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November 3, 2012

Welding scholarship applicants sought

— The owners of JWF Industries, Bill, John and Tom Polacek, have established a memorial scholarship in honor of their late father, John J. Polacek Sr., who founded the company in 1958 on the back of his pickup.

When he died in 1987, son Bill bought the company from his mother. Since then, the family-run business has grown into a large welding, fabricating, machining and powder-coating company with more than 450 employees. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a top employer in the region.

In partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, the second annual John J. Polacek, Senior Memorial Scholarship will be available to new and currently enrolled students in the welding technology program. Two years of full-time tuition will be awarded (valued at $11,870 for Cambria County residents) for an undetermined amount of recipients. This annual scholarship is designed to encourage students of all ages to continue their education and pursue an associate degree in welding.

All surrounding county residents are eligible, however, the recipient must be able to commute and work for JWF in Johnstown during summer and winter breaks.

Following graduation, the recipient agrees to a minimum of a 12-month work commitment to JWF. The recipient must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. The final recipients will be selected though an interview process with the CEO.

Application and required documents are due by Jan. 31.

For more information or to request an application, email

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