A new scholarship is available to students of the St. Marys Area School District. Five students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship per year for the four years they successfully remain enrolled in a college or university. A total of $100,000 will be distributed.
The generous scholarship was established by Nathan Milikowsky, former owner of C/G Electrodes, which he sold in 2010 and is now known as GrafTech International.
"I will always have a warm affection for the people of St. Marys and want to establish this scholarship program as an effort to assist the future generations," Milikowsky said.
Applications are available in the high school's guidance office. Students should preferably have a 3.0 grade point average or higher; however, all students are welcome to apply. Financial guidelines are listed on the scholarship form. The deadline to submit applications is the last day in April.
Milikowsky first arrived in St. Marys in December 2002 during a visit to the closed Carbide/Graphite plant located on Theresia Street.
At the time, he was informed the plant would be torn down and the equipment auctioned off.
Following his visit, Milikowsky created a plan to purchase the plant and bring it back to production. This was completed in early 2003, and he reopened under the name C/G Electrodes and succeeded in increasing the plant's production by 50 percent, above any of its previous records.
During Milikowsky's eight years as a plant owner, he spent a significant portion of his time in St. Marys, where he developed strong friendships with employees and others he worked with, as well as with other people in the community.