media release

Date: June 1, 2017
Contact: Courtney Karr, Marketing and Education Manager, + 913.396.0697


CBSA Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Overland Park, KS - The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association (CBSA) is pleased to announce that 13 recipients have been awarded a 2017 CBSA Scholarship through the CBSA Educational Foundation. Annual CBSA scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need. CBSA member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program for industrial distribution are eligible to apply.


The following students have been awarded a 2017 CBSA Scholarship:

  • Baileigh Allen, daughter of Matthew Allen, an employee of PMX Industries, Inc.
  • Morgan Bauer, daughter of Leonard Bauer, an employee of Olin Brass
  • Makayla Beard, daughter of James Beard, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Rhianna Daisher, daughter of David Day, an employee of Alro Steel
  • Katherine Gordon, daughter of David Gordon, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Jasmine Johnson, daughter of Josh Johnson, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Lezel Legados, daughter of Limuel Legados, an employee of Sequoia Brass & Copper
  • Sheree Murphy, daughter of Arthur Murphy, Jr., an employee of PMX Industries, Inc and winner of the top award, the R. Franklin Brown, Jr. Scholarship
  • Austin Parish, son of Gary Fuller, Sr., an employee of Olin Brass
  • Scott Provenzano, nonmember student majoring in supply chain management
  • Talia Scilla, daughter of Elena Scilla, an employee of Lewis Brass & Copper Co., Inc.
  • Hannah Tomor, daughter of Steven Tomor, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Kiana Waltermeyer, daughter of Scott Waltermeyer, an employee of Cambridge-Lee Industries, LLC

Sheree Murphy has been selected as the R. Franklin Brown Jr. Scholarship recipient for 2017, CBSA’s top award for outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities Sheree will be a freshman in the fall majoring in mechanical engineering and industrial design. Enjoying math and physics, her goal is to use her education to advance innovations in the manufacturing field of design. In high school, Sheree carried a 4.0 GPA while participating in many extracurricular activities including the robotics team, marching band, track and field and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Sheree received the 2016 First Trimester CHIPPO award in physics for scoring 100 percent on exams and less than 1 percent error on labs. Sheree is a member of the National Honor Society.

The R. Franklin Brown Jr. Scholarship honors R. Franklin Brown, Jr., who retired from CBSA in 2009 after 50 years at the helm of the Copper and Brass Servicenter Association as executive vice president. He joined the trade group in 1959 and was quickly promoted to the position of executive vice president. Upon Brown’s retirement he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council for his exemplary service to the industry.

Since 2009, the CBSA Educational Foundation, which funds the annual scholarship program, has awarded more than $100,000 to 75 deserving students. Donations for the CBSA Educational Foundation are collected annually through the association’s membership renewal process and at its annual convention. At the 66th Annual CBSA Convention April 5-7, 2017 in Tucson, AZ, delegates helped raise funds by pledging donations, purchasing golf sponsorships and playing in a special game as part of the Cactus and Cocktails Closing Party.

About the CBSA Educational Foundation

The CBSA Educational Foundation was established to develop and administer the annual scholarship program at the undergraduate school level to promote study in fields helpful to the copper and brass and/or industrial distribution industries. Through the CBSA Educational Foundation, CBSA offers annual scholarships to children of employees of CBSA’s member companies and to students studying industrial distribution. This program benefits both deserving students and academic institutions while also helping to channel outstanding personnel into employment within the copper and brass industries.

The CBSA Scholarship Program:

1. Provides meaningful financial support for the education of worthy scholarship candidates.
2. Benefits the business community through better-educated people.
3. Exposes scholarship candidates to the ever-expanding industrial distribution industry.
4. Strengthens CBSA through a direct link to education today.

About CBSA

The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association is a community of copper and brass service centers, mills and platers working together to promote the use and growth of opportunities for copper and brass mill products. For more than 60 years, CBSA has been the only trade association committed solely to advancing the copper and copper alloy mill products distribution industry. CBSA members include the leading service centers, mills and platers in the copper and copper alloy industry. The CBSA mission statement: To enhance its members’ role as an effective and profitable distribution link between suppliers and customers and to promote the use of and growth opportunities for copper and brass mill products. This is achieved by offering education and training, providing information and promoting constructive dialogue between service center members, mills and platers servicing our industry.