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Wheeling University Engineering Science Students Michael Dague, Joshua Blandino Nab Scholarships

Michael Dague

WHEELING — Two incoming freshmen at Wheeling University will receive scholarships awarded by TECNOCAP, the world’s third-largest manufacturer of metal caps and enclosures.

Once again this year, TECNOCAP has partnered with Wheeling University to provide academic scholarships to incoming engineering science majors. Scholarship winners for this year are Michael Dague, a resident of Wheeling, and Joshua Blandino of Milford, Del. The two incoming freshmen will each receive a $23,000 scholarship over the course of their four years at Wheeling University.

“We are grateful to TECNOCAP for providing our students with financial assistance to pursue an engineering science degree at our University. The company’s commitment to education and our University is humbling, because it truly impacts the lives of our students and their families,” Wheeling University President Ginny Favede said.

Dague is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, where he excelled in the classroom. In addition, he was a member of the soccer team, the National Honor Society, his church’s youth group, and he was involved in community service.

Dague believes Wheeling University will afford him a perfect opportunity to pursue an engineering career.

“The University fosters competence, creativity and innovation by offering the engineering curriculum and develops leaders by offering internship experiences. Staying in the community where I grew up and served throughout my life, affords me the opportunity to continue to serve others. I want to attend Wheeling because it is a Christian organization where I can be encouraged in my faith,” he explained.

Blandino is a graduate of Polytech High School, where he was a high academic achieving member of his class. He was a member of the lacrosse team, the Honor Society, and participated in community service.

He believes Wheeling’s engineering science program will introduce him to different fields of engineering.

“Although I am unsure of the field of engineering I wish to pursue, I believe that any field will make a community or the world better. Engineering, as a profession, is important for solving everyday problems. The idea of helping people in the world, whether it is a group of people or a single person, is humbling to me,” Blandino added.

The TECNOCAP Scholarship recipients also receive priority placement for paid internships at the company’s Glen Dale, West Virginia facility.

“In addition to the annual scholarships and internship opportunities, TECNOCAP has hired three of our Wheeling University graduates as full-time employees. Moving forward, this partnership is something we hope to replicate with other Ohio Valley industries,” said Robert Yahn, assistant professor of engineering.

To be eligible for the TECNOCAP/Engineering Science Scholarship, high school students must be accepted to Wheeling University by March 16, declare engineering science as their major, maintain a cumulative 3.25 high school GPA, and score at least a 22 composite on the ACT or an 1100 on the SAT. Students must apply for the scholarship and write a short essay about why they want to be an engineer and how Wheeling University and the engineering program will help them achieve their goals.

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