Dematic shells out scholarship awards

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Dematic has announced the 2023 recipients of its Dematic FIRST Scholarship program, which honours students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related industries.

Now in its third year, this scholarship program supports corporate nonprofit, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Scholarship honourees include students Jace Flansburg from Ramsey, Minnesota, and Lukas Goodworth from Goleta, California, who were each awarded US$5,000 to put toward a post-secondary degree or technical certification.

Dematic also awarded 10 additional $1,000 scholarships to Matthew Carroll, Miles Frewert, Rajat Gupta, Alydia Jura, Richard Louvar, Jack Meyer, Sebastian Romna, Navya Swali, Tanush Vanarase, and Andrew Yellin.

“Each year, I am impressed by the remarkable talent showcased by these scholarship recipients,” said Mike Larsson, executive vice-president, Americas, Dematic.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impact that FIRST has on future STEM leaders, and this real-world experience is vital as they begin their careers. This was the most competitive group of applicants in the scholarship’s history, and the increased interest in the program underscores the importance of investing in STEM education to empower the next generation.”

This year’s scholarship program received 25 percent more applications than last year. Dematic executives reviewed all applications, selecting honourees based on their academic excellence and commitment to pursuing a future in STEM.

The program requires applicants to provide their transcripts, a one-page essay discussing a future where humans and machines interact in the warehouse, and a letter of recommendation. In addition, they must have previously competed in a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge.

“My experience learning and competing with FIRST during high school is what cemented my interest in pursuing a STEM degree during college,” said Lukas Goodworth, mechanical engineering student at Westmont College.

“I’m extremely honoured to be awarded the Dematic FIRST Scholarship, and I’m grateful for the opportunities it provides as I continue my education at Westmont College and start my career.”

Dematic employees volunteer their time and talent to local FIRST teams, providing mentorship and guidance to students. Within the last year, Dematic sponsored 17 FIRST teams throughout the country and donated $65,000 to the nonprofit to support students as they prepare for competitions and careers in STEM.