Verso awards craftsman scholarships

From left, Verso Quinnesec Mill Maintenance and Engineering Manager Mike Bathke is pictured with scholarship winners Cole Brown and Ricky Holmstrom, Human Resources Manager LeeAnn Johnson and Mill Manager Mike Glodowski. Not pictured is Trevor Anderson.

QUINNESEC –The Verso paper mill in Quinnesec has awarded three Verso Skilled Craftsman Scholarships valued at $12,000 each to local high school seniors who will attend the Industrial Automation and Controls Engineering Technology program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wis.

“The Verso Skilled Craftsman Scholarships provide members of our local community with educational opportunities that lead to good paying jobs while helping Verso grow talent in skilled trade positions that are in high demand,” said Verso Quinnesec Mill Human Resources Manager LeeAnn Johnson. “It’s a win-win for the scholarship recipients and our mill.”

The Verso scholarship program is geared toward recent high school graduates, military members and Verso hourly employees with an interest in pursuing a Verso Quinnesec Mill position as an electrical and instrumentation, mechanical maintenance or power technician or as a machinist.

Candidates must apply for the scholarships, and if awarded, funds are paid directly to the participating college. Verso employees who receive scholarships can continue to work full-time and are eligible for book reimbursement through Verso’s Employee Education Assistance Program. Non-employee recipients have the opportunity to work part-time as a Verso intern or co-op and be hired after graduation.

The three 2019 scholarships recipients are Cole Brown, Niagara High School; Ricky Holmstrom, Kingsford High School; and Trevor Anderson, Norway High School. After graduation from NWTC, all three students will be employed at the Verso Quinnesec Mill as full-time electrical and instrumentation technicians with a three-year commitment.

Cole Brown receives his scholarship from Verso Quinnesec Mill Human Resources Generalist Tim Claflin at a Niagara High School scholarship ceremony.

Verso Skilled Craftsman Scholarships are available to local applicants to attend certain regional colleges with approved curriculums. For more information about the scholarship program requirements, eligibility and how to apply, email the Verso Quinnesec Mill Human Resources department at Qu-HR-Payroll@Versoco.com.