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Ash Grove Cement Co. announces intern scholarships

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Matthew Iles and Kaitlyn Watts have been selected to receive the Ash Grove Cement Co.’s two annual intern scholarships.

Iles has interned for Ash Grove at its Midlothian plant in Texas in the summer of 2018 and is studying chemical engineering at Kansas State University. In addition to his internship at Ash Grove Cement, Iles has also volunteered for the Wamego Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Watts has interned for Ash Grove at its Overland Park technical centre in Kansas in the summer of 2018. She is studying chemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). As well as her internship at Ash Grove, Watts gas been a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has also achieved the Dean’s Honour Roll at Missouri S&T.

“From the quarry supplying limestone to console operators monitoring the process, the plant has endless opportunities to learn and further one’s knowledge,” said Iles. “For me this is critical – I enjoy learning something new each day and the cement industry provides an environment to do just that.”

“The combination of being around my coworkers and understanding the impact cement has on the community has furthered my interest in the field as a career because I want to put that knowledge towards making a positive impact on everyone around me,” said Watts.

“I am always impressed by the interns’ strong work ethic and desire to learn,” said Dave Ezell, Vice President of Human Resources at the Ash Grove Cement Co. “Student projects not only contribute to the company, but also provide for the professional growth of the students.”

The company’s annual US$1500 scholarship was established in 2007 to recognise students who successfully completed a summer internship with Ash Grove or one of its subsidiaries, and who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the cement industry.

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