KENTWOOD, Mich., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Autocam Corp., a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries, announced today it will offer three full-tuition scholarships at Grand Valley State University's engineering school.
The new Autocam Engineering Scholarship, founded by Autocam President and Grand Valley Board of Trustees member John C. Kennedy, is aimed at attracting top-notch engineering and mathematics students to the West Michigan area, where there is significant need for these skills among local industries.
"Our need for exceptional engineers, coupled with Grand Valley's excellent engineering program, is the reason we want to provide these full-tuition scholarships," Kennedy said, adding that the scholarships will be awarded to two sophomores and one freshman for the 2012-2013 school year.
In the global automotive industry, the demand for precision manufacturing continues to increase, primarily driven by the need for better fuel economy. Autocam plays a critical role in the market for advanced fuel systems, particularly in innovative fueling systems that will dramatically reduce vehicle fuel use.
"Autocam is experiencing rapid growth in our advanced fuel systems technologies, and hiring outstanding engineers is critical to our success," Kennedy said. "By investing in students through this scholarship, we are investing not only in the future of the West Michigan community but in Autocam's future as the premier company for this specialized technology."
Autocam's are the only full-tuition scholarships at Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Candidates for the scholarship must be accepted for admission at GVSU and be full-time students at the College of Engineering and Computing. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and declare a major in engineering. Scholarship recipients will be announced in September.
Autocam, whose global headquarters is in Kentwood, Mich., is a worldwide manufacturer of precision-machine components for all major OEMs and Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Autocam specializes in high precision components for emerging fuel system technologies, including gasoline- and diesel-injection, alternative fuels, cylinder de-activation, and other technologies critical for mandated fuel economy improvements. The company has 14 manufacturing facilities and employs more than 1,500 highly skilled employees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.autocam.com.