentucky University, and Taylor County Schools have partnered together to offer annual scholarships and paid summer internships to two Taylor County High School students. The recipients of the scholarship will be deemed Murakami Scholars.

Murakami will be awarding two TCHS seniors who plan on attending and graduating from EKU’s Applied Engineering Management (AEM) program a $1,000 annual scholarship, in addition to a paid summer internship throughout the student’s enrollment in the AEM program. EKU will be matching the scholarship amount for each student. The intent of the scholarship is to prepare the Murakami Scholars for possible full-time employment, in an engineering position, upon graduation.

Based on a four year time period, four years of employment at Murakami and four years of scholarship money values this scholarship around $25,000 - $35,000 for each student. 

The idea of this scholarship started approximately two years ago when Murakami USA President and COO, Michael Rodenberg, reached out to EKU President, Michael Benson and explained that it was becoming difficult to attract local talent in central Kentucky. Ideally, the “Murakami Model,” as now referred to by EKU’s College of Business and Technology Dean, Thomas Erekson, connects businesses with students who want to remain close to home and grooms them to become experts in their chosen career field. The model allows students to earn and work their way through college while developing the skills that companies need.

The scholarship was officially launched on Wednesday, December 14th at Murakami Manufacturing in Campbellsville, KY. 

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