media release

Date: June 7, 2016
Contact: Carly Rodgers, Marketing and Education Manager, + 913.396.0697


CBSA Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Overland Park, KS - The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association (CBSA) is pleased to announce that 14 recipients have been awarded a 2016 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 2016 CBSA Scholarship:

  • Courtnee Ambos, daughter of Mark Ambos, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Tracy Chung, daughter of Kyung Chung, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • John Ertel, nonmember student majoring in industrial distribution
  • Adrinnah Ferguson, daughter of Douglas Ferguson, an employee of Olin Brass
  • Dylan Gassoway, son of Ramona Gassoway, an employee of National Bronze & Metals Inc.
  • Marlynn Hall, daughter of Gary Hall, an employee of Hussey Copper
  • Scott Provenzano, nonmember student majoring in supply chain management
  • Emily Seykora, daughter of Joseph Seykora, an employee of Alro Steel Corporation
  • Hannah Tomor, daughter of Steve Tomor, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Brendan Tracy, son of Nicole Tracy, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Carly Walkup, daughter of David Walkup, an employee of Olin Brass
  • Kiana Waltermeyer, daughter of Scott Waltermeyer, an employee of Cambridge-Lee Industries, LLC
  • Alexa Wegman, daughter of Stephen Wegman, an employee of Materion Corporation
  • Mason Zadan, son of Thomas Zadan, an employee of Concast Metal Products Co.

Brendan Tracy has been selected as the R. Franklin Brown Jr. Scholarship recipient for 2016, CBSA’s top award for outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities. Tracy will be a freshman in the fall majoring in psychology with the goal to graduate from medical school. He carried a 4.19 GPA in high school while participating in baseball, marching band and intramural basketball. Tracy received the Rising Star Award in three of his AP classes, which is given by a teacher to a student who has shown improvement in their class. Brendan made Honor Roll all four years, received a 33 on the ACT® test and worked part-time.

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.

This is the third recognition for Alexa Wegman, who received a CBSA scholarship in 2014 and 2015. This is the second recognition for Courtnee Ambos, Tracy Chung and Hannah Tomor, who each received a CBSA scholarship in 2015. CBSA congratulates the 2016 scholarship recipients on their outstanding achievements and wishes each of them continued success.

Since 2009, the CBSA Educational Foundation, which funds the annual scholarship program, has awarded more than $100,000 to 75 deserving students. This year, the association awarded scholarships to its highest number of recipients, 14, and gave out its largest amount of varying funds totaling $15,000. Donations for the CBSA Educational Foundation are collected annually through the association’s membership renewal process and at its annual convention. At the 65th Annual CBSA Convention April 6-8, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, SC, delegates helped raise funds by pledging donations, purchasing golf sponsorships and playing in a special game as part of the Clambake Closing Celebration held on the final evening. Through these convention activities, $4,800 was raised for the CBSA Educational Foundation.

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.