Foundation donates $25,000 for community college scholarships

The Gene Haas Foundation has donated $25,000 to Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the machining technology program there.

“This is a terrific investment by the Haas Foundation in the students and in the machining program,” said Jeanne Adkins, acting vice president for community college affairs at Colorado Mesa University. “It is also an investment in the employers who use Haas equipment and want to hire well-trained and educated employees.”

To be eligible for Haas scholarships, students must attend the college full time, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The amount of each scholarship is determined by individual circumstances. Six students each received $500 Haas scholarships for the spring semester. Students may re-apply for scholarships each semester.

Established by Gene Haas, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million to charities since 1999. The foundation expanded to provide scholarships for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs at community colleges and vocational schools. The machining program at WCCC is a nationally designated Haas Technical Education Center program.

Haas founded Haas Automation in 1983. The company since has become one of the largest machine tool builders in the world, manufacturing a line of computer numerical control machining centers, lathes and rotary products. The company also builds a variety of specialty machines, including five-axis and mold-making machining centers, tool-room machines and gantry routers.