Growing up is hard to do. Following graduation, FCA US LLC wants to make sure students are ready for their next step in life.
That’s why each year since 2013, the company has distributed FCA Student Achievement Awards to children of employees at FCA facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The scholarships are presented for three academic milestones – applicants who completed high school, associate or bachelor degree programs are considered.
This year’s program honored 71 winners who were chosen based on key criteria related to academic performance, the strength of curricula, essay submission, extracurricular activities and financial/personal hardships.
The applicants were evaluated by a team of internal judges and external judges. FCA US employee volunteers served as internal judges while a group of academic professionals served as external judges.
Michelle Ferderbar, with her mom, Marjana, at the FCA Student Achievement Awards.
Dee Klimek, HR Business Partner for Manufacturing Engineering and Press Shops and Dies, has served as a judge for the program the last three years.
“By recognizing the outstanding achievements of the children of our FCA employees this program represents the very best of who we are as a company,” Klimek said. “For me, as a judge, it is inspiring to learn about the outstanding achievements and commitment to community service demonstrated by the children of people I work alongside every day.”
Rising to the top
Kevin Hoey works at the Marysville Parts Depot and has had two children earn FCA Student Achievement Awards: son Shane in 2015 and daughter Caitlin in 2017.
FCA Student Achievement Award winner Caitlin Hoey, with dad Kevin and mom Anne.
“My wife and I are extremely proud of both our children for all their scholastic achievements,” Kevin said. “Earning an award from FCA was the pinnacle. Both work hard and understand what it’s going to take to be successful in today’s world.”
“When I received the FCA Student Achievement Award I was blown away,” noted Kevin’s daughter Caitlin, who studies speech pathology at Western Michigan University Graduate School. “I am truly honored to have stood out. This award gives me the chance to breathe. I now have a cushion to fall back on for academic and living expenses.”
Since 2013, more than 2,500 applications have been submitted and evaluated, with more than 350 candidates receiving awards totaling more than $2.3 million.