TECNOCAP scholarship awarded to two WJU engineering science majors

  WJU News
  Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:29 PM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

TECNOCAP, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of metal caps and enclosures, has once again partnered with Wheeling Jesuit University to award scholarships to two freshman engineering science majors. 

This year’s winners, Cale McMurdy of Sparks Glencoe, Md., and Donald Meredith of Wheeling, W.Va., will receive $23,000 in scholarships over the course of their four years at WJU. McMurdy and Meredith will also be eligible for priority internship placement at TECNOCAP’s facility in Glen Dale, W.Va.

“We’re very happy that Cale and Donald received this opportunity. The TECNOCAP Scholarship is a reason why WJU is a very affordable option for students,” said Sean Doyle, vice president of enrollment and marketing.

McMurdy, a graduate of Hereford High School, chose WJU because of the strong sense of community and the opportunities to combine engineering with a liberal arts core curriculum. McMurdy has family in the Wheeling area, which he said will also be comforting.

“The internship opportunities here will give me invaluable work experience and connections in the real world. I want to be an engineer because I love to apply my creativity to design and innovate things to solve problems that help society,” said McMurdy.

McMurdy is also a member of the WJU wrestling team.

Meredith, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, decided to attend WJU because of the small school size and the staff’s dedicated attention during the application and decision process.

“Through studying engineering, I believe that I can gain knowledge to help create different and unique methods to current and future technology not only to make it easier but also cost effective and safer,” said Meredith.

Outside the classroom, Meredith plans to participate in intramural sports. He also works at Oglebay Resort, serves as a YoungLife leader, and is restoring a 1997 Porsche Boxster.

“Having this opportunity in my home town made WJU even more appealing,” said Meredith.

WJU is the only institution in the region to offer a four-year degree in engineering.

“Our engineering science degree is somewhat unique and includes several courses in electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering,” said Robert Yahn, assistant professor and chair of engineering and technology sciences. “This blend fits nicely with our local Ohio Valley needs and also allows those students interested in graduate school the opportunity to make a more informed decision about what to study next. Internships are also an integral part of the curriculum and so far each our students have had the opportunity to work at a local Ohio Valley company.”

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and five graduate degrees. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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