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May 28, 2013
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Gerdau recently awarded local high school student Adelyn Bryson a $10,000 scholarship to attend Maryville College this fall. She is the daughter of James “Woody” Bryson, a 10-year Gerdau employee who works in the factory’s rolling mill.
Gerdau Vice President of Human Resources Carl Czarnik presented the award during an employee luncheon at the company’s Knoxville steel mill on May 15.
Adelyn is currently a senior at Berean Christian School and plans to study nursing. She was selected for the scholarship by an independent panel based on her academic success, volunteer work and extracurricular involvement.
Out of 375 applicants, the panel chose 15 students from across the nation to receive scholarships.
“The selection panel looks at more than just academics,” said Gerdau Vice President and General Manager John Miller. “They look for students with a broader scope of achievements throughout high school who have potential to succeed in the future. We are glad to be a part of Adelyn’s preparation for a successful career.”
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has around 140,000 shareholders.
The Knoxville steel mill has been in this community for 110 years under various names and owners. Gerdau took over operations in 2000 and employs 237 local residents.